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Broccoli Side Dish Recipe

Broccoli Side Dish Recipe

With just a few ingredients, this makes a special side that kids of all ages would enjoy. A touch of brown sugar makes it a great dish for parents trying to get the kids to eat more veggies!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic


  • 1. Place broccoli in a large microwave-safe bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients; pour over broccoli. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 88 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Broccoli Side Dish

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Debglass11 254110
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2016

"I made this broccoli tonight and my son loved it! I doubled the sauce, and like some of the other reviewers, I added some sesame oil too. I didn't use the microwave for this; instead I steamed the broccoli slightly first, and then simmered it in the sauce on the stovetop. Would have liked the sauce to be a bit thicker, but all in all, this is a good change of pace from your usual steamed broccoli!"

angela32 253543
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2016

"I made this tonight and everyone loved it. After reading the reviews, I too added sesame oil and crushed red pepper flakes. Will make this again and again!"

annrms 253217
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2016

"This recipe is easy and delicious! I halved the amount of sugar, and, as suggested, added 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil and 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha. I microwaved it until crisp tender using the sauce as the steaming liquid. I will add this side dish to my keeper list!"

bicktasw 252664
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016 Edited Aug. 26, 2016

"This is one AWESOME broccoli recipe! Tasted just like what you get in the Chinese restaurants!! I added about 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil to suit our tastes ..... this has become my new "go to" VEGETABLE recipe. I've made it using green beans, instead of broccoli as well as asparagus. The sauce is so versatile, I even tried it on a piece of grilled pork chop that I was eating. It was fantastic! I just may have to take a bath in the stuff!!"

s_pants 242857
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Loved it, but my 6 year old didn't like it."

jdog31399 241172
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

"I've made this many times. Even my picky youngest loves it. Great quick and easy side dish."

debsco98 233830
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

"This was a great combo! Even my daughter enjoyed it!"

learningandlovingtocook 225165
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"This turned out awesome! I added in a small can of yellow corn and my family ate it up! There was not any left."

lmmanda 86715
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"It was really good, but I think I'll double the sauce next time cuz it didn't coat all the broccoli"

afoth73 112422
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"I made this tonight as a side to our Peanutty Asian Wraps. It is a delicious, easy side to a meal! I did mine on the stove top. I added a few tablespoons of water to "steam" the broccoli first. After it was almost done I drained the water off and added the sauce, tossing to coat. It was delicious and my 7 year old son loved it!!"

kleescraga 173141
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"Excellent new side dish. To the sauce, I added a squirt of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, just because we like it."

kpkaren 160946
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"Was looking for a new way to prepare broccoli and this recipe was awesome. Will definitely make again."

mbrudd 90704
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

"Delicious! My family LOVED it!! Instead of minced garlic, I used garlic powder."

jesskalyn 173068
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2012

"eh i liked it, but it just felt like i was eating broccoli and garlic too garlicy for me."

mtorres3 100508
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Delicious! Will make again."

rachelayne 86663
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"What a great quick recipe!"

Wheezy37 160924
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2011

"Great way to prepare broccoli. I usually just cook broccoli and put butter on it, this is a new change of pace that is simple with great taste. Went over very well. Instead of microwaving it, I instead steam cooked it and it turned out just fine."

odensesol 156785
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"Great! My husband said it tasted just like a Chinese restaurant."

ucfchik1 158451
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"Loved it!"

howdu 209769
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"Very good. I placed all the 'sauce' ingredients in a skillet, heated till the butter was melted, added the broccoli, covered, and cooked (steamed), stirring occasionally, till the broccoli was crisp tender. At the last I uncovered the skillet, turned up the heat and evaporated the little liquid that was in the skillet. The florets, as they steamed in the sauce, absorbed all the flavor, more so than if they had just been tossed, I think. Delish!"

mommamcd 103887
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"Have made this several time. Love it and have gotten quite a few compliments."

hrhamby 171851
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"Definitely needs to be tossed to coat the broccoli with the sauce mixture after cooking to get the full flavor. Very tasty and 3-4 minutes is a great recommended microwave time -- usually you get mush but this was nice and crunchy!"

jieastcott 173067
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

"I've already made this a few really dresses up plain broccoli!"

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