Broccoli Side Dish Recipe
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Broccoli Side Dish Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


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

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.


  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.
Originally published as Broccoli Side Dish in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p8

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 264060
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2017

"My husband and I loved this. I didn't make it in the microwave though. I steamed some fresh broccoli and during that, I melted the butter in a small sauce pan. Once it was melted I cooked the minced garlic for about 1 minute, then added in the brown sugar and soy sauce. Once the broccoli was done, I put it in the sauce pan and tossed it with the sauce. At the end I topped it with sesame seeds. DELICIOUS. The flavor is a bit more subtle than I expected, but it was perfect. Will make this again!"

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 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 User ID: 3084463 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 User ID: 2649709 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 User ID: 4201818 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 User ID: 174050 242857
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

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

jdog31399 User ID: 1186484 241172
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2016

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

debsco98 User ID: 7218754 233830
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2015

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

learningandlovingtocook User ID: 8289322 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 User ID: 1101093 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"

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