Grilled Broccoli Recipe
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Grilled Broccoli Recipe

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I started using this recipe in 1987, when I began cooking light. It's been a favorite side dish ever since. With its lemon and Parmesan flavors, it once took second place in a cooking contest. —Alice Nulle of Woodstock, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + standing Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + standing Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 cups fresh broccoli spears
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese and purple basil leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 107 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. Place broccoli in a large bowl. Combine the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; drizzle over broccoli and toss to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Toss broccoli, then drain marinade. Place cheese in a large resealable plastic bag. Add broccoli, a few pieces at a time, shake to coat.
  3. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect heat using a drip pan. Place broccoli over drip pan and grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. If desired, garnish with shaved Parmesan and fresh basil. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Grilled Broccoli in Light & Tasty April/May 2005, p29

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ronschief 252620
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2016

"very tasty, used grill pan for it also. will make again!"

cbenne12 225155
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Very nice flavor. I steamed my broccoli instead of grilling it and then added the lemon juice and oil to it. Turned out very tasty."

pols005 63297
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"Pretty tasty! Would probably grill a little longer next time."

Worshipguy 148392
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2014

"Definitely a different take on broccoli. No marinade left over for me either. This was a nice change for a side dish."

lesdesdhs 55396
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"I agree with DebbiR, I didn't have any marinade to empty. It did come out OK, though it was sticking on my grilling pan (I used an old baking tray). I would make it again, but I would use more oil and a little more lemon juice."

1234Bud 70449
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"I followed the recipe, but I added about a 1/4 to a 1/2 teaspoon of garlic power"

DebbiR 106126
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"i am just making this but don't understand how i could have enough marinade even to "drain". i had to double it just to coat the 2 cups of broccoli!"

zucchini lady 59370
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"I bought a teflon pan with small holes in it for my grill, this works well with this broccoli dish/great for fish/shrimp/stir fry on the grill."

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