Zippy Broccoli Recipe
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Zippy Broccoli Recipe

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"I changed the original recipe for this side dish to use hop pepper sauce instead of red pepper flakes," notes Bryan Forster of Clayton, Ontario. "The zesty seasonings really punch up the flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 7 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 49 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.


  1. Place broccoli and water in a microwave-safe bowl; cover and cook on high for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients. Drain broccoli. Drizzle with lemon juice mixture; toss to coat. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Zippy Broccoli in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p51

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susaneagan User ID: 7752294 244591
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"My sister-in-law gave me this recipe. It's the first time that I can honestly say that I liked eating broccoli! Yum!"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 240868
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

"Our household loves broccoli so making it in different ways is fun. This was very good. My husband loved it. I prefer less heat so the second time used half the hot pepper sauce."

AKB62 User ID: 5577602 87959
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2012

"When using frozen broccoli I would suggest following the package directions for time and amount of water. It really was a tasty change from our usual steamed broccoli with butter!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 71796
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"Really good! I used 2 large garlic cloves and it had strong garlic flavor."

gailcooks45 User ID: 1327634 30056
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"My family enjoys this refreshing tangy sauce. It's super simple to make. I've never used the pepper sauce, we enjoy the milder flavor."

anisson User ID: 4764179 92282
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

"I wasn't crazy about this recipe and we love broccolli. Plain, steamed broccoli is the best tasting way to serve it at least for us. I'm glad I tried it but I'm deleting it from my recipe box."

lejam919 User ID: 1467792 30055
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"My family loved this recipe. I have had a hard time getting my 4 year old to eat broccoli and he devoured it and has been asking for it every dinner since. I steam it instead of microwaving so it preserves the nutritional value. Thank you so much for this recipe!"

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