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 (0.550g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (0g 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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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!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

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

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."

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