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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.

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cynandtom User ID: 2224843 269371
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2017

"easy and delicious side dish! I doubled the ingredients to go over the broccoli! I'm not the biggest broccoli fan, but I really liked this, definite keeper!"

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"

afoth73 User ID: 1490711 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 User ID: 3865772 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 User ID: 2650977 160946
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

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

mbrudd User ID: 7129399 90704
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

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

jesskalyn User ID: 6851732 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 User ID: 1346747 100508
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"Delicious! Will make again."

rachelayne User ID: 2351760 86663
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"What a great quick recipe!"

Wheezy37 User ID: 5757259 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 User ID: 796554 156785
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

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

ucfchik1 User ID: 5456655 158451
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"Loved it!"

howdu User ID: 1170706 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 User ID: 2735075 103887
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

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

hrhamby User ID: 3475107 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 User ID: 1507778 173067
Reviewed May. 26, 2010

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

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