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Grilled Broccoli

I started using this grilled broccoli 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, Woodstock, Illinois
  • 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
  • Optional: Grilled lemon slices and red pepper flakes


  • Place broccoli in a large bowl. Combine lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; drizzle over broccoli and toss to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Toss broccoli; drain broccoli, discarding marinade. Place cheese in a small shallow bowl. Add broccoli, a few pieces at a time, toss to coat.
  • Prepare grill for indirect heat using a drip pan. Place broccoli over drip pan on an oiled grill rack. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. If desired, garnish with grilled lemon slices and red pepper flakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 107 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.


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  • Amy
    Apr 21, 2020

    This is the best broccoli recipe we have ever tried! We have three small children, and when I make this I can hardly get them to eat anything else on their plate because they love this so much. It has amazing flavor and turns out every time. I buried him on a broccoli depending on what I have on hand and add or reduce the amount of cheese depending upon that. Try this, you and your family will love it!

  • justmbeth
    Feb 7, 2018

    Good broccoli recipe. Original recipe called for garnish of shaved Parmesan and purple basil.

  • ronschief
    Aug 13, 2016

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

  • cbenne12
    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
    Nov 2, 2014

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

  • Worshipguy
    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.

  • krucook
    Mar 3, 2013

    No comment left

  • lesdesdhs
    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
    Jun 13, 2010

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

  • DebbiR
    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!