Quick Broccoli with Lemon Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


10 servings (1-1/4 cups sauce)

Updated: Nov. 28, 2023
"Enjoy this refreshing, delicious alternative to traditional cheese and brocolli. The lemon sauce is great over cauliflower, too!" Barbara Frasier, Fyffe, Alabama


  • 3 pounds fresh broccoli spears
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest


  1. Place broccoli in a large saucepan; add 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, heat broth and butter until butter is melted. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  3. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in lemon juice and zest. Drain broccoli; serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 76 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 5g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.