Steamed Lemon Broccoli

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


4 servings

Updated: Apr. 16, 2022
I first tried this sunny side dish because it seemed to be a fresh, nutritious and easy combination. Now it's the only way my husband will eat broccoli. I love to pair it with grilled meat on hot days. -Michelle Hanson, Oacoma, South Dakota
Steamed Lemon Broccoli Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 large bunch broccoli, cut into spears
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a saucepan, bring 1 in. water to a boil; place broccoli in a steamer basket over the water. Cover; steam until crisp-tender, 5-6 minutes. Rinse in cold water; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; add onion and celery. Cook and stir until tender, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper and broccoli; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 148 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 435mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 5g protein.