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Charred Broccoli in white bowl.

Charred Broccoli

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  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


This Charred Broccoli recipe leaves steamed veggies in the dust. The broccoli is caramelized with a slightly sweetened, slightly smoky taste. It definitely upgrades a simple side dish to an extra tasty one


Units Scale
  • 1 pound broccoli (3 large stalks)
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1:  Combine seasonings in a medium size bowl. Cut the broccoli into approximately 2 inch florets. Rinse in a strainer.  Pat dry.  Pour into bowl and stir to coat.

Step 2: Heat a cast iron pan or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of pan.

Step 3: Place broccoli, flat side down, in skillet and let it cook without stirring for about 3 minutes. Flip the broccoli to other side.  Stir, and finish cooking until the florets are browned and with charred edges but still a bit tender on the inside, about 3-4 minutes.  If pan is smoking or broccoli is getting too browned, turn heat to low or medium heat.

Optional, sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


*  Cut the broccoli heads into florets that has about 1-1/2 inch stalk. Rinse and dry well.

*  Add broccoli in a single layer, not overlapping. Cook in two batches.

*  To ensure a crispy broccoli, don't stir them around in the pan at first, let them cook a few minutes before flipping over.

*  Always preheat the skillet so that it is hot.

* Store leftovers in airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.  Reheat on the stovetop over low-medium heat until hot.

*You can freeze in an airtight container for 2 months but the texture will be much softer.  Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.  

*Nutrition is estimated from


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 74
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 329mg
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.7g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0g