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Marinated sautéed broccoli on white platter.

Marinated Broccoli

  • Author: Deb Belsha
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Serve this marinated broccoli with your next dinner and you will love how delicious it is! A simple mixture of fresh or dried herbs and spices, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar transforms this simple, basic vegetable into a very flavorful side dish.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut in 2 inch pieces (about 5 cups broccoli florets)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil (5 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, finely minced or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 tablespoons water


  1. Whisk together all the marinade ingredients in a cup or bowl.
  2. Rinse and drain the broccoli.  Cut into 2 inch florets, discarding the tougher stalk, if not using. *
  3. Place in a large plastic storage bag or medium bowl.  Pour marinade over broccoli.
  4. Put in refrigerator and let the broccoli marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  5. When ready to cook, drain the marinade.
  6. Heat a large frying pan over medium high heat.  Add one more tablespoon of oil and swirl in pan.
  7. Place broccoli in fry pan and stir for 3-4 minutes.  Add some water and stir, cooking broccoli for another 3 minutes or so.  If you don't like the broccoli to be browned, turn the flame down to low-medium.
  8. Use a fork and test broccoli for doneness.  It should be crisp tender after a total cook time of 6 minutes or so.  If you like it softer, cook 1-2 minutes longer.
  9. Serve with extra lemon wedges if you'd like.


*If you like vegetables to have a bit more spicy flavor, you can add an extra pinch of red pepper flakes.

*The stalks of broccoli can be used in many ways. I don't use them with the broccoli florets because they won't be done at the same time since they are tougher.  Check out the broccoli stalk suggestions in my post above.

*You can also sprinkle some shaved parmesan over cooked broccoli.

*FYI - the nutrition information was calculated using only 2 tablespoons oil.  Most of the marinad was leftover when it drained from the broccoli.

Keywords: Broccoli, healthy side dish, vegetables, marinated