This easy sautéed broccoli recipe is very quick to make and includes dried orange peel for added depth of flavor.

Sauteed Broccoli with Orange Peel

Sautéed broccoli is a healthy, versatile side dish that goes well with all sorts of entrees. Although broccoli is a great tasting veggie on its own, we like to keep it interesting by including an additional ingredient or two.

This recipe uses dried orange peel, a natural complement which brightens the flavor and adds a little visual contrast. Our recipe notes include a few more variations as well.

Sauteed Broccoli with Orange Peel

Sautéed Broccoli with Orange Peel

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This easy sautéed broccoli recipe is very quick to make and includes dried orange peel for added depth of flavor.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 to 1 lb broccoli florets
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon [dried orange peel], or 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the broccoli florets, then trim them so they are as uniform in size as possible.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, sauté for 1-1/2 minutes, then remove it from the pan and discard.
  • Raise the heat to high and add the broccoli. Cook, stirring constantly, until the broccoli turns bright green, about 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the water and orange peel and season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the broccoli is tender, about 2 minutes more.

Tips for Making This Recipe

Recipe Variations:

  • To give this recipe a bit of an Asian flair, toss the broccoli with 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil and 2 teaspoons sesame seeds just before serving.
  • For a different flavor profile, replace 1 teaspoon of the water with balsamic vinegar (this will darken the broccoli) and add a pinch of crushed red pepper.
  • For a third variation, just before serving, squeeze a wedge of lemon over the broccoli and toss it with a tablespoon of melted butter.
Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Sodium: 109mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g
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