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Garlicky Steamed Broccoli – Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.

Garlicky Steamed Broccoli | | Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.

Well Hello! How’s it going, friends? Happy Wednesday!

Guess what?! We are snowed-in and freezing! Not surprising since this is Indiana, the other Alaskan state…
In recent years, our winters are just crazy-cold. At this moment, when you factor in the wind chill, it is about -30 degrees Fahrenheit. Brrrr!!

Also? I’d like to take a minute and wish my dear fellow Orthodox Christians a very Merry Christmas!! Christ is Born!
I realize that for the rest of you he’s already two weeks old and crawling, but I’m the one who’s going to play stuff-my-face at Mom’s house with Chocolate Baklava today and not YOU! Na na na na na na. πŸ˜‰

Along with the Baklava, I’m also bringing this side of Garlicky Steamed Broccoli to balance it all out. Fingers crossed, I will not freeze solid while trying to reach Mama’s house.

Garlicky Steamed Broccoli | | Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.

I am always surprised at myself and the constant cravings I have for green veggies. Brussels sprouts and broccoli are forever at the top of my list.

I come up with a million ways to ensure I get a proper greens-fix. Most of the time that means healthy vegetables swimming in lotsa cheese, but not this time! In fact, I’ve been chillin’ with this recipe, or a variation of it, since that one time when I made Crumb Coated Broccoli for the French Fridays Club.

It was love at first bite and I never got tired of it.

Garlicky Steamed Broccoli | | Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.

Now, enough rambling. I need to get my snowsuit on and go to Church and YOU need to get to the recipe so that you can go to your kitchen and make this beautiful side dish for the Fam. It will take you all of 20 to 25 minutes TOPS.

By the way, we’re steaming broccoli without a steamer. YAY!!
I don’t even own a steamer…

Garlicky Steamed Broccoli | | Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.

So that’s broccoli meets garlic and crumbs with a hint of lemon. Dreamy.


4.34 from 3 votes
Garlicky Steamed Broccoli | | Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.

Garlicky Steamed Broccoli

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WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Delicious and healthy side dish of steamed broccoli rolled in buttery panko crumbs, garlic and lemon.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 212


  • 2 pounds broccoli , cut into florets
  • 3/4- cup water
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2- cup panko crumbs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Add water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add broccoli to boiling water and cover.
  • Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  • Drain, pat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • When butter is melted, add garlic and cook for 1 minute or until soft and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Don't burn the garlic.
  • Stir in the panko crumbs, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper and mix and stir until everything is well blended and moist.
  • Stir in prepared broccoli and cook until all is combined and heated through; about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Garlicky Steamed Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 743mg21%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1765IU35%
Vitamin C 204.7mg248%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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34 Responses
  1. mojgan


    better to cook brochli without water .i mean steam it while cooking rice for dinner .and then marinade it with this best recipie i have ever seen.
    thanks katerina

  2. Judy

    This was good, except for the breadcrumbs – they’re pretty soggy, and I think I’ll try this recipe again, omitting them. Otherwise, I used about half as much butter and no almonds, but the taste was good!

  3. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Ben’s favorite way to eat any vegetable is steamed – my favorite way to eat any vegetable is with garlic. This is totally a win win for both of us! How gorgeous!

  4. Nutmeg Nanny

    I LOVE garlic so very much. When I eat it (according to my husband) I smell like it for days. Who cares. It’s totally worth it for delicious garlic πŸ™‚

    1. Anne

      Just chew fresh parsley. It takes away the lingering smell of garlic – just a stalk and leaves will do the trick!

  5. foodwanderings

    Katerina, gorgeousness. We’ve been eating bunch of veggies recently. I usually roast never steam. I take it back one veggie I used to steam is broccoli. Garlic-y is always fantastic.

  6. Angela {Mind Over Batter}

    Holy crap – windchill making it feel like -30 degrees?! And I thought -6 was cold. I Damn near froze my thumb off this morning. Anyway, Merry Christmas! And merry garlicky steamed broccoli. Thats my go to green, by the way.

  7. Heather / girlichef

    The one veggie that everybody in my house loves equally is broccoli – this is SO happening. I love the addition of bread crumbs…has my mouth watering.

  8. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    I adore broccoli with all of my heart. We’re guilty of just tossing a steamer bag in the microwave for quick eating. But I absolutely must make this version. It looks so bright and fresh. Way better than my limp steamer bag!

  9. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    Oooh. I didn’t know that Orthodox Christians have a different date for Christmas! My mind is kind of blown.

    And YES to lots of garlic on broccoli! I don’t like veggies so more garlic is always a good thing. πŸ™‚

  10. Joshua Hampton

    What a beautiful broccoli dish. I might make this for dinner tomorrow; this dish is just too pretty to pass up. It would be great to pack this for lunch at the office too, I think.

  11. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes

    Upstate NY feels your pain today with these nasty wind chills!! I need some of this broccoli! Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  12. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    This broccoli and baklava is all I need! Please and thank you πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  13. Martha @ A Family Feast

    I’m making this for dinner tonight! Love the addition of the garlic and bread crumbs – and we have all of the ingredients in our fridge. Can’t wait!

  14. claire @the realistic nutritionist

    Healthy but SO flavor packed. I could definitely get on board with a big bowl of this πŸ™‚

  15. Matt Robinson

    This would be my main dish, seriously looks incredible. And I won’t mention that it’s been 80 degrees here lately. Oh wait. Sorry. Hope you’re staying warm!

  16. amanda @ fake ginger

    Oh man, baklava sounds so good right now. My kids would love this broccoli! I hope I have all the ingredients!

  17. Julia@Vikalinka

    I don’t think I’d ever hear ‘snowsuit” and “church” in one sentence but you pulled it off! Merry Christmas, my dear! We celebrated last night. πŸ™‚ I’ve a got a whole Slavic feast of recipes on my blog today and if one cooks it all, stretchy pants will be needed. Enjoy snow! Gorgeous broccoli recipe!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Merry Christmas, Julia!!! I’m at my Mom’s for Christmas lunch and I can’t even describe how good everything looks! You can imagine, I’m sure!! πŸ˜€ My yoga pants are sitting in my bag and I’m looking forward to slipping them on real soon! haha πŸ™‚

  18. Cookin Canuck

    What a wonderful way to change up broccoli! I often just end up steaming broccoli for dinner, but I love the idea of kicking up the flavor with garlic.

  19. Lisa

    Merry Christmas! We have Divine Liturgy this morning and a luncheon later. There is also a custom here where I live to shoot guns on Main Street.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Merry Christmas!! Shooting guns on Christmas? Now that’s *different*! πŸ˜€ I love traditions!

      1. Lisa

        I do too. The gun shooting thing must be a Serbian thing. I live in a rural area. This area was settled mostly by Serbs, Germans, and Italians.

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