Garlic Broccoli Recipe

This garlic broccoli recipe is that one recipe that folks will always want seconds of.

No matter how much I make of this, it’s never enough. It’s such an incredibly quick and simple dish to make and every one always loves it.

A white bowl sits filled with this Garlic Broccoli Recipe. You can see the specs of white parmesan coating the bright green broccoli florets.

Mini Chef and I are both broccoli fanatics. We’ll eat it every night of the week if it’s available from the fridge or freezer. It’s something I stock up on in spades at the grocery store, and as soon as I have room to garden, I’ll be growing it by the yard-full.

We really do love it that much. But even though we love it, we don’t like to eat it the same way all the time. I mean, who wants the monotony? So I started playing around with our  broccoli and came up with this delicious little concoction. Mini Chef asks all the time if we can have it again for dinner. It’s seriously good stuff!

And I always say yes. Who could say no to a child asking for broccoli??!!!


You can use fresh garlic if you like, but you’ll want to sauté it in a small amount of oil first, or even roast it. I don’t recommend fresh, raw garlic here. It would be way overpowering.


If you aren’t a fan of parmesan, some hand-shredded cheddar will work wonders here too. In fact, changing the cheese you use is a wonderful way to switch this up so you don’t get bored.


If you are focused on lowering your fat intake, this is one recipe where I do not recommend cutting out the butter. You could potentially cut back on it a bit, but the butter really does add a lot of the flavor here. So don’t cut it out completely. Plus, it helps the parmesan adhere to the broccoli.


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Clean Eating Buttery Garlic Broccoli With Parmesan Recipe

Garlic Broccoli

A buttery, cheesy broccoli dish that will bring folks back for seconds!
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Course: Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 116kcal


  • Vegetable steamer


  • 1 lb. broccoli (steamed)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder


  • Just after steaming the broccoli, use a large spoon to transfer it to a medium mixing bowl while it's still hot.
  • Add the butter and cover it with the hot broccoli so it melts. Stir to coat the broccoli in melted butter.
  • Once the broccoli is buttery, stir in everything else and mix well.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.25the recipe | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Laurie Kramer says:

    I always put garlic on my broccoli. Never thought about the parmesan, though. Good idea.
    My son and I enjoy broccoli, too.
    I hope you can grow it!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – Me too! Would be so much fun to grow!

  2. Mini chef likes broccoli – BUT IT’S GREEN!!!
    My husband love broccoli prepared all different ways. Thanks for this recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Phyllis – My pleasure. 🙂

  3. My mom could never get me to eat broccoli until the day she dipped it in lemon juice. Then I would beg her for it! I’ve gotten to like broccoli a lot more as I’ve grown up. This looks like a delicious version!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Fal – Lemon juice on broccoli is yummy!

  4. How is the butter part of clean eating?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole – You can make butter at home. It’s a totally natural fat. There’s nothing wrong with it in moderation.

  5. Looks tasty…but I think I will cut the butter in half to save a few calories. JUst another great way to love broccoli!!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindi – Of course! Recipes like this are never written in stone. Enjoy!