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Italian Broccol in Silver Bowl with Vintage Spoon

Italian Broccoli (Spicy Garlic Broccoli)

Italian Broccoli is garlicky with a touch of spicy heat and toasted flavor that comes from browning the broccoli in extra-virgin olive oil. It might become your favorite new way to make broccoli!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 157kcal



  • Add the broccoli to a large, deep nonstick skillet. Add 1 inch of water, and then add the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then cover the skillet and cook for 90 seconds. Drain the broccoli immediately.
  • Wipe the skillet try. Add 4 tablespoons oil and heat it over high heat. Once hot, add the broccoli and spread it out in an even layer. Let it cook (do not stir) until it’s golden on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Turn the heat down to low, and add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, the garlic, and the crushed red pepper flakes. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve.


  • Net Carbs: 4g per serving
  • Italian Broccoli is delicious with a squeeze of fresh lemon on top right before serving!
  • This is great as a side dish for just about anything, but it can also be turned into a fantastic appetizer very easily. To do so, thinly slice a baguette, drizzle with olive oil, and toast in the broiler, then top the toasted bread with this broccoli and some freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Seriously amazing!
  • Another serving suggestion is to toss this broccoli with a pound of pasta that’s cooked to al dente. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 227mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg