We eat a lot of broccoli at our house and as a result are super picky about the texture of the broccoli once cooked. We do not like mushy broccoli! I often blanch the florets and then saute them, but that's a lot more work when it comes to a weeknight dinner, even though it gives good results.
Earlier this summer I started experimenting with how to make great tasting broccoli in record time. I've finally come up with the perfect, very tasty recipe. It's full of mouth-popping flavor and isn't a high calorie mess. I have been making this several nights a week and sometimes for an afternoon snack (not kidding). That's how much I love it.
I use broccoli florets straight from a bag, already pre-cut (a great time-saver). However, even the ones in the bag are too big. I slice the bigger ones down to the size you see here, try to cut the stems without cutting through the tree part.
I boil the broccoli (covered) in a 1/4" of water, just until it turns bright green. About two minutes. Any longer and you get mush.
This recipe does require a special, very flavorful seasoning and there is just not a good substitute for it. This is widely available where I live and is always in the produce section of the market. It is a common seasoning Hispanics use on fruit. Interestingly, I like it on savory foods only. It's okay on watermelon and on the rim of a glass filled with a Bloody Mary, but I adore it on veggies. It's concentrated and just makes everything pop. I also see it at Costco now, so it's everywhere. If all else fails, get it from Amazon, it's worth it.
The ingredients of this seasoning consist of dried chili peppers, salt and dehydrated lime juice. It's a concentrated and delicious flavor.
This will be your new way to prepare broccoli, I promise.
5-Minute Spicy Lemon Broccoli
- 1 lb broccoli florets, trimmed to 1-1/2" pieces
- 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 teaspoon Tajin seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Fill a 12" nonstick skillet with 1/4" of water. Add broccoli, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 2 minutes or until broccoli turns bright green (no longer). Remove from heat and pour off 95% of the water, leaving the pan just slightly wet on the bottom.
- Add butter, lemon juice, Tajin, garlic salt and red pepper flakes to the pan and toss until butter is melted and broccoli is coated with all the seasonings. Place broccoli on serving plate, leaving all the juice in the pan. Serve immediately.
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