30-Minute Blackened Broccoli Recipe

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Broccoli is a popular and nutritious vegetable that we all enjoy as a side dish to many meals, but with this Blackened Broccoli recipe, the broccoli becomes extra delicious! Ready in 30 minutes and created using garlic, olive oil, and butter, this is a great side for steak, chicken or pork chops!

This dish would work so well for an Easter lunch! I’ve got a collection of Easter Recipes that you might like to try out – right-click and open them in a new tab to read next.

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Blackened Broccoli Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions, to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

You might be put off the thought of a blackened broccoli recipe thinking it means that it’s burnt and ruined! But far from it!

This humble green vegetable gets just the right amount of burn that makes food taste good – think of it like when you toast marshmallows or the slightly burnt end of a piece of meat!

This simple, yet delicious side dish comes together quickly so it is perfect for mid-week meals.

Pair this broccoli recipe with Baked Pork Tenderloin, Air Fryer Lemon Chicken Thighs, or Seared Strip Steak.

How Long Does It Take to Make Blackened Broccoli

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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It may not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

  • Fresh ProduceBroccoli (Fresh or Frozen), Garlic
  • DairyUnsalted Butter

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How Do I Make Blackened Broccoli?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Blackened Broccoli Recipe

Blackened Broccoli

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

With this Blackened Broccoli recipe, the broccoli becomes extra delicious!


  • 2 heads fresh broccoli, florets only (or 2 (12-oz/340g) bags frozen broccoli florets)
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Place fresh or frozen broccoli florets in a large microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave on high until crisp-tender. (Cooking time will vary depending on individual microwaves, so test after 2 minutes and adjust cooking time accordingly). Do not overcook. Florets should be firm when finished.
  2. Add half the chopped garlic to a skillet along with one tablespoon of olive oil. Set heat to medium and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continually.
  3. Discard garlic from the skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Add one tablespoon butter. Once melted, add half the broccoli florets to the pan. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

    Raw Broccoli in Skillet
  4. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring constantly, or until broccoli is blackened. Transfer the blackened broccoli from the skillet and to a large bowl. Cover and set aside.
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining garlic, olive oil, butter, and broccoli. When the second batch of broccoli is finished, add it to the bowl with the original batch and toss to combine.
  6. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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