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

This is a great side dish for steak, chicken, or pork chops. It’s ready in 30 minutes and made with garlic, olive oil, and butter.

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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 by 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 to make food taste good—think of it like toasting marshmallows or the slightly burnt end of a piece of meat.

This simple yet delicious side dish comes together quickly, 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

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed for this recipe have been linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

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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Broccoli is such a versatile vegetable that can be used raw in our Loaded Broccoli and Bacon Salad, boiled in this Pasta with Broccoli dish, roasted in this Broccoli and Bacon Salad, and slow-cooked in this Slow Cooker Beef Broccoli recipe. If you love broccoli as much as we do, add these recipes to your rotation!


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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

Michelle Ordever
With this Blackened Broccoli recipe, the broccoli becomes extra delicious!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 192 kcal


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy!



Serving: 1 | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 157mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 3g

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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