Quick Sauteed Broccoli Recipe

Enjoy your healthy green veggies with this simple sauteed broccoli recipe. It is a minimal recipe and goes great with sauteed carrots and boiled provisions like sweet potatoes and plantain.

To make sauteed broccoli, cut the veggie into florets and sauté over medium heat with oil and water for about 8 minutes or until tender.

sauteed broccoli in white bowl on green background

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Ingredients for sauteed broccoli

For this recipe, I used:

  • broccoli florets: while you can use the entire broccoli with the stem, I prefer just using the tops for this recipe. Sometimes I add the stems to soup or just pop them in my compost bin.
  • coconut oil: this oil adds a subtle, nutty flavor to the broccoli that is quite pleasant. But feel free to use other mild vegetable oils.
  • water: needed to help steam the broccoli, especially the stems, to make sure they become tender.
  • optional ingredients: usually I only use the above 3 ingredients for this recipe but feel free to add in salt and dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano or any of your favorites.

How to make sauteed broccoli

Step 1: Wash the entire broccoli thoroughly, preferably using warm water. Broccoli is sometimes sprayed with a mild fungicide before being sent to the market or grocery store so proper washing is important.

raw broccoli heads

Step 2: Cut the broccoli florets off of the stem. You can also cut them into smaller bite sized pieces. Sometimes, I also soak the florets in warm water for about 15 minutes before rinsing because of the possible chemicals used.

washed broccoli florets in a colander

Step 3: Place a large saucepan on the stove on medium heat. Leave to heat up for a minute or two.

Step 4: Add the oil to the warm pot.

Step 5: Mix the broccoli florets so the oil coats most of them. Add the water to the pan.

cook broccoli florets in large saucepan

Step 6: Cover the saucepan. Leave to cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the broccoli stems are tender and the florets are bright green.

sticking sauteed broccoli in saucepan with fork to check for doneness

Step 7: Serve warm alongside other healthy sides like sauteed carrots, boiled sweet potatoes, boiled plantain, zucchini noodles, stir fried bok choy, and grilled chicken.

Sauteed broccoli recipe

Sauteed broccoli

Have a healthy green vegan side with this simple sauteed broccoli recipe. Just 2 ingredients and 8 to 10 minutes are all you need to make this good-for-you dish.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sauteed broccoli
Servings: 6
Calories: 22kcal
Author: Ros Singh


  • 280 grams broccoli florets (4 cups)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water


  • Wash the broccoli thoroughly.
  • Cut the florets into bite sizes pieces.
  • Place a large saucepan on medium heat.
  • Pour in the coconut oil. Allow to heat up.
  • Toss in the broccoli. Mix.
  • Add the water to the saucepan.
  • Cover.
  • Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until the broccoli stems are tender.
  • Serve warm as a side.

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