This flavorful side dish goes well with everything from roasted chicken breasts to pan-seared pork chops. It makes an easy side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners too as it frees up your oven for other recipes.
Cuisine Side Dish
Keyword blackened broccoli, christmas side dish, easy side dish, holiday meal planning, one pan recipe, stovetop broccoli, stovetop recipe, thanksgiving side dish
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Total Time 15minutes
2heads fresh broccoliwashed and florets removed (stalks and stems reserved for another use)
3clovesgarlicpeeled and finely minced
1t.crushed red pepper flakesoptional
salt and pepperto taste
Place fresh broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons 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 one half of the chopped garlic to a cold skillet with one tablespoon olive oil. Set heat to medium and add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (if desired) and one tablespoon of butter.
Cook garlic over medium heat for approximately 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Increase heat to medium-high and add ½ broccoli florets to the pan. Stir broccoli constantly while searing the florets.
Once blackened, remove the broccoli from the skillet and place it in a large glass bowl. Cover and keep warm.
Repeat the process with remaining garlic, olive oil, red pepper, butter, and broccoli.
When the second batch of broccoli is finished, add it to the bowl with the original batch. Drizzle with sesame oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.