Lemon Broccoli: Page 301, Aloha Days Hula Nights

I’ve been upping our family’s vegetable consumption, so I grabbed a packet of frozen broccoli hoping our cookbooks could help me make them more interesting.  I was not disappointed!  I went for the Lemon Broccoli on page 301 of Aloha Days Hula Nights, in the Vegetables – Broccoli section, and it’s a fast, tasty recipe I can see myself using with any green vegetable.

This broccoli recipe is buttery, salty and citrus-y, with great little crunchy browned bits of garlic and anchovy.  I ate it all up, and I forgot I was eating broccoli!  Definitely delicious, and quick ‘n’ easy too.  I’ll be making this little dish again soon!

The crunchy brown bits are the best part!

Lemon Broccoli


  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 to 3 anchovies
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, passed through press
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine broccoli and water in a medium saucepan.  Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes until bright green and crisp-tender.  Drain, put in a dish, and set aside.  Dry pan and return to heat.  Add butter, anchovies, pepper, oil, and garlic to pan.  Cook about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  Return broccoli and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with lemon zest and lemon juice, toss again.  Place in serving dish and serve.

Serves 4.

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