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Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Butter
May 27, 2007, 3:35 pm
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Steamed Broccoli with Lemon Butter

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 head broccoli
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon


  1. Wash broccoli thoroughly. Trim off only the thickest part of the stems and the large leaves. Divide the larger florets by slicing through the base of the flower and straight down through the length of the stem.
  2. Place the broccoli in a deep 3 or 4-quart saucepan holding about 2 inches of water. (The stalks should stand on the bottom with the florets facing up.) Add salt and pepper to taste and cover the pan.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 8 minutes or until stalks turn tender but not soft. When done, the stalks should be firm but easy to pierce with a sharp knife.
  4. While the broccoli steams, melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the lemon juice. Stir to blend.
  5. Using tongs, carefully remove the broccoli to a seving dish. Pour the lemon-butter sauce over the broccoli and serve.

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