Poppy's Perfect Garlic Butter Broccoli 

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We're on a roll over here with the broccoli and broccolini recipes. This time it's Poppy's Garlic Butter Broccoli that is truly out of this world perfect and it will get any picky eater to be obsessed with broccoli (or any other veggie for that matter)

Poppy's Garlic Butter Broccoli from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)


I shared this Poppy's Garlic Butter Broccoli on Instagram a few weeks ago and everyone went wild for this recipe (including my toddler) so it only feels right that it has a permanent place here on WGC. This steamed (or boiled) broccoli recipe with a garlic butter and parmesan "sauce" is actual vegetable candy. The method you'll see below is perfect for just about any vegetable under the sun when you're introducing flavor to babies and toddlers.

The broccoli is steamed or boiled a little more than if I were cooking it just for adults (easier to chew and swallow) so adjust as needed for whomever you're making. You'll see some notes in the Garlic Butter Broccoli recipe box on timing. Have at it my friends - this is phenomenal for anyone age 1+

Need more broccoli inspiration - we have you covered:

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Chili Garlic Broccolini is ideal for an adult dinner party

Broccolini Fontina Quiche is truly heaven

Grilled Broccolini is perfect as a summer side dish!

broccoli from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Garlic Butter Broccoli

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 12 votes
The recipe for this Garlic Butter Broccoli is actual vegetable candy and it's honestly all I ever want to eat! Ever since starting to make this for my daughter, it's one of my favorite ways to make broccoli!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish, Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 2-3 heads broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped (OPTIONAL)
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 lemon juiced (1-2 tablespoons)
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Steam or boil the broccoli until fork tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  • In a small skillet, melt butter with olive oil. Add shallot and saute for 90 seconds. Add garlic and saute another 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  • Toss the garlic mixture with drained broccoli. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste. Serve immediately.


(Steam for about 10 minutes if you're making this for a small toddler who doesn't have their full set of teeth)

Nutrition Information

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1988IU | Vitamin C: 287mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. 4 stars
    I had a hard time with the texture as-written . It seemed kind of soggy which felt weird with the chopped garlic pieces. But I put the leftovers in the air fryer the next day for 8 minutes and loved it’

  2. 5 stars
    I love broccoli but everyone in my house hates it until I made this . Gaby you are correct as you say it in your lives it’s like candy

  3. 5 stars
    Made for Thanksgiving and it was so good! I’ve already made a second time and it’s only been a couple days since Thanksgiving! Its such a simple, easy recipe but tastes upscale!

  4. 5 stars
    Whoa you were not joking, this is the best broccoli ever! I've been doing it wrong until now. Thanks for another great recipe, this will be a regular menu item in our house!

  5. 5 stars
    This not not candy!!! It’s...better. 😉 I ate this in its entirety instead of making the other things I had planned for dinner. So fast. SO. GOOD.

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time tonight and it was a huge hit! Just enough flavor without being overwhelming!

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