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Broccoli with Spicy Gremolata

Scott Phillips

Servings: twenty-four.

Traditional gremolata (garlic, parsley, and lemon zest) is given a spicy twist with the addition of crushed red pepper flakes.


  • 1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes; more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 lb. fresh broccoli, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch florets

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 80
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 45
  • Fat (g): 5
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 320
  • Carbohydrates (g): 9
  • Fiber (g): 4
  • Protein (g): 3


  • In a large bowl, combine the parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, zest, garlic, pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper.

    Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Add half of the broccoli and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon or strainer, transfer the broccoli to a colander, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking, and drain again. Repeat with the remaining broccoli. Add the broccoli to the gremolata and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving bowl.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prep the gremolata ingredients and cook the broccoli up to 3 hours ahead. Do not mix the gremolata or combine it with the broccoli until just before serving, as the lemon juice will eventually cause the broccoli and parsley to turn a dull green.


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Reviews (6 reviews)

  • Kokinneke | 12/02/2016

    Super easy and super quick. Good for a crowd but nothing special for every day.

  • twood | 04/09/2011

    A great way to liven up broccoli. I really enjoyed this dish. I scaled back the recipe to serve 4.

  • SusanCooks | 12/25/2010

    Even better than I had hoped. Very refreshing take on broccoli. An added bonus that it can be mostly cooked ahead of time.

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