Grilled Broccoli

by Pamela

Grilled Broccoli

Grilled broccoli is tender crisp with a great smokey flavor from the grill. This easy recipe makes a light side dish for all your grilled mains.

It’s starting to get warm everywhere and you’re just dying to get your grill on aren’t you? No matter what the weather, we still grill around here. The outdoor grill is just an extension of our kitchen…we grill so much.

Today’s recipe, grilled broccoli, is the perfect side dish to your grilled meats. It’s super easy to make and it’s a lighter side dish that’s ridiculously good for you. You know you should be eating more vegetables, but it’s just so easy to skip them when you’re grilling. Sure, you’ll make up a batch of corn on the cob, but beyond that sides are usually gloppy with mayo or dripping in some other kind of dressing.

Grilled Broccoli

Grilled broccoli needs a quick boil in some water then gets finished on the grill right along side whatever else you might be grilling (you don’t even need a grilling basket to cook this). I like to toss the broccoli in a little bit of olive oil (keeps it from sticking and gives it a richer flavor), kosher salt and some crushed red pepper for a little bit of heat.

I serve this broccoli with pretty much everything. I even like it as a leftover. The grilled flavor stays with it and you can eat it cold or re-warmed. Your choice.

You could even toss the broccoli with butter and a little chipotle powder for an added kick. It won’t be quite as healthy with the butter, but it will still be better for you than potato salad. 😉

Since you’ve got that grill all fired up, throw a little broccoli on it and make some simple grilled broccoli to go along with that steak or burger.

Grilled Broccoli
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Grilled broccoli is tender crisp with a great smokey flavor from the grill. This easy recipe makes a light side dish for all your grilled mains.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • crushed red pepper
  1. Cut broccoli heads into pieces. Equal size pieces is best so that it all cooks at the same time.
  2. Fill a 4½ quart saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, add the broccoli to the water. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove broccoli from the water and place into an ice bath to stop the cooking. You'll notice that the broccoli is bright green. It should look that way.
  4. Pre-heat your grill to high.
  5. Drain the broccoli and toss with olive oil, salt and red pepper (salt and pepper to taste).
  6. Once grill is hot, place florets onto the grates.
  7. Cook for 5-7 minutes then turn the broccoli over to cook the other side. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes then remove from grill.
  8. Serve.


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John/Kitchen Riffs May 17, 2017 at 8:23 am

What a neat way to eat broccoli! And we eat a lot of it at this time of the year — so fresh and good. Terrific recipe — thanks.

Pamela May 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Thanks John, just make a little room on your grill and you’re all set.

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