Side Dishes

Broccoli with Lemon Herb Sauce

Fresh lemon juice and garlic give traditional broccoli a wake-up call. Tip: Make sure the broccoli retains its crispness during cooking so that it isn’t overpowered by the liveliness of the sauce. Garnish with lemon and/or thyme.


5 minutes


15 minutes






  • 1½ pounds broccoli
  • 3 Tablespoons Challenge Butter
  • ½ teaspoon (1 clove) garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced (or ½ teaspoon dried whole leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon *fresh lemon peel, finely minced (1/16 inch)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  • 1
    Prepare broccoli spears and sliced stems, and steam until crisp-tender (8 minutes).
  • 2
    In a 1-quart pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté until slightly browned.
  • 3
    In a separate small bowl, blend cornstarch with cold water and then stir into butter/garlic mixture along with salt, sugar, thyme, and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more.
  • 4
    Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Pour over hot drained broccoli.
  •  !
    *Use lemon zester or vegetable peeler to remove thin yellow outer peel of a lemon.