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


4 to 6




  • 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
  • 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.

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