Cooked lemon butter broccoli florets on a white platter with lemon wedges.

Lemon Butter Broccoli Recipe

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Turn anyone into a broccoli fan with my delightful Lemon Butter Broccoli. You may want to make enough for second helpings. Enjoy! -Christine xo


  • 1 (12-oz.) bag raw broccoli florets*
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.**
  2. In a large bowl add broccoli, olive oil, and salt. Toss until broccoli is well coated.
  3. Transfer broccoli to a large sheet pan. Arrange in a single layer.
  4. Place pan in oven. Bake 20 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender and lightly browned around the edges. Remove pan from oven, set aside.
  5. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add butter, garlic powder, and sugar. Microwave 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir in zest.
  6. Transfer broccoli to serving bowl. Drizzle melted butter mixture over broccoli, toss to coat. Serve warm.

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*If using a head of broccoli, 1 large head will be sufficient. Remove the florets from the stalk and cut into bite-sized pieces and then peel the stem and cut into bite sized pieces.

**If you’d prefer to cook the broccoli in a different way, you absolutely can. I routinely make steamed broccoli and then stir it with the lemon butter sauce. It’s perfect!