when i’m making a vegetable side dish, there are two key factors that decide if i make it more than once or if the recipe ends up in the recycling bin: (1) it has to be tasty and (2) it has to be quick. given that i’ve made this broccoli dish countless times (seriously, nearly every week ever since i discovered it a couple of years ago), i’d say it satisfies those two criteria.
i originally found the recipe in cooking light, which i took as a good sign. if i’m going to make vegetables, i’d like them to end up relatively healthy. because honestly, if they end up having the nutrition profile of a piece of cake, i’d rather just have the cake! so i guess that means i have three criteria for veggie side dishes. luckily this broccoli is the perfect combination of tasty and healthy.
and quick – did i mention quick? to save time on washing dishes, i line the broiler pan with foil (i know, i know. i feel a little ambivalent about the foil but i’m pretty sure that broiling oil onto the pan wouldn’t do much for the environment either, 3,482 gallons of soapy water down the drain later…) and then just dump all of the ingredients onto the foil. i use my hands to toss them around and distribute the oil and sambal oelek evenly on the broccoli. washing my hands is way easier than washing a bowl, at least in my book.
the only time-saving step i do not recommend is putting the broccoli under the broiler before the garlic is all sliced and ready to go. i’m usually in a hurry when i’m making this and always amazed at how quickly 4 minutes goes by when i’m racing the timer to peel and slice a bunch of garlic cloves. i’ve finally managed to convince myself to just wait a hot minute before i start cooking the broccoli and it’s way less stressful that way. so do yourself a favor and do as i say, not as i used to do.
speaking of a hot minute, the first time you make this, keep an eye on the broccoli until you figure out your broiler’s whims. in our old apartment, i would do 5 minutes and 5 minutes but in our current oven, that produces broccoli briquettes (like charcoal briquettes, but broccoli shaped) so 4 minutes and 4 minutes works much better for us now.
finally, this heats up quickly and deliciously in the microwave so i always make as much as i can cram in the broiler pan so that we can have even quicker, just as tasty and healthy broccoli the next day.