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How to Make Sweet Sautéed Broccoli That Your Kids Will Love

I am a food enthusiast and am always trying new recipes. I love to garden, get crafty, and read a good book!

This is my go-to healthy and delicious side dish.

This is my go-to healthy and delicious side dish.

A Family-Friendly Broccoli Recipe

This broccoli comes together pretty quickly and uses ingredients you probably already have at home. That's why I like to use this recipe as a quick weekday side dish. The kids like it for its sweet flavor, and I'm thrilled because they eat their vegetables with no fuss—and they usually ask for seconds! You can tweak this recipe to your own preference as far as sweeteners are concerned—agave, coconut sugar, and maple syrup all work great as substitutes for brown sugar.

Broccoli is high in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It also contains more protein than most other vegetables. Having this as a weekly staple in our house is a win-win because our kids love it and it's good for them!

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

Serves 4-6 people


  • 2 cups brocoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • dash of pepper, freshly ground


  1. Melt the butter in a sauté pan on medium heat.
  2. Add broccoli florets and stir to coat them with the butter.
  3. Add spices and continue to sauté the broccoli for 3–5 minutes until it is fragrant and bright in color.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of water to the pan and stir frequently as the broccoli steams.
  6. Once there is minimal water left in the pan, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the brown sugar.
  7. Stir to coat and check for doneness. The broccoli is done when it is fork-tender.
  8. Remove from pan and serve hot. Enjoy!

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