Broccoli Rabe Steamed and Sauteed

Broccoli Rabe is a healthy green vegetable that has a nutty and bitter taste to it, but when you saute broccoli rabe in olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes with a little salt, it becomes delicious! The secret to minimizing the bitter taste with this vegetable is finishing off with some chicken broth. 

Whether you steam or sauté broccoli rabe it will have a slight bitter taste to it and that's not very appealing to a lot of people.  Everyone makes it different. But we find that our brother Danny makes it most delicious, cooking it to a perfect dark green color and crunchy texture. The secret to his delicious broccoli rabe is how he finishes it off cooking it with some chicken broth. 

He lightly sautés the broccoli rabe in garlic and olive oil, then steams it with a little chicken broth, reducing and off setting the bitterness of the broccoli, making it very tasty!  It's makes a delicious side dish that goes well with meat and potatoes.  Our favorite is simply eating it all alone on a slice of crunchy toasted bread. Broccoli rabe is a staple dish in our family, it's a vegetable with great health benefits, providing a high source of Vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium and iron. 

Just the other day, our brother Danny said to us "if we keep adding his recipes on our blog, then we should change the name to "2 sisters and 1 brother recipes" ! LOL...;
He is a funny guy!

 Broccoli Rabe Steamed and Sauteed
  • 2 bunches (Andy Boy) Broccoli Rabe
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 7 garlic cloves, sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup of low-sodium Chicken Stock
  • Optional: 1 lemon-cut into quarters, as garnish


   Unwrap the broccoli rabe bunch and place onto a cutting board.

     Cut off stems of Broccoli rabe, about 3 inches from the bottom and discard.

Take remaining broccoli and slice into three equal size parts beginning from the top to the bottom of the stems. Then place the chopped broccoli into a colander.

Wash and rinse the broccoli under cold water.

     In a large sauté pan, sauté garlic in oil until garlic is golden color.

                                      Turn stove onto high setting, high heat.

Add Broccoli, salt, and red pepper flakes.  Cover with lid to steam for 3 to 5 minutes, and gently tossing broccoli occasionally.

Add chicken stock. Cover once again for additional 2 minutes.

Uncover and saute broccoli for 3 more minutes, tossing occasionally.

Remove from pan and transfer onto a serving platter. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve!

Serves 6 to 8

Enjoy!  Please leave us your comments, we would love to hear from you.


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  1. I have cooked often with brocolini but never rabe! I want to try this soon and your recipe sounds fantastic! So glad you visited me so I could find your blog! Amazing! I am your newest follower!

  2. Thank you and we love your site as well! We love Southern cooking! Thanks for visiting ours as well!

  3. Love your blog, and your story of how it began (and love Jessica too btw!). Thanks for visiting and following... My husband & I love to cook, and I can't wait to look through and try some of your recipes =).

  4. Yum, simple flavours but oh so tasty! Love a big bowl of greens :-)

  5. Thanks for stopping by! Please come back soon.

  6. great tutorial on this bitterly delicious winter veg.


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