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Simple & Delicious Skillet Broccoli (or Asparagus!)

This is seriously so easy (and delicious); it’s probably most of the reason we actually eat our veggies in this house. Anytime we have a main dish planned, but need a vegetable, I hardly flinch at being signed up to add this to the dinner agenda.

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There are three differences between making broccoli and asparagus:

The first is that broccoli needs to be covered with a lid to cook all the way through while asparagus is better off without one to prevent becoming soggy.

The second is that asparagus can be cooked on medium-high heat to allow for some browning (or a lot of browning, if you’re into that), while keeping the center somewhat crisp. Broccoli should stick to medium heat because burnt, uncooked broccoli is not your friend (though, a slight bit of browning is never a bad thing here either).

Third, broccoli takes a bit longer to cook – about 17 minutes, depending on how crisp you like it. Asparagus can be done in 12-15 – again, depending on your desired crispness. Always check with a fork if you’re unsure!

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Goes with just about everything!

We love our cast iron pans for literally everything and I would even go as far as to say that this recipe is one that shines brightest when cooked in cast iron (it might also be the first thing we made when we got our cast iron). Of course, you can use any pan, but I’m not promising it’ll be as good.

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Pro tip for asparagus: remove from pan immediately after cooking to prevent it from continuing to cook in the hot pan. We always shovel it onto our plates and eat it as soon as it’s done – which is what I would recommend – because transferring it to another dish usually ends up with it getting cold pretty fast (unless you heat the dish, I suppose, but then you just have more dishes to wash…).

Last, but not least, DO NOT FORGET THE BRAGG SEASONING!! I know, I know – I have never once purchased a special seasoning just for a recipe either, but if you don’t already have Bragg Sprinkle 24 Herbs & Spices Seasoning as one of your top three spices (it’s our top one along with salt & pepper), get it. Seriously. It makes literally everything taste great (well, okay – probably not most desserts). It’s also the only actual seasoning “mix” that we use. (I’m NOT getting paid for this promotion!)

Simple & Delicious Skillet Broccoli (or Asparagus!)

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

• 1 Large bunch of broccoli or 2 crowns (1 bunch of asparagus)
• 2 tbsp butter (technically optional, but makes it all the more delicious)
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• salt & pepper
Bragg Sprinkle 24 Herbs & Spices Seasoning

Directions for Broccoli:

• Heat a 10 oe 12″ skillet to medium heat
• Add oil, butter & broccoli
• Cover & cook for a few minutes, then add salt to taste
• Toss every few minutes while continuing to cook for a total of approximately 15 minutes
• Add remaining seasonings and cook 2-3 minutes longer, or until a fork inserted reveals your desired tenderness

Directions for Asparagus:

• Heat a 12″ skillet to medium-high heat
• Add oil, butter & asparagus
• Cook for a few minutes, then add salt to taste
• Toss every few minutes while continuing to cook for a total of approximately 12 minutes
• Add remaining seasonings and cook 2-3 minutes longer, or until a fork inserted reveals your desired tenderness

Notes:

• Sometimes it helps to move the pan around for even cooking of asparagus if it is too long to get even heat from the center of the burner
• If your asparagus is not browned, but is cooked through, turn up the heat next time for some browning
• If your broccoli is burnt, but not cooked through, cook at a lower temp for longer and remember the lid!

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