Saturday, April 24, 2010

Easy Microwaved Broccoli with Butter Thyme

I liked the mixed vegetable side dish that was offered at Texas Roadhouse.  It was really simple and crunchy.  So, I tried to create it at home using the microwave.  You can steam yours if you like but for me microwave is easier in this easy dish.  You can omit the salt if you use salted butter and also you can replace the butter with extra virgin olive oil.  When you use olive oil, just make sure you stir and mix the broccoli well with your hands before you put it in the microwave.

This is one easy side dish to serve with your American dinner.  I served with my Chinese dinner with no problem too.  One healthy meal can be grilled chicken with this broccoli, baked sweet potato wedges and a piece of toasted whole wheat bread.


  • Broccoli crowns, washed and cut, about 3-4 cups
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into thin slices (you can add more if you like)
  • Sprinkle of sea salt/ kosher salt
  • Touch of black pepper
  • Dashes of dried thyme
  • Dashes of garlic powder


1.  In a microwave safe plate or dinner plate, place the broccoli on top.  Add slices of butter all over it.  Sprinkle with some salt to taste, touch of black pepper and some dried thyme and garlic powder.

2.  Microwave for 4-5 minutes or according to microwave direction or until the butter is melted and the broccoli is soften but still crunchy.

3.  When you take out of the microwave, give it a quick stir to mix well with the butter sauce.  Season to taste with salt if needed.

Note:  If you use salted butter,  you can probably omit the salt or cut down on the salt.


SIG said...

My girl's favourite veggie.

J.Herrmann said...

No need to add water at all? That is amazing ! Quick and healthy !

Unknown said...

BRILLIANT IDEA! i always hesitate to choose broccoli as i have to blanch it first before stir frying etc. this is so fast, easy and so good for meeee. thank youuu!

noobcook said...

This is fuss free yet healthy and delicious ... yes can acccompany as side dish with western food or with rice :)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

simple, crunchy and sweet! YUM!

Little Corner of Mine said...

SIG, this is Evy's favorite veggie too. But both of them loved this microwave one with butter.

Yes Herrmann, I didn't add any water at all. Try it!

You are welcome Rita. Next time instead of blanching, you can just microwave for 2-3 mins in the microwave. Same with cauliflower.

Agreed noobcook. Now I have one easy veggie to serve with my western meal. :)

Thanks Sonia.

Sook said...

I love good broccoli! This looks fantastic!

tigerfish said...

Butter taste better than EVOO...definitely.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks Sook.

Yes Tigerfish, butter tasted better than EVOO, I had tried both. :P

Unknown said...

i finally did something like this! thanks so much for the inspiration, Ching! you're the best!!!

Little Corner of Mine said...

You are so welcome Rita. :)

Jessica said...

I realise you don't have cauliflower recipe :( I was going to try cooking for the first time today.
I remember eating cauliflower in tomato ketchup sauce before when I was younger. Do you have any recipe for that?

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hi Jessica,
I didn't even realize I didn't post any cauliflower recipe. Next time when I cook it, I will try to remember. I never eaten any cauliflower in ketchup before so I don't know how to create that. Sorry! But you can use this broccoli recipe to cook the cauliflower too, in fact the thyme matches better with cauliflower.

Jessica said...

Thanks! I will try it next time with thyme