Broccoli rice or sautéed broccoli is flavorful and less exacting than regular rice. It's quick, coming together in 5 minutes, has a beautiful color, and tastes amazing! This adaptable broccoli side dish is gluten free, paleo, dairy free, vegan, and keto.
2tbspunsalted butter, ghee, olive oil, or bacon fat
freshly ground black pepper
Rice the Broccoli
Rinse and trim the stem of the broccoli so that 2-inches remain. Break down the broccoli into large sections. Place half of the broccoli at a time into a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse just until no large pieces remain - for a texture roughly resembling rice.
Sauté Broccoli Rice
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil. Add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds until aromatic. Do not let the garlic develop any color.
Stir in the broccoli rice along with your preferred fat, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Cook until the fat is melted and the broccoli is tender - taste and remove quickly because the broccoli will continue to steam cook. Enjoy hot and fresh with lemon juice or as a side to chicken or fish.
Nutrition is calculated with unsalted butter.
Cauliflower Rice Variation
You can use this same recipe with cauliflower.
Cooking with Bacon vs. Bacon Fat
If you would like to incorporate bacon fat, you can use 1 strip of bacon, diced at the very beginning. Proceed with the garlic, broccoli rice, and reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp (bacon can be salty).