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Broccoli Rabe Steamed and Sauteed

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Broccoli Rabe Steamed and Sauteed 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! There’s a secret to minimizing the bitter taste with this green vegetable, and it’s so simple you’ll be amazed next time you make broccoli rabe.


Happy first day of summer!! We love making vegetable side dishes all summer long and especially broccoli rabe!
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. Some will steam the broccoli rabe first and then saute it, and others will give it a boil, and serve it plain.  But we find that our brother Danny makes it most delicious, cooking it to a perfect dark green color and crunchy texture.  He makes it BEST!  The only difference with his delicious broccoli rabe is how he finishes it off, cooking it with a splash of chicken broth. Yep, that’s the secret tip!
First, 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!
Broccoli rabe as you may already know happens to be 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.
As a side dish, it compliments any meat and potatoes entree. Our favorite is simply eating it all alone on a slice of crunchy toasted bread with a glass of wine. What could be better?
Just another great tip from our brother Danny who 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


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


2.  Cut off stems of Broccoli rabe, about 2 or 3 inches from the bottom and discard.


3.  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.

4.  Wash and rinse the broccoli under cold water.  Allow to drain.

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

6.  Turn stove onto high setting, for high heat.

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

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

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

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

Serves 6 to 8


                                                  *****        *****       *****Hello friends! I (Anna) have been traveling these past two weeks in Italy for business and pleasure and look forward to sharing my photos with you in the next coming days – so stay tuned!
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  • Reply
    Kitchen Belleicious
    June 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    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!

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    June 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

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

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    June 25, 2011 at 1:55 am

    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 =).

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    June 26, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Yum, simple flavours but oh so tasty! Love a big bowl of greens 🙂

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    February 8, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Thanks for stopping by! Please come back soon.

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    February 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    healthy and delicious!

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    nancy at good food matters
    February 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    great tutorial on this bitterly delicious winter veg.

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    Amy Tong
    June 25, 2017 at 1:49 am

    I love broccoli rabe too! So easy to cook and always yummy! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your method!

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      2 Sisters Recipes
      June 25, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Hi Amy! You’ re very welcome!! And thanks for stopping by!

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      2 Sisters Recipes
      June 25, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Hi Amy! You’ re very welcome! And thanks for stopping by !

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    June 25, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Love this recipe so thanks for sharing again – and LOVE your new look! What a beautiful blog – so happy for you 🙂

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      2 Sisters Recipes
      June 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Thank you Tricia!! Still working out some of the kinks -but very happy!

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