Servings: 4 · Prep Time: 5 mins · Cooking Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins


There are a dozen or so recipes for this on the internet. Some use bacon, some nuts and quite a few even add chorizo. I have pretty much tried them all and in the main they are all really good. If you love cheese then you will love this recipe. To create it I started off by looking at the top 10 ingredients that tantalise the taste buds and realised I could use four of them in this dish. I also considered dynamic contrast and found this ticked so many boxes. I am sure you will love my shallow fried broccoli, but feel free to mix it up with your favourite ingredients.


  • Broccoli (2 heads)
  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Shallots
  • Cheese (60g)
  • Lemon (1/2)
  • Olive Oil (drizzle)


Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat with the olive oil. Add the chopped garlic and shallots and cook for a few minutes. Stop just short of the garlic browning and then add the broccoli.

The trick is not to cut the florets too big, but to separate them into smaller sizes. I also keep some of the smaller stalks and fry them too. They stay nice and crunchy and add another layer of dynamic contrast.

Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the broccoli starts to brown. Now squeeze on the lemon.

You now have two choices; either turn off the heat, serve and add the grated cheese on top (I use cheddar or parmesan - different flavours for different dishes), or you can heat the cheese separately until it boils and then pour over the top. Both of these methods work equally well.