Grilled Broccoli with Smoky Yogurt Sauce

Blanching broccoli florets before charring ensures the broccoli's tender all the way through, helping it crisp up quickly in a very hot pan. Firing up the grill? Cook the blanched broccoli in a grill basket over medium-high heat instead.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 servings


  • 6 cups broccoli florets

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¾ cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Set a bowl of ice water by the stove. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add broccoli and cook until bright green and almost tender, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the broccoli to the ice water. Drain and pat dry.

  2. Grate 1 teaspoon zest from lemon, then cut it in half. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the lemon halves, cut-side down, and cook until lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the broccoli to the pan and cook, stirring once, until lightly charred, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl; toss with oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  3. Juice 1 lemon half into a small bowl. Stir in the zest, yogurt, cumin, paprika and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve the broccoli with the yogurt sauce and the remaining lemon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
6g Fat
11g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 3354IU 67%
Vitamin C 120mg 133%
Folate 80mcg 20%
Sodium 338mg 15%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 36mg 9%
Potassium 461mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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