Copycat Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Recipe

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This Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli recipe is the best way to serve steamed broccoli at home. Additionally, you can prepare this restaurant-style broccoli in under 15 minutes with only 4 main ingredients. Isn’t this just great!

Longhorn Steakhouse is an American casual dining restaurant chain, founded in 1981 by two best friends. Their first location, originally called Longhorn Steaks Restaurant & Saloon was opened in Atlanta, Georgia. However, by 1990 the franchise definitely expanded, their restaurants being located all over the United States and even in Puerto Rico.

The Longhorn menu is famous for the various kinds of steak, but they are loved for their classic tasty side dishes too. One of these is the Longhorn garlic parmesan broccoli and today we will learn how to easily replicate it.

Copycat Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Recipe

How to Choose the Broccoli for the Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Recipe

There are two main options when choosing the broccoli for the copycat Longhorn recipe: pre-cut florets or a head of broccoli (or crowns). However, either way you’ll go, keep in mind that the key is the freshness of the broccoli!

So, when you go shopping to make the Longhorn garlic parmesan broccoli recipe, look for dark green broccoli florets and avoid brown or yellow ones. Also, remember that when purchasing heads of broccoli, they should be dense and heavy.

The Easiest Way to Cut Broccoli

First of all, it’s about suitable instruments: a sharp knife and a cutting board. I like to use a small paring or utility knife, or a chef’s knife that is under 6 inches. A knife that is too long can make cutting the florets off the stalk harder. After you have set up your cutting board and selected your knife, start by washing and drying your broccoli. Next, place it on the cutting board and remove any leaves or bad florets.

Now that your broccoli is set, start slicing pieces off where the floret stem meets the larger stalk. Continue doing so until all florets are removed from the stem. Additionally, if there are any larger florets, cut them in half.

What to Add to Broccoli to Make it Taste Better

I’m a big fan of broccoli, and when Parmesan and garlic are added, I don’t need anything more. However, I know many of my beloved readers might not be the biggest broccoli fans. Not to mention our kids’ perspective on broccoli. That’s why I’ll list some ways to make it taste even better and just maybe transform it into your kids’ best friend!

  • I love adding butter for some extra creaminess, but you can also add olive or avocado oil and sea salt for a vegan broccoli recipe.
  • Even though the classic Longhorn broccoli recipe uses Parmesan, you can replace it with a variety of cheeses, like cheddar, jack cheese, or mozzarella. It will transform your recipe into a cheesier one, and the broccoli pieces will stick together.
  • If you and your kids are basil fans, add some fresh homemade pesto to your broccoli. The basil flavor will totally change the whole thing.
  • A squeeze of lemon is a great way to add some bright, fresh flavor.
  • A sprinkle of red chili flakes for a kick of heat
  • A sprinkle of toasted breadcrumbs for additional flavor and texture. This is my favorite addition, and my kids love cheesy broccoli sprinkled with breadcrumbs!
Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

How to Make Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

Now that we know everything there is to know about this easy copycat recipe, it’s time to learn how actually to make it. Don’t worry, the ingredients are affordable, and the step-by-step guide is easy to follow. Only 15 minutes and your copycat Longhorn garlic Parmesan broccoli recipe is ready!

What You Need to Make Copycat Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

First of all, I want to point out that I prepared the Longhorn broccoli only for me this time, as the whole family was away for the night. I wanted a healthy side to enjoy with a glass of wine, and the garlic and Parmesan broccoli was the winner. So, I only used half of the amount of the ingredients, as you’ll notice in the photo below.

What You Need to Make Copycat Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

However, I suggest following the ingredients list below if you prepare the recipe for more than one person.

  • 2 heads or crowns of broccoli;
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese;
  • 4 tablespoons butter;
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic;
  • 2 cups of water;
  • Salt and pepper.

Step-By-Step Recipe for Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

  1. After thoroughly washing the broccoli, start chopping it into small pieces, as in the photo below.
chopped broccoli
  1. Place 2 cups of water in a skillet and bring to a boil.
broccoli in skillet
  1. Add the broccoli to the boiling water
  1. Then, cover the skillet with a lid and let it steam for 3-5 minutes until just cooked, but still with a little bite.
boiling broccoli
  1. Now, drain excess water. Be careful with this step! I always manage to get burned. So, my husband offered me some oven mitts on Valentine’s Day and I’m kind of forced to wear them anytime I use the stove now.   
cooked broccoli
  1. Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt. Next, toss the broccoli pieces in the butter.
butter in skillet
broccoli in melted butter
  1. Finally, add the minced garlic, salt, pepper and the grated parmesan. Gently mix everything and make sure that every broccoli piece is covered in parmesan.
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Copycat Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli Recipe

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This Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli recipe is the best way to serve steamed broccoli at home. Additionally, you can prepare this restaurant-style broccoli in under 15 minutes with only 4 main ingredients.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Side, Side Dish, Sides, Vegetable

Ingredients

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  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups water
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. After thoroughly washing the broccoli, start chopping it into small pieces.
  2. Place 2 cups of water in a skillet and bring to a boil.
  3. Add the broccoli.
  4. Then, just cover the skillet with a lid and let it steam for 3-5 minutes, until just cooked but still with a little bite.
  5. Now, strain the broccoli. Be careful with this step! I always manage to get burned.
  6. Add the butter to the skillet and let it melt. Next, toss the broccoli pieces in the butter.
  7. Finally, add the minced garlic, salt and pepper and the grated Parmesan. Gently mix everything and make sure that every broccoli piece is covered in Parmesan.
  • Author: Rosie
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Cuisine: American

Enjoy Your Longhorn Broccoli at Home!

Well, now we certainly know everything there is to know about the copycat Longhorn garlic Parmesan broccoli recipe. Wasn’t it much easier to prepare it than you initially thought? I don’t want to be too excited about it, but for me was surprisingly easy. When I first tasted the Longhorn broccoli, I wouldn’t have believed it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare such a tasty side dish.

Longhorn Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

Finally, as you surely already noticed, this is an incredibly versatile recipe and is also easy to double or triple for larger groups. In addition, please keep in mind that this garlic Parmesan broccoli will be kept very well in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for three to five days, not that you are likely to have it around for that long. This is such a delicious buttery side dish I can guarantee that it will disappear very quickly!

Last but not least, I will be super excited to find out what your opinion is on this recipe. Did you enjoy preparing it? What did your family think about it? Did you find it as delicious as I did? Also, if you have improved it, please let me know. Tell me everything in the comment section below.

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Zoe
2 weeks ago

Such an easy recipe to follow

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