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white plate holding steamed broccoli with lemon and curry mayo sauce

Steamed Broccoli with Lemon & Curry Mayo

Steamed Broccoli with Lemon and Curry Mayo is a great recipe for busy cooks who want a delicious side dish in just minutes. In fact, it’s so easy to make that I often turned to it while camping in our Airstream. Make sure to try this recipe out soon; it’s going to quickly become a favorite among your friends and family.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  •  teaspoon curry powder, or more to taste
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, optional


  1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together mayonnaise, yogurt (or sour cream) and curry powder. Cover and refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend.
  2. Cut broccoli into florets; save stems for another use.

A. Steamer Basket in Saucepan Method

  1. Place florets in a steaming rack over boiling water; cover and steam for 7 to 10 minutes or until crisp-tender (time needed depends on size of florets and altitude where you live).

B. Instant Pot Method

  1.  Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups water into inner pot of cooker. Insert steamer basket (water should be below the basket). Place florets in basket; seal. Set on Pressure Cook for 0 minutes. As soon as the timer beeps, quick release the steam.


  1. Place broccoli on a serving platter or individual dinner plates.
  2. Squeeze fresh lemon over the top.
  3. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper. Spoon some sauce over the top, passing remaining sauce on the side.


Make ahead: Sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance, covered and refrigerated.

Roasted broccoli variation: Place broccoli florets in a bowl and drizzle with a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Season with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir broccoli; continue cooking for an additional 7 to 10 minutes, or until crisp-tender.

  • Author: From "Fresh Tastes" by Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Side dishes
  • Method: Steaming
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 371.4 mg
  • Fat: 21.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.1 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 4.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.1 mg