Low Fat Broccoli Gratin

Low-Fat Broccoli Gratin

How is it possible that Thanksgiving is already this week? November has just flown by! We also celebrated Madeline’s 4th birthday over the weekend and had the most fun time at Disneyland where she got to have a special princess makeover!

We certainly can’t forget the veggies for your Thanksgiving spread! One of my favorite potato dishes of all-time is most definitely potatoes gratin. I mean, what’s not to love about creamy cheesy potatoes? It’s total comfort food at it’s best. So I made this broccoli gratin instead of potatoes this time around and it’s seriously delish. I also tried to lighten up the cheesy sauce a bit by using fat-free half and half and lower fat cheese. If you don’t care about the fat, use regular half and half and cheese!

Low-Fat Broccoli Gratin

This recipe will satisfy your craving for cheesy and creamy goodness without all the calories and starch. I used just broccoli here, but you could also do a combo of broccoli and cauliflower! Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables so of course, it would grace my Thanksgiving table. And who doesn’t love broccoli covered in cheese? That’s right. Nobody. I love the crispy panko topping on this too as it adds a nice crunch and texture to the dish.

One thing to note about the recipe is the second step where you toss the broccoli in some boiling water for a couple of minutes. This precooks the broccoli so it’s nice and tender when it’s done cooking. HOWEVER, I actually prefer my broccoli to be more al dente so I have also made this skipping the boiling and I actually prefer it this way. So, if you want your broccoli to be softer, boil it before baking. If you want it to be more al dente, skip the second step.

While I’m posting this as a Thanksgiving dish, this broccoli gratin is a delicious side dish to make year around, especially if you have picky veggie eaters in your house!

Low-Fat Broccoli Gratin

Yield: 6 servings

Low-Fat Broccoli Gratin

Low-Fat Broccoli Gratin

A lower fat alternative to the potato version, but just as delicious!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 5 cups broccoli, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • 1 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs (can use more if you would like)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot of lightly salted, boiling, water, cook the broccoli for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside (Note: you can skip this step if you prefer your broccoli to be more al dente).
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter on medium heat. Stir in the flour with the butter and stir until well-combined. Add in the milk and cheddar cheese and whisk until smooth. Stir in the garlic powder and salt and pepper.
  4. In a 9×13 baking dish, add the broccoli. Pour the cheese mixture over the broccoli and mix to coat. Evenly distribute the panko bread crumbs over the top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown (if the bread crumbs are not golden, you can also switch the oven to broil for a couple of minutes, watching very carefully to avoid burning).

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5.4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 216mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4.1g

Low-Fat Broccoli Gratin



  1. WHAT!! You started to put up Christmas decorations already! Your crazy!! I won’t start that until after Thanksgiving! love your low fat broccoli gratin!

  2. This looks so yummy! I’ll be trying this one!

  3. I wish I could start hanging up decorations, but my family is adamantly against it. Lame-os. BTW, this gratin looks delicious! And I love that it’s healthy, so I can eat like, triple portions. :)

  4. This looks great … I could eat the whole thing, right now :-)

  5. OH yes. I love broccoli and cheese and delicious baked things.

  6. I make almost this exact recipe and I love it. Great way to eat the yummy gratin without the guilt. :)

  7. This gratin looks absolutely delicious :D


  8. This looks like such healthy and totally satisfying way to eat broccoli!! Love it. :)

  9. I pretty much like anything “gratin” but I would especially like this one – broccoli is one of my favorite veggies!

  10. I love that this is a lowfat option to serve at Thanksgiving. Lord knows there is plenty of fat and calories in everything else, so this is definitely going on my Thanksgiving dinner table. :)

  11. Ooh this looks really yummy Stephanie! And I like that its a little healthier than the usual cheesy/starchy Thanksgiving sides :)

  12. I can’t believe you started putting up Christmas decorations! I finally hit pier 1 so I’m kinda ready, but not totally there yet! This dish looks all kinds of perfect! Love the fact that it’s low fat – so I have more room for dessert :)

  13. i love this side dish as an alternative to the heavy green bean casserole that my mom will be serving. don’t get me wrong, the casserole is heavenly but this would be a nice and much more waist-line friendly option! i’m thinking of making something like this later that weekend – i know my fam would love it girl!!

  14. I love that you ligtened up one of my very favorite dishes. Who doesn’t love broccoli and cheese together? Crazies, that’s who.

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