Lemon & Thyme Gremolata

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When I come across something with a funny foreign name, I always do a double take and get curious about it. Does that happen to you? When I see recipes like Peruvian something, tzatziki, pantacee whatever, quinoa, fritata… etc, I always need to know what it is NOW and I want to have it NOW even if I know nothing about it at that moment.

That just goes to show how gullible and impressionable I am when something sounds interesting. Haha! Or consider me adventurous and daring! That’s better.

When I first saw this thing called gremolata, it intrigued me. I mean, with such a fancy name, it MUST be complicated and fancy! I mean I saw it on A Cozy Kitchen. And Michael Ruhlman! And again on Simply Recipes. Then I saw it again on Chocolate & Zucchini. So that meant I have to do it, right?

Did I build up the suspense well? Gremolata is not really that difficult or anything. It’s just a a herby, zesty sprinkle that tops whatever you like to spruce it up and give it the extra zing it needs! Quite potent, quite bright and quite lovely indeed.

I wanted to roast broccoli and thought that while it would be great and yummy that way, it would be even better with something nice sprinkled over. 
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My own mixture consist of lemon zest, thyme, pepper, garlic & grated Parmesan.
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Mix it all together. And there’s your gremolata! Crazy, right?
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I was going to use it on broccoli, not the chicken. Once that chicken half was done cooking, I tossed in raw broccoli florets in. And roasted it.
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Topped the lightly charred broccoli with my gremotala.
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Because I added a bit of Parmesan, the topping will melt into those florets and stick to them. Genius, right?
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This little sprinkle just brightens up a plain roasted veggie and adds a punch with whatever herbs you choose to use!

So next time if you see a dish with a fancy name, don’t turn away. It might be so easy, you’d fall off your chair laughing. 😉


“The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)

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Lemon & Thyme Gremolata
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Recipe type: Topping
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2
  • zest of 1 Lemon
  • 4 sprigs Thyme, leaves stripped
  • ½ clove Garlic, grated
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • ¼ tsp ground Black Pepper
  1. Stir everything in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle over a any dish you'd like to spruce up!


  1. OK, so I just realized that your new blog RSS was NOT in my Feedly! Catching up with you now, lady!

    This recipe looks delightful, and basically, any time you can top broccoli with cheese and spices, I’m into it. Definitely gonna make your rendition of this sometime soon because we love stuff like this!

    • LOL. So glad you got that fixed. I was wondering where you went for so long. 😉 Missed having you around these parts. This topping thing is amazing. I top any kind of roasted or baked food with this and it just immediately elevated it to something else.

  2. Love the use of lemon here! Chicken and veggies are covered, so all we need is rice for my family. Looks like a great family meal!

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