1 head broccoli, stem trimmed and peeled
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and ground pepper 

Starting with flower end of broccoli, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add red-pepper flakes. Cook about 1 minute.

Raise heat to medium. Add broccoli; season with salt and ground pepper. Cook, stirring often, until broccoli is crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water. Simmer, covered, until broccoli is tender, 4 to 5 minutes more.

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