How to Cook Broccoli Four Ways

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Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

>Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

Growing up, we ate a lot of broccoli.

Maybe it was the Velveeta, but I always loved it!

Here are four of my favorite ways to prepare broccoli (without the Velveeta). They are simple methods with interchangeable flavors for limitless combinations!

How to Chop Broccoli

Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

1.  After washing the broccoli carefully, separate the florets from the stalk.

2.  Slice off the bottom of the stalk, then stand up right. Make straight cuts down the sides to remove the outside of the stalk.

3.  Next, chop the trimmed stalk as desired.  I usually dice it.

4.  Last, chop the florets into even pieces.

How to Blanch Broccoli

Blanched broccoli has been boiled quickly and then plunged into an ice bath.  Blanching removes the harsh bitterness, making it the perfect addition to your vegetable tray or appetizer platter.  Here I left it plain except for a sprinkling of coarse salt.

Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

How to Roast Broccoli

Slow-roasted and golden brown broccoli has crispy edges and deep flavors.  I like to add a sprinkling of chopped walnuts for an elegant finish.

Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

How to Sauté Broccoli

This easy method yields crispy brown florets, similar to roasting, but without the long cooking time.  In minutes, you can cook up a simple vegetable side dish right on your stove top.  I love to add shredded cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking time for a gooey, melted finish.

Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

How to Steam Broccoli

Always a healthy choice, steamed broccoli is best when it is bright green and tender-crisp.  Add dashes of soy sauce and toasted sesame oil, then sprinkle with sesame seeds for an easy Asian side dish.  Leftover steamed broccoli is heavenly when chopped and added to scrambled eggs, too.

How to Cook Broccoli Four Ways

Yield: 4 servings

Four different methods of broccoli preparation plus topping and serving ideas for each! New inspiration to keep this power vegetable on your plate.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch broccoli, florets cut into ½” pieces, stalks and peeled and cut into ½” pieces

Directions:

  1. To blanch: In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water and 1 T. salt to a boil. Add broccoli and cook for 2 to 4 minutes; remove from the pot and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well.
  2. To roast: Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or a silicone mat. Toss broccoli in a bowl with 3 T. olive oil and spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until the broccoli is lightly browned and tender.
  3. To sauté: Heat 2 T. olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add broccoli and cook about 3 to 4 minutes. Add 3 T. water, cover, and cook about 2 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook another 2 minutes, until the water has evaporated and the broccoli is tender.
  4. To steam: Place a steaming rack in a large pot or Dutch oven and add water until it touches the bottom of the rack. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add broccoli to the rack, cover, and cook for 4 to 6 minutes; drain well.
Flavors for cooked broccoli:
  1. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with toasted and chopped almonds, walnuts, or cashews.
  3. Sprinkle with soy sauce, sesame oil, and toasted sesame seeds.
  4. Toss with shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Sauté with minced garlic, fresh grated ginger, scallions, and red pepper flakes.

4 comments

  1. I grew up eating broccoli all the time and we still do to this day. Especially roasted. Cole tells me it tastes like candy when we make it this way, so he gobbles it down. Have a great weekend!

    • Hi Matt, the general feedback to this post has been in favor of the roasted version which is also one of my favorites too. Although I recently got a steamer basket ($5.99 from Ikea, how can you beat that?) so making proper steamed broccoli was pretty fun! And I know once the heat kicks in (aka next week) I won’t be turning on the oven no matter what. So glad your boy eats his broccoli though! Calvin does too. :) Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your support! Have a great weekend too!

  2. This is really useful, Meggan. I really like the idea of adding soy sauce and sesame seeds to the steamed broccoli. :-)

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