A simple tutorial for how to cut broccoli into uniform pieces ideal for even blanching, roasting, or enjoying raw. And, learn our best tips for buying, washing, and store fresh broccoli.

Cut up broccoli on a cutting board.

Tutorial notes:

  • Uniform size: Cut the broccoli florets into pieces that are all about the same size so they cook evenly. If you plan to roast the broccoli, cut the florets into 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces. If you plan to blanch the broccoli, or if you are making Piggly Wiggly Salad (Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese), you may want to cut the florets into smaller pieces.
  • Buying:  Choose bright green broccoli that has a firm stalk, and should not have any yellowing florets or brown spots. Broccoli should feel heavy for its size.
  • Washing: Fresh broccoli is susceptible to mold growth, so wash broccoli only right before you will use it.
  • Storing: Whole broccoli should be stored in an open bag in the refrigerator. Store cut broccoli florets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you plan to freeze broccoli, I recommend blanching it first and freezing in an airtight container. Store for up to nine months.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1.  Begin by placing the head of broccoli upside down on a cutting board.  Cut off each of the florets where they meet the stalk.
    Cutting florets off a stalk of broccoli.
  2.  Slice the large florets into smaller pieces by slicing through the stems.
    Cut up broccoli on a cutting board.
  3.  Square the stalk by slicing off the tough outer layer of the stalk, removing about ⅛ of an inch on each side.
    Cutting broccoli stalks into even pieces.
  4.  Slice the stalk into 1/4-inch pieces.
    Cut up broccoli on a cutting board.

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Cut up broccoli on a cutting board.

How to Cut Broccoli

A simple tutorial for how to cut broccoli into uniform pieces ideal for even blanching, roasting, or enjoying raw. And, learn our best tips for buying, washing, and store fresh broccoli.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 12 servings
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 26

Ingredients 

  • 2 pounds broccoli florets from 3 stalks broccoli (about 12 cups)

Instructions 

  • Begin by placing the head of broccoli upside down on a cutting board.  Cut off each of the florets where they meet the stalk.
  • Slice the large florets into smaller pieces by slicing through the stems.
  • Square the stalk by slicing off the tough outer layer of the stalk, removing about ⅛ of an inch on each side.
  • Slice the stalk into 1/4-inch pieces.

Notes

  1. Uniform size: Cut the broccoli florets into pieces that are all about the same size so they cook evenly. If you plan to roast the broccoli, cut the florets into 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces. If you plan to blanch the broccoli, or if you are making Piggly Wiggly Salad (Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese), you may want to cut the florets into smaller pieces.
  2. Buying:  Choose bright green broccoli that has a firm stalk, and should not have any yellowing florets or brown spots. Broccoli should feel heavy for its size.
  3. Washing: Fresh broccoli is susceptible to mold growth, so wash broccoli only right before you will use it.
  4. Storing: Whole broccoli should be stored in an open bag in the refrigerator. Store cut broccoli florets in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If you plan to freeze broccoli, I recommend blanching it first and freezing in an airtight container. Store for up to nine months.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 471IUVitamin C: 67mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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