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Broccoli in a clear bowl with iced water.

How to Blanch Broccoli

Raw broccoli is fine and all, but a quick cooking method called blanching takes broccoli from boring to darn right tasty. Here’s How to Blanch Broccoli for adding to salads, veggie bowls, and the prettiest vegetable platter ever.
Course Pantry, Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 77kcal


  • 2 pounds broccoli florets
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (optional)


  • Bring 4 quarts water and 2 teaspoons salt to a rapid boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice.
  • Carefully lower the broccoli florets into the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green and just barely tender.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove the broccoli and immediately plunge into the ice water.
  • When the broccoli is completely cool, drain it from the ice water and pat dry with a paper towel.


Calories: 77kcal