Broccoli is a healthy and versatile vegetable that can be found in pretty much any grocery store. It serves as a great side dish to have with any meal because it has a relatively neutral flavor which you can adjust to compliment whatever you are eating. Its health benefits are manifold and it can also be cooked rather quickly, with minimal effort, which makes it my go to vegetable of choice.
In this article I will share with you three easy methods of cooking broccoli that can be used as simple recipes, or as building blocks for other recipes. I have also included ways to spice things up for those who like things with a little more flavor! My favorite methods to cook broccoli are steaming it, roasting it, or sautéing it. So let’s get started!
How to Roast Broccoli:
Edano, Jason, Gochujang Broccoli, 2021
How To Roast Broccoli
- 2 tablespoons Olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- Baking sheet
- Silicone mat/ aluminum foil
- Set oven to bake and preheat to 425 Fahrenheit
- Cut broccoli into florets. (Florets are the tiny tree looking parts of broccoli connected to the thicker stem. You can cut the stem into rounds and bake with the florets, or save them for a vegetable stock if you don’t want to compost it.)
- Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, or a silicone baking sheet.
- Place your broccoli florets on the sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and then season with salt and pepper.
- Give everything a mix with your hands so that it is seasoned evenly.
- Bake for 20 minutes
I like to cook broccoli, and other vegetables, by baking them at a high temperature as it is quick and you are left with a vegetable that still has a nice crunch and a little bit of char. This is my personal favourite way to cook broccoli because you can set it and forget it, and I like the simple taste of charred broccoli with some salt and pepper.
Spice it up!
If you want to spice it up I recommend tossing the broccoli in a bowl with 1 -1½ tablespoons of gochujang, the juice of one lime, ¾ tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper, and sriracha to taste. Make sure everything is coated evenly and cook the broccoli at the same temperature for the same amount of time.
How to Steam Broccoli:
How To Steam Broccoli
- Olive oil
- Small Pot
- Steamer basket that fits in the pot.
- A fitting lid (If you don’t have a lid you can use aluminium foil)
- Set a small pot with about an inch of water to a boil and set a fitted steamer basket on top.
- Cut broccoli into florets.
- Once the water is boiling, place the broccoli in the steamer basket and steam with the lid closed for about 5 minutes.
- When broccoli is done, place in a bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
The best way to cook broccoli by steaming it, is to not overcook it so it still has a nice crunch. I would recommend removing the broccoli from the steamer basket and onto a plate once cooked otherwise the residual heat will continue to cook the broccoli.
Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce:
Edano, Jason, Broccoli with Romesco sauce, 2021
This next recipe is from Mariola and Marta, you can find more of their recipes and restaurant reviews by visiting their instagram page @truffleandegg.
Our favourite way to spice up steamed broccoli is by serving it with a generous helping of Romesco Sauce, a traditional Catalonian sauce that is guaranteed to level up almost any dish.
Best of all: you can make a big batch and keep it in the fridge to level up all your week’s meals!
Here is our recipe:
Steamed Broccoli with Romesco Sauce
Author: Mariola and Marta @truffleandegg
- 2 Tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper (or 2 dried ñora peppers if you have access to them)
- 1 garlic head
- 4 sundried tomatoes
- 20 whole hazelnuts
- 20 whole almonds (unsalted)
- 1 bread slice
- 60ml Extra virgin olive oil
- 20ml White wine vinegar
- 2tsp Smoked paprika (Spanish is best)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- If you are using ñoras, hydrate them by placing them in water the day before, or boiling for 10-15 min.
- Lightly toast the hazelnuts and almonds in the oven at 200C for 5-7 min
- Toast the bread slice so it’s crispy
- Put all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and start blending (you may need to start at low speed, and increase as the ingredients start combining).
- Once it’s all mostly blended, drizzle the olive oil little by little while running the blender to allow it to emulsify. Keep going until you have the consistency you want.
Top with some parsley breadcrumbs and toasted hazelnut crumbs for an extra fancy touch
How to Saute broccoli:
Edano, Jason, Terriyaki Broccoli, 2021
How To Saute Broccoli
- ½ onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- Olive oil
- Medium sized saute pan.
- Cut broccoli into florets, cut the onion into slices length wise about half an inch thick, and mince the garlic or cut it into thin slices.
- Set pan on medium high heat.
- Add enough olive oil to thinly coat the bottom of the pan.
- Add broccoli and onion
- Season with salt and pepper
- Cook broccoli by stirring occasionally for about 10-15 minutes or until desired texture.
- When the broccoli is close to being done, add the minced garlic and stir for about a minute.
Out of the bunch this might be the hardest method to cook broccoli, but it is still easy enough to do. The reason why you add the garlic in at the end is to prevent it from burning before everything else cooks properly.
Spice it up!
To spice this up I would recommend adding some teriyaki sauce when it is done and just give everything a mix until it is warmed through.
Teriyaki Sauce Broccoli
Easy Teriyaki sauce:
- 2 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoon Mirin
- 2 Tablespoon Sake
- 2 Garlic cloves minced or finely sliced
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (Or any sweetener.)
- Mix all Ingredients in a small pot on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, and the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Broccoli is a tasty, and versatile vegetable that can be prepared many ways. My favorite way to cook broccoli is roasting it in the oven because it cooks around the same time it takes me to cook dinner and I don’t have to think about it when it’s in the oven. If you are new to cooking I recommend trying out the basic recipes that were listed here, and then experimenting from there. For more easy recipes to try check out our “How to cook” section.
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