Here’s how to cook broccoli: all the best ways! This healthy veggie is delicious when cooked perfectly, whether sauteed, steamed or roasted.
Bright green broccoli can be one of the tastiest healthy veggies out there! Many home cooks can be tempted to overcook it into a mushy mess. But cook it correctly, and it can be transcendental! Case in point: that roasted broccoli above is just as irresistible as a crispy french fry when cooked to charred perfection in a hot oven. There are some ways to cook broccoli that aren’t optimal. Here we’ve collected the 4 best ways of how to cook broccoli: roasted, sauteed, steamed and Instant Pot (pressure cooker).
How to cut broccoli
Before we get to how to cook it, how about how to cut broccoli? Some home cooks make the mistake of chopping them into very small florets, making them look stubby and a little uninspiring. Here’s how to cut the most beautiful florets! For more, go to How to Cut Broccoli.
- Keep the stems as long as possible! When you chop off the florets, slice them right the base of where the floret attaches to the main stem. Then separate them by slicing them apart right at the bottom. Doing this makes for an elegant and beautiful shape.
- Make the florets medium sized, as similar in size as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect! But keeping the florets uniform helps them to cook through at the same rate.
How to cook broccoli: the best ways!
Of course there are a few other ways to cook broccoli (microwave, etc), but these are the 4 methods that will get the best flavor every time! We promise.
Want to try more vegetables? Go to How to Cook Vegetables.
More great broccoli recipes
Want more ways to eat broccoli? Here are some of our favorites:
- In soup! Try our Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup.
- With cheese! Try the best Quick Cheesy Broccoli
- In stir fry! Try Broccoli Stir Fry.
- With shrimp! Try Shrimp and Broccoli.
- In casserole! Try Broccoli Cheese Wild Rice Casserole.
Broccoli is one of the best vegetables you can eat! It’s a cruciferous vegetable, part of a vegetable family that includes cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale. That means it inherits all the nutrients that run in the family! Here’s why to eat broccoli:
- It’s a great source of fiber. 1 cup of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of fiber, or about 5 to 10% of your daily need. (Source)
- It’s high in protein for a green vegetable. 1 cup has 3 grams protein. (Source) That’s a similar level to asparagus and potatoes.
- It’s very high in Vitamin C. ½ cup has 70% your daily value of Vitamin C. (Source)
Don’t confuse broccoli with broccoli rabe! Broccoli rabe is a bitter green that’s more closely related to a turnip than broccoli.
Last updated: March 2021