How To Cook Broccoli

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It might seem simple, but learning how to cook broccoli in various ways is essential. You can truly transform any dish by incorporating this nutrient vegetable. Roasting broccoli is popular among those looking for a flavorful taste. Other people like to steam this vegetable for healthier dishes. Enhance your broccoli spears by sautéing them with delicious products. You can even throw your vegetables on the grill!  

In this article, we will describe the many ways to cook broccoli. For beginners, we recommend frying or boiling because you can control the temperature easier. We find the most flavorful way of cooking our broccoli is by roasting them inside an oven. These dishes are best when the juices are thoroughly circulating inside themselves. Find out the steps on how to cook broccoli below. 

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Steps to Cook Broccoli

Learn how to cook broccoli in various ways, including sauteed, steamed, and roasting. This healthy vegetable is filled with many nutrients that are great for your body and mind. Use our steps below to cook broccoli exactly how you want them. Make sure to cut the vegetable into pieces of your desired size. 


  • Roasted – Preheat the oven to 425, and mix the florets with olive oil and kosher salt. Roast the broccoli for 25 minutes, or until tender and browned. 
  • Steamed – Pour water into a pot, filling up to 2 inches, then add a steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil, then add the broccoli. Steam for around 10 minutes or until the vegetable is tender by checking with a fork.
  • Sautéed – In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add the broccoli florets. Cook for 5 minutes and stir in garlic powder and other seasonings. Continue to cook for a few more minutes or until the vegetable is tender. 
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How Long To Boil Broccoli?

Determining how long you need to boil broccoli depends on the size of the florets. Make sure to add salt to the pot of water to increase heat levels quickly. Once you add the broccoli florets, cook for 3 minutes or until the vegetable is tender at the touch. 

Best Ways to Cook Broccoli

There are several ways to cook broccoli at a family dinner. You can also steam the vegetable or saute it with different flavors. One of my favorite ways to cook broccoli is to stir-fry it with other food items like carrots and green onions. 

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How To Steam Broccoli

To steam broccoli, make sure you have a pan or pot with room for a layer of water inside. Add 1/4 cup water to a pot and set a streamer on top. Cover the pan or pot and let the broccoli steam for 5 minutes. 

How To Cook Broccoli in Air Fryer

Air fryers are commonly used to avoid using much oil in entrees. You can add broccoli florets into the basket. Make sure to set the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Let broccoli cook in there for 6 minutes and serve immediately. 

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