If You Still Haven't Roasted Broccoli, Now's The Time To Do It

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Broccoli is a brilliantly versatile vegetable and there are so many amazing broccoli recipes out there. It’s great roasted, boiled, steamed, grilled and even stir-fried. And you just can't argue with a broccoli soup, can you?

Whether you’re having it as a side for your roast dinner or as part of a pasta dish, broccoli is dead easy to cook. So, here are a few ways to cook broccoli that’ll work a treat.

How to boil broccoli

One of the simplest ways to cook broccoli is to boil it. All you have to do for this cooking method is to fill a saucepan with boiling water from the kettle and place the pan over a high heat. After you’ve cut your broccoli into bite-sized florets, simply pop them into the boiling water carefully and allow to cook for 5–6 minutes.

Check if they’re done by sticking a knife into the stem of one of the florets. It should go in fairly easily. If it doesn’t, the broccoli probably needs another couple of minutes. Before serving, drain the florets in a sieve or colander.

How to steam broccoli

Steaming broccoli is a brilliant way of keeping all that tasty broccoli flavour. All you have to do is place the florets in a steamer over boiling water. Cook them for 5-6 minutes. Again, check if they’re cooked with a knife. Continue to steam if the stem still feels hard.

How to stir-fry broccoli

If you’re looking to stir-fry your broccoli, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the florets, and cook for 4-5 minutes; stirring continuously. And why not add crushed garlic, lime zest or spices to bring your broccoli to life a little more?

Photo credit: Delish
Photo credit: Delish

How to roast broccoli

If you’re having a Sunday roast, why not include roasted broccoli as one of your veggies? Simply pre-heat your oven to 180°C fan. Spread your broccoli florets on a baking tray, and drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and pop them in the oven for 20 minutes. Check them after 15 minutes to make sure they’re not catching. Again, you can jazz up your roasted broccoli by adding lemon zest or dried chilli flakes before popping them in the oven.

How to cook tender-stem broccoli

The great thing about tender-stem is not only does it make you look super-sophisticated if you serve it at a dinner party, but it’s also dead easy to cook, because you can cook it in all the same ways as regular broccoli.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

But, if you’re looking for even more of a wow factor at your next shindig, try griddling it. Simply place a griddle pan over a high heat before placing your tender-stem broccoli into the pan. Turn the broccoli every so often so you get nice griddle marks without it getting burnt. This should take around 6-8 minutes.

How to microwave broccoli

If you're looking for the absolute easiest way to cook broccoli, how about microwaving it? All you have to do it prepare your broccoli and cut it into florets like you usually would. You then need to place the broccoli florets into a microwave-safe bowl with 1-2 tbsp of water. cover the bowl with another plate or cling film if you'd rather, then microwave on full power for 2 minutes to begin with. Check the broccoli and if it's not tender yet, put it back into the microwave for another 2 minutes. Continue to do this until it's tender and cooked through. Be careful when you take the plate or cling film off as there will be hot steam in there.

How to freeze broccoli

Seeing as you're here, you might want to know how to freeze broccoli too - you may have cooked too much, after all? Well, the best way to freeze broccoli is after it's been boiled. So prepare it and cut it into florets like usual, boil it (see above for instructions). Once cooked and tender, place the broccoli into a bowl of ice water for a few minutes. Drain the broccoli and pat dry with a clean tea towel or kitchen roll. Place the broccoli into a freezer bag in a single layer then pop it into your freezer. Your broccoli will last for around six months in the freezer.

How to cook frozen broccoli

Once you're ready to cook your frozen broccoli, simply take it out of the freezer and cook it from frozen. It's already cooked, so it'll just need warming up, either by boiling again, steaming, microwaving or roasting. Or, you can just sling your frozen broccoli into stews to warm through as is. How easy is that?!

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