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Broccoli Recipes

Updated on August 19, 2014

Easy Broccoli Recipes

Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. I'll eat it by itself most of the time, just steamed with a bit of garlic and butter added for flavor. But I love cream of broccoli soup, sweet and sour broccoli salad, and warm casseroles as well.

I'll share a few recipes here that are adaptations of my own and direct you toward some other broccoli recipes as well.

Selecting and Cooking Broccoli

Like almost any vegetable, I prefer fresh broccoli to frozen. I use fresh produce in all of the broccoli recipes that I discuss on this page. I've never grown my own, but I'm sure it would be a good way of getting the freshest and most tender broccoli. Instead I just make sure I select only broccoli that has bright, deep green (tightly closed) flowerets and a tender, firm stalk.

After buying my broccoli I store it in the refrigerator but I cook it within a day or two so that it doesn't get too dry. When it's fresh, it's great even when eaten raw, on a salad, on it's own, or with a dip.

Some people will cook broccoli by covering it with some water in a saucepan, and boiling it on low for 5-10 minutes. Steaming however, will preserve more nutrients and it's my favorite way of preparing broccoli. You simply remove the leaves and heavy stalk, cut it up, rinse it thoroughly in cold water, and cook it in a steamer. This can be done in the microwave, but I prefer doing it on the stovetop where it's easier for me to check on it's progress. Simply put a couple of inches of water in the pan and then place the broccoli filled basket (steamer insert) over the water. I often mince up a large clove of garlic to put in with the broccoli, bring the water to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 6-10 minutes until it's tender, crisp. I usually add a bit of butter or margarine before serving.

The important part is to avoid over cooking the broccoli. You can test it while cooking by merely sticking a fork in the remaining stalk, if your fork punctures it, it's done. Once you've done this a couple of times you'll have a better idea of how firm you like it.

I eat this steamed broccoli with garlic most often, but probably my second favorite way to eat it is in a sweet & sour broccoli salad. It's one that I found a few years ago. You can see that recipe here online. If that doesn't hit the mark, I would suggest another favorite a Mango-Broccoli Salad which you can see here.

How to Grow Broccoli

A Warm Broccoli Side Dish Recipe

This is a very simple and quick broccoli side dish. This is one that I adapted long ago and doesn't require a lot of time to prepare. It serves only two to three people, but you can easily increase the quantities to serve a larger group.

4 cups fresh broccoli, cut up

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice

1/3 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup grated Swiss Cheese

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Steam broccoli for 5-10 minutes, until firm but tender. Place in bake dish.

In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise and orange juice. Spread the mixture over broccoli, then top with cheeses.

Bake for 12 minutes, brown under the broiler for a couple of minutes, then serve.

Nutritional Information on Broccoli

Broccoli, like most fresh vegetables offers alot of beneficial nutrients. It's rich in antioxidants, which are prized for their cancer fighting characteristics. A cup of broccoli has only 31 calories by itself. Of course when preparing casseroles and side dishes you add more calories with the other ingredients.

Broccoli is a particularly good source of Vitamins C and K, as a one cup serving provides more than enough of these vitamins for the day. It's very low in fat and yet provides significant amounts of a number of essential minerals such as calcium and potassium. This page from nutritiondata.com can give you all of the details.

Creamy Broccoli Casserole

If you like creamy casseroles, this one should suit you. It will serve 4 to 6 people.

2 tablespoons margarine or butter

2 tablespoons flour

2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 small yellow onion, minced

1 teaspoon Worcestshire sauce

1 tablespoon mustard

6 cups fresh broccoli, cut up

3 hard cooked eggs, sliced

3/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Steam broccoli for 5 to 8 mintues until tender crisp.

Meanwhile, melt margarine in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute for a few minutes until tender. Reduce heat to low, add flour, cook for 1-2 mintues while stirring. Whisk in milk gradually. Increase heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring constantly until it reaches a boil and thickens. Add salt, white pepper, Worcestshire sauce, and mustard.

Place half of the broccoli in a bake dish and top with half of the egg slices. Pour half of the sauce over the egg, and sprinkle half of the cheese on top. Repeat these layers. Cover the bake dish and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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      Sara2901 4 years ago

      Beef and broccoli stir fry is a favorite at my house

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I steamed some fresh broccoli to go with our dinner this afternoon. It was fresh, smelled so wonderful, and tasted fabulously delicious!

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      Hope 5 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      You've made me hungry - broccoli's my favorite!

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      Hope 5 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      You've made me hungry - broccoli's my favorite!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      A lot of people don't eat it...I love it. Reminded me of Dana Carvey.."Choppin' Broccoli"...hahahaHappy St. Patrick's Day Green-a-thon and....blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      limited279 5 years ago

      I had this great stack able bamboo steamer....broccoli at the bottom right!!!!

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      Ellen de Casmaker 5 years ago from Powell RIver BC

      Brocolli is one of my favorite veggies. So good for you - lots of antioxidents. These recipes look great

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      SalmonRecipes 5 years ago

      this is nice lens.

      Like it. I hope you guys will like these salmon recipes too.

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      I love broccoli. Great info. Nice Lens!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I love broccoli in fact I love most veggies. It's good raw with dips, steamed with a hot meal, or in soups and casseroles or a stir fry. Ever versatile vegetable :)

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      Steven Cousley 5 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

      Thank you for this. Now I can convince my family broccoli isn't boring.

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Yummy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Broccoli is my favorite vegetable too probably because its just so good for health and because of its distinct taste.I recently made a lens on How To Cook Broccoli so thought to share and lastly i really like your lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You'll have everyone eating their broccoli with these amazing recipes. Both are very unique and new to me. The hard cooked egg slices came as a surprise...a nice surprise!

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      rosytaylor 6 years ago

      Hi! This is an amazing and Awesome lens and very informative too. Nicely done, Keep up your great work!

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      Jessi 6 years ago from United States

      Yay for broccoli!

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      Mistalina 6 years ago

      I love broccoli! Thank you for the great lens!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      No Joke, Angel Blessings! Happy April Fools Day!

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      No Joke, Angel Blessings! Happy April Fools Day!

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      Ilona E 6 years ago from Ohio

      Oh I love these recipes! You've done an extra fine job on this lens.

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      Melissa 6 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      I actually crave broccoli and I get tired of steaming it. Thanks for the recipes.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      We love broccoli...plain, with butter or cheese. Thanks for sharing your tasty broccoli recipe. Lensrolling to green veggies! :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love steamed broccoli with butter but I can't wait to try your Creamy Broccoli Casserole. It looks wonderful!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Oh, these recipes are fabulous! I usually just steam broccoli, put a little butter on it and serve it. I believe my family will love these ideas.

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      TheyCallMeVarmit 7 years ago

      Broccoli is one of my fave veggies. Nice recipes here. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just love broccoli, but sadly haven't had much this summer, the fruit and veggies here were absolutely terrible this year, and can only hope next year is better, one of the disadvantages of living here, we don't get the high quality selection as the big cities. Your Warm Broccoli Side Dish recipe looks very yummy and will definitely try that one! - Kathy

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      OMG, we had broccoli last night for dinner along with my fabulous meatloaf recipe and new potatoes with onions pan fried with olive oil. LOVE broccoli! I'll take it anyway you want to give it to me.

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      I have trouble eating broccoli by itself, but these broccoli recipes sound good (and I'm sure they'd make it much easier for me to eat!).

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Lots of good ideas for using broccoli here, as well as good reasons to use it. I'm going to use this with my discovery tool for my Stove-top Broccoli and Sausage Pasta.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Broccoli is so healthy, and it's great to have new ideas for cooking it. Both of these easy recipes look delicious too! I've never tried it raw. Really informative lens.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      Yummy, Love broccoli!! Lensrolling...

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A bit of a change from your usual techie (and so helpful techie too) contributions. Curiously, I'm just steaming some broccoli right now for my lunch

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group. Don’t forget to come back and add your lens to the link list so that it will appear on the group page!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Wonderful! Something new to do with the broccoli. thanks!

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      Debbie 8 years ago from England

      I like broccoli too and there's some great recipes here that I've never heard of. I must some of these! Lensrolled to 'Cauliflower Cheese' 5*****

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      jwooten80 8 years ago

      I love steamed broccoli, but I have never thought about putting a clove of garlic in the steamer too. Does it flavor the broccoli well? I am definitely favoriting this lens because I love to cook, and am always looking for recipes for green veggies! Five stars too!

      Oh, and thanks so much for visitng my lens about my kitties, and for leaving a comment!

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      I love broccoli, raw or cooked, it's great either way! I never could understand why some people dislike it so much, perhaps we could get some of them to change their minds if they tried a few of these great recipes!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Delicious & blessed! Be sure to add your nutritious and delicious lens to the Culinary Favorites From A to Z group!

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      Barkely 8 years ago

      Yum! I might have to try the creamy broccoli casserole:-) Thumbs up!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      yummy! I love broccoli, especially casseroles! gotta try yours! Blessed by an angel!

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      Jomay 8 years ago

      Yum - I love brocolli and love the look of your recipes :)

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I love broccoli, and it's so good for us. I recommend getting a good steamer because it helps to retain the nutrients. Blessed. :-)