How to Cook Broccoli

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How to Cook Broccoli

Although it seems at first glance not really a recipe, but I was asked so many times what I do with broccoli, that I said to make a recipe with detailed instructions. I cook broccoli very often, especially in its normal season, it is Sofia's favorite, she prefers it to all vegetables, namely in this form as you can see in the picture. Less often he asks me to put a little yogurt next to it, as a sauce. It is very natural, a little crunchy, of an intense and appetizing green, with a very good taste, not that of shredded cabbage.

You can eat it ready boiled, as a healthy garnish or combine in various salads, or au gratin in the oven, similar to Cauliflower Gratin.

You can also make frozen broccoli, but at that time the cooking time is much shorter, you see in steps.


500 g
2 l
1 tsp

Step by step


Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.


During this time we wash and prepare the broccoli.

Cut it directly under the flowers, so that the bouquets are small.


That's how I cut all the bouquets on the broccoli stalk.

What is left you can use to make a cream soup, etc.


When the water boils intensely, with bubbles, add salt.


Notice that it will make a kind of active foam that disappears in 2-3 seconds.

This is done to get oxygen out of the water, vegetables boiling in this water will keep their vitamins better when boiled.

I saw the method explained once on TV and it seemed quite logical, now I use it when I cook vegetables like this, for garnish.


Put broccoli in water and simmer until it starts to boil.


When it starts to boil, make a low heat and leave it for 2-3 minutes.

Frozen broccoli boils for only 1 minute, because it is already preferred.


Until it boils, prepare a pan or large bowl with cold water and a sieve or foamer.


After the indicated time, remove the vegetables from the water with a foamer or spoon.


Put them immediately in the bowl with cold water and leave there for 5-10 minutes. This is done to quickly stop the cooking process and the vegetables to remain crispy and tasty.

If you have more vegetables and a little cold water, change it 2-3 times, or put ice in it to cool the vegetables quickly.


Then take them out in a sieve and let them drain well until serving.

Notice that the broccoli will have an intense bright green color, firm and crunchy structure, it tastes very good, not scrambled cabbage.


This way of serving is our favorite, simple, dietary and tasty.

But you can au gratin for extra taste and flavor.

Good appetite!

Quantity: 500 g (3-4 servings)
Prep time: 15 min
Difficulty: easy
Ready in: 10 min
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