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How to Blanch Broccoli

How to Blanch Broccoli

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Here’s how to blanch broccoli perfectly! Use it as a quick side dish, for salads or veggie trays, or to prep for freezing.


  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli (2 large heads), cut into florets
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  2. Add the broccoli to the boiling water and cook for 2 ½ to 3 minutes, until bright green and crisp tender, taste testing often (basically, don’t leave the pot!). Right when the broccoli is tender, remove them from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and transfer them to the bowl of ice water.
  3. After 2 minutes, remove the broccoli to a colander to drain. If serving immediately, season with the salt. To freeze, place the florets on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze for 2 hours, then transfer to a sealed container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Blanched
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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