How to Cut Broccoli

Here’s how to cut broccoli: the right way! This method results in the best-looking florets with long stems and an elegant shape.

How to cut broccoli

Wondering how to cut broccoli but not sure the best way? We’ve got you. Broccoli seems deceptively simple to cut, but we’ve got a trick to making it look its best. Leave the stems long! Yes, long-stemmed broccoli florets have the best looking shape that’s perfect for roasted broccoli and broccoli stir fry. Here’s just what to do once you get a hold of a head of broccoli!

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How to cut broccoli step by step

Step 1: Slice off the floret stems where they meet the base.

Broccoli florets

Here’s the key to the most beautiful broccoli florets: keeping the stems long! Take a chef’s knife and cut off the broccoli floret right where its stem meets the larger stalk. If you cut off the florets right where they attach, it results in stubby looking florets. Keeping the stem long makes the most beautiful broccoli shape!

Caveat: The only caveat is if you’re cutting very small broccoli pieces like for broccoli soup, or if you’d like to have less of a stem for a veggie tray. In that case, you can cut the stem shorter.

Step 2: Slice very large florets in half.

Cut large florets in half

Cut the base of the stem of any large florets in half, then pull the floret apart with your fingers. Try to make the florets as similar in size as possible, which results in the most even cooking (it doesn’t have to be perfect!).

Step 3: Cut the stalk, if you’d like.

Cut the broccoli stalk

You can eat the stalk too! Slice of the irregular outer skin on all 4 sides to make a large rectangle. Then you can cut that into long matchsticks. You can dip them into ranch dip just like you would the florets, or use them in stir fries.

How to cut broccoli

And that’s it! How to cut broccoli into perfect florets, and how to cut the stalk too!

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How to cut broccoli

How to Cut Broccoli


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups broccoli florets 1x

Description

Here’s how to cut broccoli: the right way! This method results in the best-looking florets with long stems and an elegant shape.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli (3 large heads)

Instructions

  1. Using a large chef’s knife, cut off the broccoli floret right where its stem meets the larger stalk. This leaves the stem long (instead of making stubby florets). See the photos above. Caveat: If you’re cutting very small broccoli pieces like for broccoli soup or if you’d like less of a stem for a veggie tray, you can cut the stem shorter. 
  2. Separate any very large florets: cut the base of the stem of any large florets in half, then pull the floret apart with your fingers. Try to make the florets as similar in size as possible, which results in the most even cooking (it doesn’t have to be perfect!).
  3. If you’d like, you can eat the stalk too! Slice of the irregular outer skin on all 4 sides to make a large rectangle. Then cut the rectangle into long matchsticks. 

  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut broccoli

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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