Here’s how to freeze broccoli! This quick trick preserves this fresh vegetable until you’re ready to use it.

How to freeze broccoli

Got extra broccoli and not sure how to use it up? Here’s a great way to extend the life: pop it in the freezer! This quick trick preserves broccoli perfectly, making it quick and easy to throw into a skillet to sauté as a side dish, or throw into stir fries, soups and more. We use this method often for leftovers in our produce drawer: especially if we’re heading out of town before we have a chance to use it. Here’s how to freeze broccoli, and a few great ways to use it in recipes after it’s frozen.

How to freeze broccoli

The first step to how to freeze broccoli? BlanchingBlanching is boiling vegetables until they’re crisp tender, then plunging them into cold or ice water to stop the cooking process. Is it really necessary? Yes! Blanching helps to keep vegetables colorful over time by locking in a beautifully bright color, and makes them last longer by stopping the natural enzyme activity that deteriorates their texture, color, and flavor.

Here’s how to freeze broccoli:

  1. Cut the broccoli into florets.
  2. Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the broccoli and boil for 1 minute. 
  3. Rinse the florets under cold water until cool to the touch.
  4. Pat the broccoli dry and place it in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze in a single layer for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer to a sealable freezer-safe bag and freeze for 6 to 8 months.
How to freeze fresh broccoli

Ways to use frozen broccoli

Frozen broccoli works well in cooked recipes of all kinds. However, make sure to cook the broccoli slightly less than the recipe indicates for fresh broccoli, since the blanching and freezing process shortcuts a few minutes of cook time. Here are some broccoli recipes that work well with frozen broccoli:

How to freeze broccoli

More freezing methods

Want to freeze more fruits and vegetables? Here are a few more methods for preserving fresh food for months:

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How to freeze broccoli

How to Freeze Broccoli


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 1 hour 1 minutes
  • Yield: N/A

Ingredients

  • Fresh broccoli

Instructions

  1. Cut the broccoli into florets.
  2. Prepare a large pot of boiling water. Add the broccoli and boil for 2 minutes (blanching).
  3. Rinse the broccoli under cold water until cool to the touch.
  4. Pat the florets dry. Place them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze in a single layer for 1 hour.
  5. Transfer to a sealable freezer-safe bag and freeze for 6 to 8 months.
  • Category: Frozen
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to freeze broccoli, how to freeze fresh broccoli

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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