Once a hated vegetable, broccoli has made a comeback! Here are the best tasty broccoli recipes to eat more of this healthy veggie.
Are you a broccoli fan? This healthy veggie hasn’t always been the most popular. But today, just like Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, it’s made a major comeback into fresh and healthy meals! Alex and I never hated this vegetable growing up, but we most certainly weren’t eating it in ways that lived up to its delicious potential.
Here we’ve collected our best broccoli recipes that are the top ways to eat this super nutritious vegetable! From our 10-minute side dish to a cheesy broccoli casserole or creamy soup, there’s something for everyone in this list. Ready to learn how to cook broccoli?
And now, our top broccoli recipes!
Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat! It’s a cruciferous vegetable (a what?). That simply means it’s part of a vegetable family that includes cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale. Here’s what’s great about broccoli:
- It’s a great source of fiber. 1 cup of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of fiber, or about 5 to 10% of your daily need. (Source)
- It’s also high in protein for a green vegetable. 1 cup has 3 grams protein. (Source) That’s a similar level to asparagus and potatoes.
- It’s very high in Vitamin C. 1/2 cup has 70% your daily value of Vitamin C! (Source)
Enough about broccoli. What is broccolini?
What’s broccolini? While it looks like baby broccoli, it’s actually not! Broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. The cross combines the long stems of Chinese broccoli with the florets of broccoli, and has a milder flavor than broccoli. Fun fact: Did you know broccolini was invented in 1993? While it sounds like an Italian ingredient with hundreds of years of history, it’s not even 20 years old. Look for it next to the broccoli in your local grocery store.
Don’t confuse broccolini with broccoli rabe! Broccoli rabe is a bitter green that’s more closely related to a turnip than broccoli.Print
The best broccoli recipe? This healthy side dish turns out bright green and crisp tender every time: serve with feta for extra wow.
- 1 1/2 pounds (2 large heads) broccoli
- 1/4 cup red onions, thinly sliced (or substitute green onion)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Chop the broccoli into florets.
- If using, thinly slice the onion. Place it in a bowl of water while you’re making the rest of the recipe, then drain. (This helps to reduce onion breath and remove some of the spicy bite. If you use green onion, skip this step!)
- Place 1 1/2 cups water into a saucepan or pot and bring it to a boil.
- Once boiling, add the broccoli in the steamer basket. Steam with the lid on 3 to 4 minutes until just tender (test with a fork). We like our broccoli on the crisp side: if you’d like it more tender, cook 1 minute more. Just be careful not to cook much longer or the color will immediately fade and it will be overcooked!
- Carefully remove the broccoli to a bowl. Toss with the olive oil, kosher salt, feta cheese (optional), and drained red onions. Top with freshly ground black pepper.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keywords: Broccoli Recipes, Broccoli Side Dish
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About the Authors
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 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.