15 Favorite Broccoli Recipes

Once a hated vegetable, broccoli has made a comeback! Here are the best tasty broccoli recipes to eat more of this healthy veggie.

Broccoli recipes

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 nutrition

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 cauliflowercabbageBrussels 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)
Broccolini

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. Try our Perfect Roasted Broccolini: it’s a quick way to make this unique vegetable taste incredible.

Don’t confuse broccolini with broccoli rabe! Broccoli rabe is a bitter green that’s more closely related to a turnip than broccoli.

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Fried broccoli

Easy Pan Fried Broccoli (& More Recipes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s our go-to pan fried broccoli to make on the regular! This basic method is ultra versatile and makes flavorful, crisp tender veggies.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, stem on (about 3 large heads or 6 heaping cups florets)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the broccoli into medium sized florets (leave a good amount of the stem for a nice shape; see the photo or How to Cut Broccoli).
  2. In small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup water with garlic powder, onion powder and mustard powder.
  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat it on medium high heat. Add broccoli and salt. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until starting to brown, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and add the water and spices. Cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes until fork tender, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional salt and black pepper as necessary. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: Broccoli Recipes, Broccoli Side Dish

More delicious vegetable recipes

Broccoli is one of the 20 best vegetables you can eat! And there are so many tasty vegetable recipes for getting more vegetables on your plate. Here are our top favorites:

Last updated: December 2020

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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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