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, there’s something for everyone in this list. What are your favorite ways to eat brocolli? Let us know in the comments below.
And now, our best broccoli recipes!
Here's the best broccoli recipe: this quick broccoli with feta cheese! You'll steam the broccoli until it's bright green and crisp tender, then mix with olive oil, salt, and red onion slivers. Add a sprinkling of feta cheese to put it over the top! It takes only 10 minutes to make and it's a crowd pleaser. (Got an Instant Pot? Use Instant Pot Broccoli instead.)
Here's our favorite broccoli main dish recipe: this cheesy roasted broccoli casserole! Instead of the broccoli casseroles of the 1950's, this one has a modern spin. It stars whole grain millet, a stand-in for rice that gives a fluffy texture. Then it's got a savory cheese sauce flavored with thyme, and charred roasted broccoli bits throughout. It's always a hit with everyone around the table!
The perfect pairing? Broccoli cheese sauce and a baked sweet potato! The creamy, savory sauce is a fantastic match for the lightly sweet potato. The sauce has a healthy spin, made creamy by a little bit of cheese and a bit of white beans whizzed together in a food processor. White beans bring lots of creaminess and plant based protein to this tasty main course.
Another great broccoli side dish recipe: this roasted broccoli! Roasting broccoli makes the edges char and the tops become crispy: it's like a different vegetable all together! Baking with garlic gives it a savory undertone.
Broccoli is perfectly suited for a stir fry recipe! This one is a fan favorite, featuring our homemade 5-minute teriyaki sauce and a load of colorful veggies. It's paired with tempeh, a tasty soy-based protein with a firm texture and nutty flavor. Add white or brown rice (in the Instant Pot or stovetop) and you've got an easy weeknight meal.
This broccoli pizza recipe is a quick way to dinner, using naan bread as a pizza crust! The toppings are fresh and satisfying: spread the crust with hummus instead of cheese, and top with sauteed broccoli and kale. Then top with a tahini miso drizzle for big flavor! It's easy to make and 100% plant based, too.
Here's a broccoli recipe that's perfect for grilling season! This one features grilled peppers, onions and broccoli. The grilled peppers are blended into a smoky red romesco sauce that's poured over the pasta and veggies. Then it's topped with feta cheese for a satisfying pasta that's entirely grilled!
Continuing the green theme, here's a broccoli recipe that's a bowl full of health! It features quinoa and sauteed broccoli that are topped with a zingy lemon yogurt sauce. If you'd like, you can use broccolini for beautiful long-stemmed look. Add crunchy pepitas and it's tasty bowl meal dinner!
Last but certainly not least in our broccoli recipes, these hummus and veggie roll ups are the perfect way to use extra broccoli you have on hand. Spread a wrap with hummus, then add raw veggies and roll them up! Secure with a toothpick and it's a great snack for kids or a party appetizer.
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
More delicious vegetable recipes
And there’s not just broccoli: there are so many tasty vegetable recipes for getting more vegetables on your plate. Here are our top favorites:
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Lemony Steamed Green Beans
- Best Brussels Sprouts Recipe
- Crispy Breaded Cauliflower
- Best Vegetable Side Dishes
- 25+ Favorite Side Dish Recipes
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.