Best Cooking Time - Techniques - Methods - Flavors

Broccoli Recipes & How Long to Cook Broccoli


Broccoli is part of the Cabbage Family. It is available year round and is easy to incorporate into menus.

Broccoli can usually be used interchangeably with cauliflower.

Broccoli Cooking Method

Cook until desired tenderness or until the thickest part pierces easily with thin knife

Boil place in boiling water - boil 5 min. after water returns to a boil.
Braise 500 degrees 15 minutes, or stovetop half oil half water with flavoring 10 - 15 min. stir occasionally - reduce to glaze
Steam 5 - 10 min.
Stir Fry or Saute small pieces 1/8 in. thick 5 minutes
Deep Fry (tempura) 360F florets 2- 3 min. - till lightly browned

4 oz. 1 1/2 min.
8 oz. 3 min.
1lb. 6 min.

Pressure Cook

florets 2 min.
stalks 5 - 6 min
thin stalks 1/4 in. 3 -4 min.

Cooking times for Broccoli

Test for Doneness: Most of the time doneness for broccoli can be judged by inserting a thin knife into the thickest part; when it pierces easily it is done. But a better test is to taste it during cooking. When it is close to the texture you want it is done. Remember that there will be carry-over cooking so if you will not be serving it immediately stop the cooking in ice water and quickly re-heat when you are ready to serve.



Broccoli is commonly used in Asian and Italian recipes.


Flavors That Go

Common ingredients used in broccoli recipes include:

garlic cloves
olive oil
onion especially red onion
soy sauce
lemon juice
chicken broth
dry white wine
grated Parmesan cheese
red pepper flakes
cauliflower florets
dried oregano
balsamic vinegar
minced ginger
orange juice

Classic Broccoli Recipes:

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Soup
Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Souffle
Broccoli Puree




Broccoli Tips And Techniques

Broccoli has thick stalks and thin florets so the stalks take longer to cook than the florets. To help overcome this problem peel the stalks and cut them into thin rounds sometimes called coins. Another technique is to use a steamer basket when cooking broccoli and place the stalks in the boiling water and the florets in the streamer basket.


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