To Cook Broccoli
Set a pot filled about ⅛th with water over high heat. Place your broccoli florets into the basket and close the lid. Carefully place over the pot of boiling water and steam for 4 minutes. Serve with soy sauce and chilli oil, add last minute to stir-fry or simply season with salt and pepper. You could also chill the broccoli down in an ice bath if you want to use it later, the following day or in other cold dishes. Just remember to dry well on a kitchen towel before storing in the fridge.
Prepare a bowl of water with ice. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and salt the water. 1.5% of saltwater is always good. Boil the florets for 1,5 minutes and with a slotted spoon remove and place into the ice water. When the broccoli has cooled down remove from the ice bath and dry it on a kitchen towel. Add it to salads. Dip it in some hummus for a healthy snack. Or, simply drizzle with some olive oil and freshly ground black pepper, a touch of sea salt and enjoy.
Very much the easiest, cleanest and quickest way to cook broccoli. Place some broccoli florets in a microwave-safe dish. Pour 25g of water into the dish and cover with a plate, lid or microwave-safe cling wrap. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Carefully test it and cook on 30-second bursts if it needs more cooking. Drizzle with some olive oil, fresh black pepper and flakey sea salt. Alternatively, use it in warm salads or side dishes or add to stews or casseroles last minute.
Heat a frying pan and add a tablespoon of canola oil. Fry the broccoli on all sides until nicely caramelised. turn the heat down to medium and close the pan with a lid. Let the broccoli cook until it's "al dente" or cooked but still has a little crunch to it. When you are happy with the doneness, season with salt, pepper, olive oil and a touch of lemon juice. If you like garlic then crush a clove or two and add to the pan off the heat along with olive oil and seasoning. Serve as side dish or light dinner vegan dinner.
Roasted broccoli is a wonderful thing. Juicy and vibrant with some crispy roasted bits on the outside. Heat your oven to 250 degrees Celcius or 482 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare an oven sheet. Toss the broccoli florets in some olive oil and season with salt. Roast in the oven for about 10 minutes or until it's caramalised. Season with black pepper and some more olive oil.
Heat a fryer or pot of oil to 180 degrees Celcius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry in small batches until the broccoli has a bit of colour and crispiness. When done, drain on a paper towel to get rid of excess oil. Season with salt and pepper or a sprinkling of homemade dukkah mix. Serve with aioli or lemon mayonnaise. You could also make a quick tempura batter and make broccoli tempura.
Air frying is very much the same oven roasting. Turn your air fryer up to hight. Toss the broccoli in some olive oil and season with salt only. Air fry till nice and golden brown. Season with freshly cracked black pepper and serve as a side dish or as part of a meal with crispy roasted salmon fillet or juicy oven-roasted chicken breast for a simple light lunch or dinner.
My favourite way to cook broccoli. Wash and quarter the broccoli. Remove the bottom part of the stem as it's too hard to eat. Steam or blanch partially for 2 minutes. Drizzle with some olive oil and season with salt. Cook on a hot grill or barbecue and turn often giving it a nice charred.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to store fresh broccoli? Like most other green vegetables make sure you wash it under cold water and dry off any excess water before storing in your fridges crisper drawer or zip lock bag. How to cook frozen broccoli? When frozen broccoli gets defrosted it leaks a lot of water. Before frying or grilling make sure it's dried well on a kitchen or tea towel. Can I freeze broccoli? Broccoli is best fresh but if you want you could freeze it in airtight sealed containers until needed. How many calories in broccoli? 100 grams of broccoli contains 34 calories. How to cook broccolini? Because we are dealing with mini broccoli cooking times will be less and the vegetable will cook much quicker. Broccolini is best briefly steamed and then quickly pan-fried.