As well as being rich in vitamin C, folic acid and fiber, broccoli is also easy to cook and can be a very nutritious additional ingredient to any meal. Regardless of whether you want to steam, sauté, brown or blanch them, broccoli tastes good and goes with a variety of meats and vegetables. If you want to know how to cook broccoli, follow these steps.
- Preparation time (steam): 15 minutes.
- Cooking time: three to five minutes.
- Total time: 20 minutes.
Method 1 of 5: Steamed Fresh Broccoli
Step 1. Clean the broccoli
If you bought your broccoli at a local store, the simple act of drying it will be enough. If you grow your own broccoli or buy it from a natural source, soak it in salt water for 10 minutes before drying it.
Home-grown broccoli are susceptible to leaf worms, a common pest. As larvae, these worms look like 2.5 cm green earthworms. Although they are harmless, they can kill your appetite. Most larvae die in salt water. The worms will float to the surface of the water, where you can collect them and get rid of them
Step 2. Remove the trunk from the main stem
This is the thickest part of broccoli. The stalk is completely edible, but the tip is a little harder and not as tasty. You can eat the stem or discard part of it.
Step 3. Cut the branches
Cut pieces of each branch, or a small branch of the broccoli, until dividing them into several smaller pieces. If you're not a fan of the stems, cut them just below the top; if you want longer broccoli, produce cuts close to the main stem.
Step 4. Place a steamer basket in a pan
Fill the pan 5 cm with water, insert the basket, cover and place on the stove at medium temperature. Bring the water to a boil.
Step 5. Place the broccoli in the basket
Remove the lid from the pot and place the broccoli sprigs in the basket. Then cover the pan again.
Step 6. Steam the broccoli
Allow them to steam for three to five minutes, depending on how much is in the pan.
Step 7. Remove from heat
Remove the pot from the stove and remove the lid immediately. Otherwise, the broccoli will continue to cook and may become soggy quickly.
Step 8. Serve
You can serve the broccoli unattended; with sauces or seasonings; or you can incorporate them into other recipes.
Method 2 of 5: Cook frozen broccoli
Step 1. Open the broccoli package
Just cut or tear off the top of the package to remove the vegetables. It may be easier to cut the package.
Step 2. Cook the broccoli on a stove
Place the desired portion in a pan with 5 or 7, 5 centimeters of water. Heat it at medium temperature until the water starts to boil. Immediately remove pan from stove.
In the microwave, cook them for 1-3 minutes, depending on the power of the appliance and the amount of broccoli used. Broccoli should be cooked Al Dente. If they are partially frozen, cook them at 30-second intervals until done. Place them in a container with 2.5 centimeters of water
Step 3. Strain and serve
After straining the broccoli, you can serve it with or without seasoning, or incorporate it into other recipes..
Method 3 of 5: Stir-fried Broccoli
Step 1. Thoroughly dry the broccoli
You should wash them right at the beginning of the preparation. Commercially purchased broccoli does not need to be washed for this method.
Step 2. Separate the branches from the broccoli stems
Cut the branches, the most leafy parts of the broccoli, from the stem. The stem is completely edible. Cut or scrape any leaves and wash off any dirt that appears on it.
Step 3. Fill a skillet with 10 ml of vegetable oil and cook it over medium-high temperatureCook for at least 30 seconds to heat it up.
Step 4. Add the broccoli sprigs to the oil
Toss a pinch of salt along.
Step 5. Saute the broccoli
This will cover them with oil.
Step 6. Add stems one minute later
Stems will cook faster, so they should be added a little later.
Step 7. Stir the broccoli until it is green and tender
It will mean they are ready.
Step 8. Serve
Serve the broccoli with or without other sautéed vegetables.
Method 4 of 5: Roasted Broccoli
Step 1. Preheat your oven to a temperature of 218 °C
Step 2. Keep the broccoli dry
If they're damp, they can end up a little soggy.
Step 3. Separate the branches from the broccoli stems
Separate the branches, the leafy parts of the broccoli, the stems. The stalks are completely edible: just trim or cut any leaves and wash off any dirt. The tip of the stem can be cut off. She's a little tougher and less hot.
Step 4. Saute the broccoli with 3 teaspoons of olive oil and half a teaspoon of salt
Step 5. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil
Place them on a layer of aluminum foil.
Step 6. Toast them for 20-25 minutes
Toast until they are crispy and caramelized.
Step 7. Serve
Serve these roasted vegetables without side dishes or with a wedge of lemon.
Method 5 of 5: Poached Broccoli
Step 1. Separate the branches from the broccoli stems
Separate the branches, the leafy parts of the broccoli, the stems. Stems are completely edible. Just trim or cut any leaves and remove any dirt. The tip of the stem can be cut off. She's a little tougher and less hot.
Step 2. Place a bowl of ice water near a stove
Step 3. Boil hot water in a large pot
Step 4. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the water
Step 5. Add the broccoli sprigs to the water
Cook them until they are tender and crispy, which should take 1 minute to 1 and a half minutes.
Step 6. Remove the broccoli with a spoon
Step 7. Put them in ice water immediately
Step 8. Wait for the water to come back to a boil
Cook them until they are soft and crispy. This should take between 1 – 1.5 minutes. Cook them for another 30 seconds if you prefer something milder. Put them in ice water when finished.
Step 9. Serve
Enjoy the scalded broccoli in a vegetable salad, cold salad, frittata, or stew.