2 Roasted Broccoli Recipes – How To Cook Fresh Broccoli

Get acquainted with various easy-to-make, healthy and delectable broccoli dishes! Below is how to cook broccoli – you will find 2 yummy roasted broccoli recipes, a Sauteed broccoli recipe, a boiled broccoli recipe, and a steamed recipe!

1. How To Cook Broccoli & FAQs

   How To Clean Broccoli

Prepare a large bowl, make sure it is large enough to contain broccoli. Put the brine mixture in the bowl, then hold the stem of the broccoli upside down and dip the cauliflower into the water. Rotate the broccoli around the bowl a few times then soak it for 15 minutes.

This method takes longer but it will make your broccoli cleaner and not splashing like the method of cleaning broccoli by rinsing it under the tap.

   How to Cut Broccoli

After the broccoli is washed we turn to learn how to cut broccoli properly.

Start by trimming off the stem/stock. As the stalk/step is edible thereby you can slice and use them in your recipes. Next, cut the broccoli florets at the stem end and separate them. Once the whole fresh broccoli is washed and prepped, you can boil, steam, sauté, roast, or microwave them for a delicious dish. 

2. How To Cook Broccoli in the Oven

 2.1. Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Recipe


  • 1 broccoli crown
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves (unpeeled & smashed)
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper powder (to taste)

    How long to roast broccoli with garlic?

It takes 20 minutes to roast broccoli with garlic. Prepping requires about 10 minutes!


Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 400°F.

Step 2: Line a large-sized shallow baking tray with aluminum sheet.

Step 3: Chop up the broccoli from the stem end to divide the florets into bite-sized flat pieces. (*This helps make the broccoli have crispier roasted texture).

Step 4: Transfer the broccoli florets into the lined baking tray. Smash the unpeeled garlic cloves and put them in the tray as well.

Step 5: Drizzle the olive oil, and sprinkle salt & pepper seasoning! Mix with your hands so that the broccoli florets are well coated with the oil and seasoning.

Step 6: Spread out the florets all over the tray so that they are in one layer. (*Not overlapping the florets, and leaving some space between each floret helps get crispy edges)

Step 7: Put the baking tray in the oven and let the broccoli florets roast for 20 minutes. At 10 minutes interval, take the tray out of the oven, stir the florets and put them back to finish roasting.

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

Your crisp roasted broccoli with garlic is ready! Enjoy as a snack or side for a yummy veggie treat!

  2.2. Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan Recipe

    Things you’ll need

  • 1.5 lb broccoli head (slice stalk in 0.25 inches thick pieces, & cut florets into 1.5 inches length)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black/white pepper powder (to taste)
  • 2.5 teaspoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1.5 teaspoons of finely minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons of Parmesan (grated)

    How long to roast Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan?

It takes 30 minutes to roast Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan!


Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 400°F.

Step 2: Transfer the broccoli florets and sliced stalk into the tray. Pour the olive oil (2 Tbsp) and sprinkle salt and pepper. Mix it up nicely.

Step 3: Put the tray in the preheated oven. Roast for 30 minutes. At 15 minutes interval, flip the florets and stalks and continue roasting. Once the broccoli florets & stalks are soft and slightly browned, transfer to a serving bowl.

Step 4: To make the dressing, mix the freshly squeezed lemon juice with minced onion, olive oil (2 Tbsp), salt and pepper. Drizzle the dressing all over the roasted broccoli florets and stalk.

Step 5: Shower the grated parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

So, out of the 2 roasted broccoli recipes, which one is your favorite? Try them for a healthy side dish or appetizer.

3. Sauteed Broccoli Recipe – How to Cook Broccoli in a Pan

Things you’ll need

  • 1 large-sized broccoli
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or equal amount of butter)
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled & sliced thinly)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoon shriveled almonds (toasted) (for garnishing)

How long to Sauteed Broccoli?

It takes 8-10 minutes to cook sautéed Broccoli!


Step 1: Prepare the broccoli by cutting the florets and slicing the stalk.

Step 2: Bring a pot of water to boil. Cook the broccoli florets for 2 minutes in the boiling water and transfer to a dish. Next, parboil the sliced stalks in the same pot of boiling water for 2 minutes and remove to another dish.

Step 3: Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.

Step 4: Add the garlic slices along with the parboiled stalks. Reduce the heat to medium. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the stalks turn brownish and the garlic looks golden.

Step 5: Now, add the parboiled broccoli florets. Cover and cook for a minute. Then uncover the lid and sauté for 1-2 minutes till the florets are soft and have a crisp exterior.

Step 6: Turn off the stove. Season with salt and pepper. Mix and take out into a serving bowl. Serve garnished with toasted shriveled almonds! 

4. How to Cook Broccoli on the Stove – Boil Broccoli Recipe

Things you’ll need

  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

How Long To Cook Broccoli on the Stove?

It takes 5-10 minutes to boil broccoli.

Cooking Process

Step 1: Fill a pot with 60% of water. Place it on the stove over high heat, add some salt, and bring the water to a boil.

Step 2: While the water is boiling prep the broccoli by chopping off the stem and dividing the broccoli florets. Rinse them and transfer to the salted boiling water.

Step 3: Boil the broccoli florets for 2-3 minutes uncovered. Once boiled, transfer to a colander to drain the water.

Step 4: Next, put the boiled broccoli florets in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt & pepper seasoning! Enjoy!

Tips: Besides the simple salt & pepper seasoning you can also make a yummy dressing to enjoy your boiled broccoli florets! Mix a tablespoon of olive oil/melted butter with a pinch of kosher salt, white/black pepper powder, and 1-2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice! Drizzle over the boiled broccoli florets.

5. How to Cook Broccoli in the Microwave – Steam Broccoli Recipe

Things you’ll need

  • 1 pound of fresh broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup of water
  • For the dressing– 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 teaspoons fresh dill, 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion, salt, and pepper seasoning. 

How Long To Cook Broccoli in the Microwave?

It takes 4 minutes to cook broccoli in the microwave.


Step 1: Put the broccoli florets in a microwave-safe dish and pour water.

Step 1: Cover the dish and put it in the microwave. Cook for 4 minutes on high.

Step 1: After taking out the dish, uncover cautious as it releases hot steam. You will notice the steamed broccoli florets have a tender & crisp texture.

Step 1: Now, make the dressing by whisking the olive oil with lemon juice, fresh dill, mustard seeds, chopped onion and a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing all over steamed broccoli florets and relish!

Tips: Instead of fresh dill you can also use 1 teaspoon of dried dill.

Isn’t it wonderful to know a handful of broccoli recipes! It makes it so much more convenient to include this super healthy vegetable into the daily meal in a delectable way for everyone to enjoy! I hope you will have successfully applied it – How to cook Broccoli that I mentioned above

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