How to Cook Broccoli

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How to Cook Broccoli. Broccoli is a versatile vegetable that's available year-round. You can boil it, steam it, sauté or stir-fry it. Here are a few suggestions--easy, convenient, and hassle-free--for how to enjoy this underrated veggie in various different ways. Bon appetit!

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting Boards
  • Broccoli
  • Plastic food containers
  • Woks
  • Vegetable Steamers
  • Chef's Knives
  • Cooking Pots
  • sauté pans
How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 1

Separate broccoli into stem and florets (see "Chop Broccoli" in the Related eHows).

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 2

Boil broccoli in salted water for 4 to 7 minutes, or until crisp-tender.

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 3

Steam broccoli in a steamer over boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes.

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 4

Microwave broccoli in a covered container, with a little water, for 3 to 5 minutes.

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 5

Sauté broccoli with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes for 5 minutes.

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 6

Stir-fry broccoli florets with garlic and ginger for 3 to 5 minutes. Try stir-fried broccoli with black bean sauce.

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 7

Serve broccoli with cheese sauce, lemon juice and butter or just a little salt.

How to Cook Broccoli
How to Cook Broccoli (Image: Pierce Media)

Tips & Warnings

  • Broccoli is done when it can be cut easily but the florets are still crisp.
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