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!

How to Cook Broccoli

Things You'll Need

  • Chef'S Knives

  • Vegetable Steamers

  • Cooking Pots

  • Plastic Food Containers

  • Cutting Boards

  • Sauté Pans

  • Broccoli

  • Woks

Step 1

How to Cook Broccoli

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

Step 2

How to Cook Broccoli

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

Step 3

How to Cook Broccoli

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

Step 4

How to Cook Broccoli

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

Step 5

How to Cook Broccoli

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

Step 6

How to Cook Broccoli

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

Step 7

How to Cook Broccoli

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


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