how long to boil broccoli?- Broccoli that has been boiled comes out perfectly crisp, tender, and bright green! It’s a healthy and easy side dish if you spritz it with lemon and drizzle it with olive oil. Broccoli is one vegetable that is always a winner in our house. It vanishes quickly no matter how it’s prepared! (With roasted broccoli, it’s probably the quickest because it has the addictive power of french fries.) Alex and I were looking for a new broccoli method, and guess what? You can also boil it. After only 2 minutes in hot water, boiled broccoli is perfectly bright green and crisp tender. Here’s how to make it exactly! What are our favorite ways to prepare broccoli? Broccoli, Roasted Broccoli, Steamed Broccoli, and Sautéed Broccoli
how long to boil broccoli?
This is one of the simplest ways to cook broccoli ever! Why? There is no technique involved. The only thing to keep in mind is that it is critical.
Avoid overcooking the broccoli! Even a minute longer in that boiling water will turn it into yellow-ish brown mush. Here’s how to do it:
- Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil. This is the most time-consuming part of the recipe!
- Cut the broccoli into pieces. Chop the broccoli into medium-sized florets, leaving the stems as long as possible.
- Bring the broccoli to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes! Once the broccoli is crisp tender, taste it and stop cooking right away. It cooks quickly, so don’t leave the stove!
- Drain and combine flavors in a mixing bowl. Drain in a colander, then add olive oil, lemon juice, and kosher salt to taste. Give it a try! Yes, that is ideal boiled broccoli.
What is blanching? Is this blanched broccoli?
Almost! Blanching is a cooking technique that involves boiling vegetables until they are crisp tender, then immersing them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Because there is no ice water in this recipe, it is not technically blanching. The purpose of the ice water is to keep the vegetables as colorful as possible, and you’ll notice that this recipe is still beautifully bright green. To all intents and purposes, this is also blanched broccoli. (Although not technically…!)
The best way to chop broccoli
One last tip for boiled broccoli: how you chop it is important! The best way to cut it is to keep the stems as long as possible: this creates the most appealing appearance on the plate. If you cut the stems short and stubby, you’ll get tiny florets that make a mess on the plate and don’t look particularly appetizing. Here’s how to chop broccoli for the best presentation:
- Maintain the stems for as long as possible! When chopping the floret, cut it at the base of the floret’s attachment to the main stem. This results in the best shape.
- Create medium-sized florets that are as similar in size as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but keeping the florets all the same size allows them to cook at the same rate.
More ways to season boiled broccoli
The seasonings are the key to great-tasting boiled broccoli! First and foremost, season it to taste, following the recipe below as a guide. If you’re looking for some flavor enhancers, here are a few suggestions:
- Crumbles of feta or goat cheese
- Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, shredded
- A couple of shakes of rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame seeds
- Toasted almond slivers or toasted pine nuts
- fresh ginger or grated garlic
- Dried herbs and panko
How To Choose Broccoli At The Grocery Store?
three crowns of broccoli
One of the most important steps in this recipe is to find fresh broccoli at the grocery store because you don’t want old and soggy greens. Use these tips to find the best broccoli:
- Look for broccoli with tightly packed florets and firm stalks. Check the bottom of the stalks to see if it is hard and firm–this indicates that it is fresher. You don’t want stalks that are soft or squishy.
- Examine the color of the broccoli from florets to stem; it should be dark greenish purple with no yellowing or browning.
- Once you’ve brought broccoli home, store it in the fridge unbagged or in an open, unwashed bag. This should keep for about 5-7 days before going bad.
HOW LONG SHOULD BROCCOLI BE BOILED?
To get a slight al dente texture, I boil broccoli for about 3-5 minutes. You can test the doneness of the broccoli by piercing it with a fork. More on that later.
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE BROCCOLI IS FINISHED BOILING?
Poke the broccoli with a fork to see if it is done boiling. It’s done if it goes through with a little resistance. To test if the broccoli is done, I prefer to use a fork rather than a knife because knives are so sharp that they can easily pierce the broccoli, giving you a false sense of doneness.
After boiling, rinse the broccoli under cold running water to stop the cooking process and keep the broccoli crisp.
pricking broccoli with a fork SHOULD YOU COOK BROCCOLI UNCOVERED? I prefer to cook broccoli uncovered. This will keep the water from overheating.
BROCCOLI BLANCHING INSTRUCTIONS
Blanching is similar to boiling, except that you boil the broccoli for a slightly shorter period of time and then shock it with ice water. I recommend blanching broccoli for 2-3 minutes and then cooling it in an ice bath.
Blanched broccoli will have a slightly crunchier texture. Blanching broccoli also helps it retain its bright green color. If you’ve ever overcooked broccoli, you’ve probably noticed that it turns a dull green color.
You may blanch broccoli if you prefer a crunchy texture or if you intend to freeze it.
HOW LONG SHOULD FROZEN BROCCOLI BE BOILED?
When it comes to frozen broccoli, it can be boiled in 3-5 minutes, just like regular broccoli. Use the fork test after 3 minutes and check it frequently until it’s done.
You should be aware that boiled frozen broccoli is soggier than fresh broccoli, so unless you’re mixing it into another dish and don’t mind the texture, you may not want to boil it. Instead of eating it plain, try sautéing it!
Once your broccoli is cooked, season with lemon juice or your favorite seasoning and serve!
HOW TO GET BROCCOLI READY FOR BOILING
broccoli stem removal
I like to cut my broccoli into bite-sized pieces before cooking it. To begin, cut about 12 inch from the bottom stem to remove any woody parts. Then, cut right where the florets start on the stem.
Save the stems; they’re just as tasty! Remove any extra woody skin by cutting these into even pieces and peeling the skin. You can cook these alongside the broccoli later on.
broccoli florets should be trimmed
I separate the florets by splitting them from the bottom (the stem side) as evenly as possible so they all cook at the same rate. I’ll cut them in half if they’re thicker than the average floret.
TIPS FOR WASHING AND PREP
broccoli soaking in water, I like to cut my broccoli before washing it so that I can get into every nook and cranny. When the florets are too close together, washing before cutting will leave excess dirt behind.
To remove as much dirt as possible from the broccoli, I rinse it under running water and then soak it in water for 5 minutes to ensure that I reach all of the small spaces in between the florets. If you have a salad spinner, this is an excellent way to soak the broccoli. You can also strain the liquid through a strainer over a large bowl.
How Long Should Broccoli Be Boiling?
This is determined by a number of factors….
After 10-15 minutes, a WHOLE HEAD of Broccoli will be fork tender.
Broccoli Florets will be ready in 5-10 minutes.
Florets will be ready in approximately 5 minutes.
Is it possible to boil a WHOLE HEAD OF BROCCOLI?
Remove the green parts of the stalk as well as the largest part of the stalk.
Place in a large stockpot of boiling water with enough water to cover.
Boil for about 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are completely tender with a fork.
Is it true that boiled broccoli loses nutrients?
Any boiled vegetable can lose nutrients if it is overcooked! Boil broccoli for only as long as it takes to become tender, then remove it from the hot water. If necessary, immerse it in cool water to stop the cooking.