How to cook broccoli?

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Broccoli is an unusual, tasty and healthy vegetable, loved by many.  You can buy it either raw or frozen at your local farm stand, grocery store all year around. If you want to have a tasty side dish of cooked broccoli, it will be useful to know how long does it take you to boil broccoli and what is the most nutritious way to cook broccoli.

How long does it take to cook broccoli?

Broccoli is one of those ingredients that takes so little time to prepare and at the same time is a great addition to your diet. Like cauliflower, it takes you only few steps to cook it both raw and frozen.  Let`s look at how long it takes to cook broccoli:

  • How long do you boil broccoli? It will take you 4-5 minutes to cook raw broccoli fully. Note the time when the water boils. Cooking time depends on the texture and flavor you prefer. More time broccoli stays in hot water, tender it becomes. Its vibrant green turns into olive color.
  • How long do you boil frozen broccoli? The time of boiling frozen broccoli in a pan is about 10-15 minutes.
  • How long do you blanch broccoli? As always, it depends on the texture of cooked broccoli you like. It can take you from 1.5 to 3 minutes to blanch broccoli properly.
  • How long do you cook broccoli in a rice cooker/multi-cooker? Steaming time for broccoli in a multicooker is 5 to 10 minutes (fully cooked).

Now, having the cooking time of broccoli clarified, let`s examine cooking process of broccoli in details in order to know how you can make delicious broccoli garnish at home.

How to cook broccoli in a pan fully?

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One of the easiest ways to cook broccoli is using a pan. Perhaps not surprisingly it is the most popular one. It is worth mentioning that the way you cook fresh broccoli and frozen stays the same. Here is the way you cook broccoli in a pan on the stove, just follow these simple guidelines:

  • If you have fresh broccoli, first you need to snap off any left leaves, then clean broccoli by rinsing it with water thoroughly, chop off the main stem from the head of broccoli, and finally cut florets into bite-sized pieces. The stalk of broccoli is edible; do not forget to slice it too.
  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil; add salt (half of a teaspoon for 1 liter of water). Note that the water in a pot should completely submerge broccoli.
  • Stalks cook longer then florets. Put them into boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Next, carefully add pieces of fresh florets or frozen broccoli (there is no need to thaw it in advance).
  • Boil broccoli up to 5 minutes with sliced stem. You can check whether broccoli is ready or not with your fork or knife. They should poke into broccoli easily. On the other hand, simply taste it (but be careful do not burn yourself).
  • As this is the way when we fully boil florets of broccoli, after draining them from water, just leave florets on the plate to steam dry.

How to blanch broccoli?

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There is one difference between blanching and cooking that will explain you why these two processes are not the same thing. Boiling means cooking some product fully in the boiling water, while blanching is cooking products partially by dipping them into boiling water for a short period. Therefore, process of blanching broccoli is almost the same as boiling fully but with several new steps.

  • Cut florets from the crown of fresh broccoli into small pieces (as we described earlier).
  • Prepare a bowl with cold water and ice; put it next to your stove.
  • Take a large pot with water and put it over high heat, add a teaspoon of salt (you need 1 teaspoon for 1 liter of water) and wait until water comes to a boil.
  • Put broccoli florets into boiling water and let them cook for 1.5 minutes (if you like softer vegetables leave them in the water for 3 minutes). You always have an option to test broccoli with knife or fork, or just taste it yourself.
  • Take broccoli out of the boiled water and put it immediately into a bowl of cold water. This step will help you to stop cooking process (while staying hot after boiling, vegetables continue their cooking process inside out). It will make your broccoli crunchy and its color will remain vibrant green. Let it stay in the cold water until it entirely cools down (approximately for 5 minutes).

Now you know a great way to blanch broccoli for salads, or just simply for a vegetable garnish. It is also a great alternative if you want to cook your broccoli without a steamer, and at the same time save some nutritional benefits.

How to steam broccoli in a rice cooker/multi-cooker?

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Using a rice cooker in the kitchen can make you cooking experience easier, as it can be used not only for cooking rice but also, for example, steaming vegetables. As we know, it is a great way to have a healthy meal with vegetables, which retained their nutritional value. Here are step-by-step instructions on how you can steam broccoli in a rice cooker/multi-cooker:

  • Take fresh broccoli, rinse it under the water, chop of the stem from the crown; cut of florets and slice them into pieces.
  • Take 1/3 cup of water and pour it inside your rice cooker, insert the steam rack and then place sliced florets on it.
  • Close the lead and set your timer for 5 minutes at the same moment you turn on your rice cooker.
  • In 5 minutes, turn your rice cooker off. Do not leave steamed broccoli in a rice cooker with a “warm” setting on, as it will continue cooking. Place broccoli on a plate and enjoy!

Note: If you are using a multi-cooker instead of a rice cooker, you need to choose setting “STEAM” and then set the timer.

How to steam frozen broccoli in a rice cooker? Process for steaming frozen broccoli is identical as for fresh broccoli; you only need to extend time up to 10 minutes on your timer.

We hope that our article was helpful and you will make use of all this methods to make your broccoli taste good. Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section below. Please, share with your friends if you found these recipes useful.

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