This post feels a little bit like explaining how to boil water (cuz honestly there’s not much more too it), but as someone who, for years had no idea how to achieve broccoli perfection, I could have used a post like this a long time ago.
Broccoli is one of the few super foods my kids actually like, probably due to my hubby’s healthy appetite for it. I used to not like cooked broccoli, but have finally grown up and now it is a a staple in our house.
How to Cook Broccoli
- Wash and cut broccoli into bite sized pieces.
Bite sized is key if you want little mouths to eat it!
- Bring a pot of water to a boil — the level of the water should be high enough to cover the amount of broccoli you are cooking
- When the water comes to a boil, add the broccoli.
I use a wooden spoon to push all the broccoli down into the water.
- Set timer for 5 minutes.
IMPORTANT: do NOT wait for water to return to a boil, start the timer as soon the broccoli is added.
- After 5 minutes, remove from heat, drain broccoli and serve.
Broccoli should still look bright green and have a little firmness to it — no mushy broccoli!
- Season with your favorite seasonings and toppings and enjoy!
We like to season ours with a little butter, garlic salt and top with Parmesan cheese.
Instead of cooking the broccoli for 5 minutes, you can wait until the water comes to a boil, then add the broccoli and boil for ONE minute. My sister-in-law uses this method and it works great too.
Here’s some photos:
Broccoli Added to the Pot
The water was boiling when I added the broccoli, but then lost it’s boil. Never fear, start that timer anyway!
Broccoli in a Full Boil
The water usually returns to a boil with 1-2 minutes left on the timer.
Broccoli on the Plate
This broccoli has not yet been seasoned, but gives you and idea of the color and firmness.