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How to Cook Broccoli

Learn how to cook broccoli with this step-by-step guide for cooking on the stovetop or in the oven - makes a healthy and easy side dish!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 290kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets

Stovetop Method

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons salt

Oven Method


Stovetop Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water and salt to a boil.
  • If serving the broccoli cold or reheating, prepare an ice bath to shock the broccoli when done.
  • Carefully place the broccoli in the boiling water and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  • Once tender, carefully remove or strain the broccoli.
  • Place in the ice bath if needed or serve warm immediately.

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, if desired (but not necessary)
  • Toss broccoli in the olive oil, salt and black pepper
  • Place the broccoli on a roasting pan, and roast in the oven until tender and slightly colored, about 7-10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


Storage: Cooked broccoli is best enjoyed as soon as it's made, but it will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. 


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 7415mg | Potassium: 966mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1895IU | Vitamin C: 271mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg