How to Boil Broccoli

Two Methods:Boiling BroccoliBlanching Broccoli

Broccoli is a nutrient rich vegetable from the cabbage family. Nutritionists recommend that you avoid boiling it for too long, since it takes away many of the anti-carcinogenic properties. You can boil broccoli until it is soft, or blanche it to preserve nutrients and texture.

Method 1
Boiling Broccoli

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    Wash your broccoli crowns thoroughly.
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    Separate the florets by hand or with a knife.
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    Cut the stalks away from the florets.
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    Fill a large or medium pot 2/3 full. The size you use should depend upon the amount of broccoli you are going to boil. If you do more than 1 crown, you will need a large pot.
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    Fill a large bowl with ice cold water. Place some ice cubes in the water and set it close to the stove.
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    Add 1 tbsp. (18g) of table salt. The salt will help the water boil faster, but you can also reduce or remove the salt if desired.
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    Set the burner to high. Wait for it to boil.
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    Drop the broccoli stems in the boiling water. Wait 2 minutes.
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    Place the broccoli florets in the boiling water. Wait 5 minutes, while the broccoli cooks and softens.
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    Remove the broccoli from the boiling water with a slotted spoon.
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    Place it directly in the ice bath you have prepared. This stops the broccoli from cooking and gives it a crisper texture.
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    Drain the water away from the broccoli using a colander. Season and serve.
    • Boiling broccoli is best for people who have digestive problems, since the boiling process can make it easier to process. However, boiling for 5 minutes removes 30 percent of its nutrients.

Method 2
Blanching Broccoli

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    Wash your broccoli. Separate the stems from the florets.
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    Bring water to a boil in a medium to large saucepan. Use the high setting to ensure a rapid boil.
    • Use a tbsp. of salt in the water, if desired.
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    Make an ice bath in a large bowl with ice cubes and cold water. Set it near the stove.
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    Drop stems into the boiling water. Wait 90 seconds.
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    Place the florets in the boiling water. Wait 90 seconds.
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    Remove the florets and stems with a slotted spoon.
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    Place them directly into the ice bath.
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    Pour the water and broccoli through a colander. Season and serve.
    • Blanched broccoli preserves more of the nutrients and crisp texture than boiling the vegetable. Use this method for using broccoli in cold salads and for snacking.

Things You'll Need

  • Broccoli crowns
  • Medium or large pot
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Ice bath
  • Slotted spoon
  • Colander


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Categories: Basic Cooking Skills