How Do I Stop My Broccoli from Becoming Mushy?


Broccoli looks like a tough vegetable, somewhat hard to cook. This makes the vegetable prone to overcooking which makes it smelly, its texture mushy.

So how do you prevent broccoli from becoming smelly and mushy?

If you are going to steam the broccoli, it’s advisable that you partially cover the pot to prevent the vegetable from releasing the sulfurous smell. Do not steam the broccoli for more than eight minutes. Otherwise, covered or not, the broccoli will smell and taste sulfurous and the texture mushy.

If you are going to boil them, do not cover the pot to allow the sulfur compounds to escape. Don’t use an aluminum pot to avoid the smell from worsening. Boil the broccoli for about two minutes or until you notice its color turn bright green.

Overcooking not only makes the broccoli smell bad and taste awful, most of its important nutrients are also lost. Cook your broccoli lightly to preserve its beta-carotene content, vitamins and minerals.

Once you think you have slightly overcooked your broccoli, take it immediately out of the water, drain and pour cold water over it. The cold temperature of the water will prevent the broccoli from cooking any further.

In case you really have overcooked it, there’s still a way to rescue it and make it appetizing. Overcooked broccoli can be finely chopped and used as a sprinkle on rice and baked potatoes with melted cheese.

You can also avoid overcooking broccoli and making it mushy by parboiling it ahead of time.