How Long Should I Cook Broccoli?


Broccoli can be cooked in several different ways. It can be steamed, baked, boiled, stir fried, sautéed or microwaved. But no matter how you use this cruciferous vegetable in a dish, one thing remains the same: it should be cooked just right.

How long should you cook broccoli? Not long. Normally, it only takes about five to seven minutes of boiling and they are done. The key is to think you are not really cooking the broccoli but more like softening it a little.

If you plant to steam it, pour enough water on the steamer and place the broccoli in the steamer basket. Make sure the water won’t come up to any of the holes of the basket when it begins to boil. Cover and steam for about four to five minutes.

You can also boil broccoli. But it would be relatively shorter to get the broccoli done this way.

Boil a pot of water and add a dash of salt. Add the broccoli florets and boil for just about two minutes. It should be fork-ready by that time. If not, extend boiling for another two minutes.

If you plan to microwave it instead, make sure to place the stems of the broccoli on the outer layer or edges of the plate and the florets itself must be at the center. Sprinkle water on the broccoli before putting it in the microwave. Turn the heat on high and microwave for three up to five minutes.

It is better to pre-boil broccoli before using them in stir-fries and casseroles. This would give it a head start when they are mixed with other faster-cooking ingredients.

The bigger the broccoli is sliced, the longer it would take for them to be cooked. To avoid waiting too long for the broccoli to soften enough, you can opt to slit the stalks lengthwise. Cook until the florets get this bright green color.

Even after being cooked, the broccoli must still have a lot of crunch left when chewed.