Tips on How to Cook the Perfect Broccoli


Steam it, boil it, bake it – broccoli is a delicious and healthy vegetable to have on the table. But watch out, like any other vegetable, broccoli loses most of its nutrients when overcooked. And to add insult to the injury, it will taste awful, too.

So how do you cook the perfect broccoli?

First, thoroughly wash the broccoli to remove all traces of dirt. Cut the florets in uniform sizes depending on what the recipe calls for.

Whether you cook broccoli with other ingredients, bake it, boil it or simply stem it, remember that timing is everything.

Put a pot of water on heat with the broccoli and allow to simmer. Usually, it takes from five to seven minutes to perfectly cook it. However, it is best to keep a close look on your broccoli to make sure it’s not undercooked or overcooked.

After the water has boil for a couple of minutes, test the broccoli with a knife or fork. The fork should go in easily enough. If it doesn’t and you have to exert force, then it means it needs to be boiled for a few more minutes. If the florets break and easily turns mushy, it’s overdone.

When the broccoli is cooked, remove from the pot and transfer them in a basin. Pour icy water over the florets to stop the cooking process. Otherwise, cooking will continue from the lingering heat.

You can serve broccoli with cheese or oyster dip. You can also pre-cook this vegetable this way, store it and use it as an additional ingredient to other dishes later on.

Cooked right, even kids will love broccoli. And they are not just a treat to the taste buds, but also a treat to your health!