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Learn how long to boil broccoli to make this healthy and nutritious vegetable with slightly crunchy texture and bright green color. I will share with you a technique that ensures perfectly boiled broccoli every time!
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How Long to Boil Broccoli

Learn how long to boil broccoli to make this healthy and nutritious vegetable with a slightly crunchy texture and bright green color. I will share with you a technique that ensures perfectly boiled broccoli every time! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, European
Keyword: how long to boil broccoli
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Cindy

Ingredients

  • 1 large head broccoli
  • salt
  • black pepper freshly ground
  • lemon optional

Instructions

  • Fill in a large saucepan with water, bring to boil over high heat. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Meanwhile, clean your broccoli thoroughly. Cut the stem away from the crown. Slice the florets into bite-sized pieces.
  • Peel off the tough layer of the stem and slice off the bottom inch of the stem and discard. Then slice the remaining stems into thin slices.
  • In the boiling water, add stem slices and cook for 2 minutes
  • Add florets and cook for another 3 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain your cooked broccoli with a colander. Submerge it in a bowl of cold water.
  • Transfer the broccoli to a plate.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy!

Notes

  • Broccoli cooks quickly, and make sure not to overcook it.
  • If you save the stems for other recipes, you can skip the step of cooking stems
  • You can add butter and cheese to your broccoli for extra flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 75.9mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.6mg