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The 4 Best Ways to Cook Romanesco

The 4 Best Ways to Cook Romanesco! If you don’t know how to cook Romanesco broccoli or haven’t eaten them, don’t worry. I’ll share with you 4 simple and healthy Romanesco recipes: roasting, sautéing, boiling, and microwaving. This vegetable cooks up in minutes, for a healthy side dish!
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Romanesco, Romanesco Broccoli, Romanesco Cauliflower
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Cindy

Ingredients

Roasted Romanesco

  • ½ large head Romanesco cut into bite-sized pieces (about ½ pound)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Romanesco Rice

  • 1/2 large head Romanesco
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Boiled Romanesco

  • 1/2 large head Romanesco
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • lemon optional

Microwaved Romanesco

  • 1/2 large head Romanesco
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

Roasted Romanesco

  • Preheat the oven to 425 °F. Line a large baking sheet, if desired.
  • Clean the Romanesco and cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss them with oil, salt and pepper until all the pieces are evenly coated.
  • Arrange them evenly across the baking.
  • Bake about 15 minutes, tossing halfway, or until the florets are turning golden on the edges. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if necessary, and serve warm.

Romanesco Rice

  • Rice the Romanesco pieces using either a grater, food processor or blender.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add oil and cauliflower rice.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes until tender.

Boiled Romanesco

  • Fill in a large saucepan with water, bring to boil over high heat. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Add Romanesco florets and cook for 2-3 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain your cooked Romanesco with a colander. Submerge it in a bowl of cold water.
  • Transfer them to a plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with optional lemon wedges and enjoy!

Microwaved Romanesco

  • Add Romanesco pieces into a microwave-safe bowl, and then add water.
  • Cover with a microwave-safe lid or a ceramic plate that can cover the bowl completely.
  • Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes.
  • Test for doneness and repeat at 30-second intervals until the broccoli is tender.
  • Transfer the Romanesco to a plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To Store Uncooked Romanesco: Store the unwashed vegetable in a zip-top bag in the fridge. It'll last for up to 1 week, but it's best to cook it within 24 hours of purchasing. 
  • Don't Overcook It: Romanesco takes less time to cook than broccoli or cauliflower, and it'll turn mushy if you overcook it.

Nutrition

Calories: 31kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g