Often disparaged, yet adored, broccoli is a vegetable that is not universally appreciated. Yet it is not only renowned for its health benefits, it is also very tasty, when you know how to cook it well. Discover our three ways of cooking broccoli: raw, braised or steamed.
How to cook broccoli so that it is always a real delicacy? For this time, skip the gratin, soup or purée and make way for raw broccoli, steamed broccoli or braised broccoli.
See also our best broccoli recipes.
Can you eat broccoli raw?
We tend to blanch or boil it before eating it, but broccoli can be eaten as is! Just like cauliflower, you can eat it as an appetizer with a homemade sauce, in a salad, or as an accompaniment to a barbecue, for example. To eat it raw, wash it and cut off the heads, to be eaten with your fingertips or in a salad. But you can also grate it or slice it very thinly like for a carpaccio.
The plus: eating raw allows you to retain all the nutrients that broccoli contains. However, it is best to eat it organically to prevent the absorption of too many pesticides.
Steamed broccoli: how to cook it
Broccoli is most often prepared in water, either blanched, boiled or steamed. Steaming is very convenient and takes only 5 minutes of your time. Place your broccoli heads in a casserole dish in a steaming basket. Cook on a high heat for about 5 minutes. Be careful not to let the broccoli soak in water.
Our tip: plunge the broccoli heads into cold water after cooking so that they retain their green colour.
To find out if your broccoli is cooked, prick it with the tip of a knife or fork. If there is not too much resistance, it is cooked.
To steam your broccoli in the microwave, get two microwave-safe dishes. Place your broccoli heads in one of the dishes, add a little water (they should be ⅓ of the way submerged), salt, pepper and then cover with the second dish. Cook for between 2 and 4 minutes depending on the size of your broccoli heads.
Braised broccoli: tips and tricks
As with braised endives (or other vegetables), it is possible to prepare broccoli using this cooking method. It is done in the oven with a steaming effect, allowing the vegetable to cook while retaining its tenderness. In addition, you can add vegetable stock, onions or the spices of your choice to the cooking water.
To braise your broccoli, you must first prepare it. Wash it and cut off the heads (you can also cook it whole, but it will take a long time). In a saucepan, heat the broccoli in butter (or oil) so that it browns. Then add a good volume of water or stock to the pan, add salt and pepper and put it in the oven or leave it to cook over a low heat.
The secret of brésage is the length of cooking time, which must be slow. This way, your vegetable will be tenderized and will keep all its flavours.
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