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Broccoli is one of those veggies that gets a bad rap, but it’s actually one of the most basic, affordable and versatile ingredients there is.

I buy broccoli from the store almost every week and there’s always something I can do with it.

Whether I boil it in saltwater and serve with butter and pepper, roast it until it gets a nice char, or throw it on a sheet pan to bake with some chicken, it’s one of those ingredients that never lets me down.

Broccoli is relatively easy to make. Here’s how to cook broccoli and a few ways to make it taste great.

How to cook broccoli: The basics

Broccoli can be cooked a few ways.


First, it doesn’t have to be cooked at all. It can be rinsed and eaten raw as a snack or chopped into a salad. It’s an absolutely delicious way to enjoy it!


Broccoli can also be blanched in a bath of hot water. Throw it into boiling water for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. A

After that, season it with salt and pepper to taste. You can even squeeze a little lemon on it if you’re feeling adventurous.


You can also roast broccoli. Toss chopped broccoli in an oil of your choice (avocado oil has been my go-to). Season with salt, pepper and garlic, and roast it in the oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

I love this method because it brings out both the savory and sweetness of the broccoli.

How to make broccoli taste amazing

When you’ve mastered the basics, there’s so much you can do to take your broccoli to another level.

Add cheese

I don’t think there’s a single thing you can’t solve with cheese. Broccoli is the same. I find that broccoli pairs nicely with all kinds of cheeses without fail.

Broccoli and cheddar is probably the most classic combination, but I loved shaved parmesano reggiano on top of my roasted broccoli, too.

Add bacon

Bacon is also a great topping for veggies. I love adding bacon to my broccoli for a little smokiness and saltiness. It also has some great crunch which leads me to my next point.

Add texture

Texture is a helpful component of anything you cook. Having that extra crunch can go a long way. Sliced almonds are one great accompaniment with broccoli. They add a nice bit of texture to your dish without overpowering the flavor.

Incorporate it into other dishes

Like I mentioned before, broccoli is versatile. There are hundreds of ways to use it! I pinned some inspiration to my Pinterest board if you’re looking for some great recipes.

Check out my video above for tips on better broccoli and leave your best recipe ideas in the comments below!

About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

I’m here to help you live your best life possible diabetes by showing you how to create simple, blood-sugar friendly and delicious meals and tips on diabetes self-care.

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