15 best broccoli recipes
Vibrant, good-for-you and ideal for all types of cooking, broccoli has to be one of the most reliable veggies going. Try popping it into stir-fries, blitzed-up in a pesto or simply enjoy it raw in salads.
Discover 15 of our favourite ways to cook with broccoli below or discover our entire collection of broccoli recipes here.
Your broccoli questions answered!
When is broccoli in season?
We’re lucky in the UK that broccoli is readily available all year round, however it’s at is peak from October though to April.
What different varieties of broccoli are there?
There are a many varieties of broccoli, our recipes tend to use Calabrese (the most familiar), purple sprouting and tenderstem.
How can you make broccoli taste better?
Some people (and often kids) dislike the taste of broccoli and dismiss it as a food they dislike. You can, however completely transform the taste of broccoli with the addition of a few simple ingredients. Try adding some of the following to cooked broccoli to change the flavour:
- A pinch of salt, garlic (fresh or dried powder) and a handful of parmesan
- A pinch of salt and tablespoon of chilli flakes
- Add a drizzle of teriyaki sauce
- Once your broccoli is cooked (but still hot) add a chunk of butter, some dried herbs and a pinch of salt
Our very best broccoli recipes
There are many good things about this classic pasta bake: it’s crunchy, it’s cheesy and it’s a requirement to have seconds!
Fresh, zingy and oh-so easy to make, this Thai-inspired broccoli and tuna salad is everything you want and NEED for your midweek meals. Plus, if you’re a lover of spice, this one’s a hot one!
Thought skewers were only for meat? Think again! Skewer together purple sprouting broccoli with halloumi and prepare to be impressed. For a proper feast, serve them on a bed of couscous with a good drizzle of our sweet tahini dressing.
Who said panazella salad was only for summer? We’ve swapped summery tomatoes for tenderstem. The result? A full-flavoured, winter appropriate version.
We have a confession to make. We’re slightly addicted to broccoli pesto. Sceptical? Don’t be! Ready in just twenty minutes, this recipe combines broccoli and crispy pancetta to create a simple-yet-tasty supper. Plus, sub out the pancetta and you’ve got yourself a veggie-friendly meal.
Everyone loves a tray bake and this one is no exception. Full of lemon and garlicky flavours, this dish demonstrated effortless cooking at its finest. It also serves two perfectly, making it perfect for date night or for next-day dinner.
Chicken and broccoli smothered in a creamy white sauce and then topped with puff pastry – this pie takes midweek comfort food to a whole new level.
This dish has it all – fresh flavours, spice and uses a whole head of broccoli. Plus, it gets an A+ for being low calorie and being made all in one tray!
Broccoli and salmon pair up wonderfully here for an indulgent creamy gnocchi bake.
Okay, so broccoli on pizza might not be everyone’s first choice, however our socca pizzas – made with tenderstem, red currant jam and taleggio – are seriously good and might just change your mind. And, since they’re made with gram flour, they’re gluten-free.
When you’re craving something light, this is the salad you’ll definitely want to whip up. Made up of boiled eggs, tenderstem broccoli and fibre-rich lentils, it’s a real winner.
This raw broccoli salad from Zita Steyn showcases how good broccoli can be when it’s not even cooked! Also, you’ll love the zingy maple syrup dressing. It’s to die for!
Vegan and vegetarian-friendly, filling and flavourful, this veggie-heavy curry deserves a spot in your weekly rotation.
Swap tomatoes for cream and a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese in our broccoli baked eggs, and if you’re feeling extra indulgent, serve with a thick slice of garlic butter toast.
Ditch the takeaway menu and create this quick beef and broccoli stir-fry in less than 20 sweet minutes.
Hungry for more? Dip into all of our broccoli recipes here for more inspiration.