15 best broccoli recipes
Vibrant, good-for-you and incredibly versatile, broccoli has to be one of the most reliable veggies going. Try it in stir-fries, blitzed-up in a pesto or raw in salads.
Discover 15 of our favourite ways to cook with broccoli below or discover our entire collection of broccoli recipes.
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 its peak from October though to April.
What different varieties of broccoli are there?
There are 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) aren’t keen on the taste of broccoli and dismiss it as a food they dislike. You can, however, 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 teaspoon of chilli flakes
- 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 so 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 makes a refreshing weeknight winter meal. Chilli fans will love the kick of heat.
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 traybake and this one is a winner. Packed with flavour from lemon and garlic, this dish is effortless cooking at its finest. It also serves two perfectly.
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, a lick of heat and it uses up a whole head of broccoli. Plus, it gets an A+ for being made all in one tray!
Broccoli and salmon pair up wonderfully again here in this indulgently creamy gnocchi bake.
Broccoli on pizza might not be everyone’s first choice, but our socca pizzas with tenderstem, redcurrant jam and taleggio might just change your mind. And, since they’re made with gram flour, they’re gluten free.
When you’re craving something light and nutritious, this is the salad to whip up. Made up of boiled eggs, tenderstem broccoli and fibre-rich lentils, it’s a fresh but filling winner.
This raw broccoli salad from Zita Steyn showcases how good broccoli can be when it’s not even cooked! The zingy maple syrup dressing is gorgeous.
Vegan and vegetarian-friendly, filling and flavourful, this veg-heavy curry deserves a spot in your weekly rotation. It uses firm tofu for its ‘meatier’ texture and is jam-packed with fresh, zingy flavours from the curry leaves, coconut, tamarind and cumin – all paired with tenderstem broccoli.
Swap tomatoes for cream and a good sprinkling of parmesan cheese in our broccoli baked eggs. Serve with a thick slice of garlic butter toast, if you’re feeling extra indulgent.
Ditch the takeaway menu and create this quick beef and broccoli stir-fry in less than 20 minutes.
Hungry for more? Dip into all of our broccoli recipes for extra inspiration.
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