Even though boiling broccoli isn’t the healthiest way to cook it because some of the nutrients are lost compared to steaming it or eating it raw, boiling is one of the easiest ways to cook it. The ease of doing so may encourage you to eat it on a more regular basis and that’s a good thing because broccoli is so good for you. Here’s how to boil broccoli in four easy steps.
1. Fill a pan with water and heat it over high heat until it comes to a boil.
2. Wash the broccoli, remove the large stem pieces and chop the broccoli head into bite-sized pieces.
3. When the water is boiling, drop the broccoli into the water and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes. You want the vegetables to be “crisp tender,” which means that they are cooked but they still have a crispy texture to them.
4. Remove the broccoli from the hot water, strain, and serve immediately.
Note: Over boiling broccoli will make the vegetable too soggy and negatively affect the texture of the broccoli. It is better to err on the side of undercooking it rather than overcooking it. If you need to quickly stop the cooking process, the broccoli can be submerged in ice cold water.