Blanching broccoli is a quick and easy cooking technique that elevates this versatile vegetable.
It transforms raw broccoli into a bright green marvel with a crisp-tender texture and enhanced flavour.

This method is perfect for preparing broccoli for further cooking, freezing, or simply enjoying on its own.

Perfectly blanched broccoli florets should be a vibrant, almost emerald green.
They will have a slightly softened texture but will still retain a satisfying snap when bitten.

Bowl of blanched broccoli

How to blanch Broccoli

Blanching broccoli is a great way to prepare it for salads, stir-fries, and other dishes.
Follow these simple instructions to blanch broccoli quickly and easily.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Vegetable Recipes
Cuisine French
Servings 4 Serves
Calories 30 kcal


  • Large pot
  • Slotted spoon
  • Colander
  • Large bowl
  • Ice cubes


  • 500 grams broccoli
  • water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Prepare a large bowl filled with iced water.
  • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add 1 tsp salt.
  • While the water heats up, wash and chop the 500 grams broccoli into florets.
  • Once boiling, carefully add the broccoli florets to the pot.
  • Cook the broccoli for 2-3 minutes, or until it turns bright green and is just tender-crisp.
  • Immediately drain the broccoli in a colander.
  • Plunge the cooked broccoli florets into the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
  • Drain the broccoli again and pat it dry with a clean paper towel.
  • Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your broccoli florets.


Recipe Tips
  • For extra vibrant green florets, add a squeeze of lemon juice to the ice bath.
  • You can blanch broccoli florets with the stem! Peel the tough outer layer of the stem and chop it into bite-sized pieces before blanching with the florets.
  • Blanched broccoli can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Blanched Broccoli Uses

  • Add to stir-fries, pasta dishes, and salads.
  • Enjoy as a healthy snack with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  • Use as a base for creamy broccoli soup.
  • Top with toasted almonds and a squeeze of lemon for a simple side dish.
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1 Comment

Vegan hippy · 01/05/2024 at 1:05 pm

5 stars
Love the simplicity here

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