KP 007| How To Prep Broccoli

When prepping broccoli, I start by peeling the fibrous coating on the stalk which is often an overlooked component, but in my opinion, the best flavored and textured. Once the stalk is peeled, separate the head of broccoli into individual florets. The size and shape of the florets are dependent on your personal preference and how far up the head you cut the broccoli stalk.

How to Prepare Broccoli Step One

Cut the broccoli stalk on a bias and reserve.

How to Prepare Broccoli Step Two

Blanch florets for 2 minutes in boiling salted water and blanch the stalk for three minutes. Remove and chill rapidly in ice water. After the broccoli has been allowed to cool in ice water for 4-5 minutes, drain onto paper towels and reserve for later cooking.

How to Prepare Broccoli Step Three

The broccoli is now ready to be sautéed, fried, or roasted.

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Nina's picture

This is exactly how I prep my broccoli.  If I'm making a pasta dish, then I boil the pasta in the blanching water.  By the way, I have a 70 lb greyhound who runs into the kitchen when she hears the broccoli being cut.  I don't know if she can smell it, or if my knife/ cutting board sounds a certain way, but fresh broccoli is a favorite treat of hers.

"People who love to eat are always the best people." -- Julia Child

shelley schlund's picture

Nina, your Greyhound sounds awesome! My 14 month old son loves broccoli so I buy a huge bag at Costco, blanch it off and freeze it to cook whenever I plan it for dinner. He loves the stems now, too. Thanks for the tip, Chef!

jacob burton's picture

Hi Shelley,

Glad you enjoyed the video and welcome to the site!