Vegan Broccoli Recipe

Recipe Category: Vegan

Vegan Broccoli Recipe


Makes 4 Servings

  • salt for the cooking water
  • 1 large head of broccoli (1½ pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic (about half a good-sized clove)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put a large pot of cold water to boil over high heat, and add a big pinch of salt
  2. Place a large colander in the sink
  3. While waiting for the water to boil, trim and discard the tough stem end of the broccoli, and slice the rest lengthwise into about 6 hefty spears
  4. When the water boils, lower the heat to a simmer and plunge in the broccoli
  5. Cook for 2 minutes if you like your vegetables tender-crisp, 3 minutes if you like them tender-tender
  6. Drain the broccoli in the colander, shaking it emphatically, and then dry the broccoli by patting it with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel
  7. You can prepare the broccoli ahead of time up to this point and then keep it at room temperature for up to 2 hours, or in the refrigerator in a resealable bag or tightly covered container for up to 5 days; let it come to room temperature or microwave it to warm it slightly before proceeding
  8. Place a large (10-to 12-inch) heavy skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil
  9. While you are waiting for the oil to heat, cut the broccoli into smaller pieces (whatever size and shape you prefer)
  10. When the oil has become warm (after about 3 minutes), add the broccoli and heat it in the oil, turning it frequently with tongs, for about 3 minutes
  11. Then add the garlic, and continue to cook for another 3 to 5 minutes (possibly even a little longer), or until the broccoli is heated through, cooked to your liking, and delightfully coated with the garlic and oil
  12. Add the salt, plus some black pepper to taste
  13. Serve hot or warm

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