Long-stem broccoli varieties can all be cooked in similar ways. They are tender enough to be eaten raw in salads and benefit from being cooked quickly to keep their colour, texture and more delicate flavour (they are hybrids of broccoli and gai lan, or Chinese broccoli, so slightly sweeter than the standard type).
You shouldn’t have to do any more than trim the ends to prep this veg, then it can be cooked in any of the following ways:
- Steam it in a steamer for 2-3 mins
- Simmer in a small amount of water for 3-4 mins (don’t fiercely boil it as you may overcook it)
- Pan-fry it in olive oil to add an extra burst of flavour
- Stir-fry in a small amount of flavourless oil with garlic for 2 mins
- Griddle on all sides to add char marks and a smoky flavour
- Roast in the meat juices of a joint for the final 10 mins
- Dip in tempura batter and deep-fry
Quick long-stem broccoli recipe
- 400g long-stem broccoli
- extra virgin olive oil or melted butter
1. Trim the ends of the broccoli spears and cut any long ones into lengths. Put a little water into a pan and bring it to a boil.
2. Put the broccoli into the pan, cover and turn down to a simmer. Cook for 3-4 mins or until you can pierce the stem easily with a sharp knife. Drain well and steam dry in the pan for 30 secs. Tip onto a serving plate, season and dress with olive oil or butter.
Our favourite long-stem broccoli recipes
Long-stem broccoli with sautéed onions & bacon
Bump up the flavour with bacon and onions and even fussy eaters will decide they love broccoli.
Broccoli with garlic & chilli breadcrumbs
Breadcrumbs add pleasing crunch to this dish while chilli gives it heat.
Long-stem broccoli with sesame
Sesame and coriander make this a perfect side dish for Thai, Japanese or Chinese meals, or ring the changes and serve it with a roast.
Broccoli lemon chicken with cashews
Add broccoli to chicken and cashew nuts in this stir-fry to make a light midweek supper.
Puy lentil salad with soy beans, sugar snap peas & broccoli
The combination of veg and lentils with a zingy dressing makes a fantastic veggie main course.
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