How long to cook fresh broccoli?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘How long to cook fresh broccoli’ with a detailed analysis of what safety measures are to keep in mind when preparing it.

How long to cook fresh broccoli?

It takes about 3-5 minutes to cook fresh broccoli but the exact time it takes to cook broccoli depends upon the technique you are using to cook it.

First recipe

  • Heat a large, covered pot of water on high.
  • Remove the lid when it reaches a boil and add the broccoli florets and stem coins. Boil the broccoli for 3-5 minutes before draining.
  • Heat a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil in a large sauté pan or skillet over medium heat. (If you’re following the original recipe, add the garlic and anchovies here and sauté for a few minutes.) Add the broccoli, season with salt, and reduce the heat to the lowest setting possible.

Cook the broccoli on the stove

  • Make a pot of salted water come to a boil. Cook the broccoli in boiling water, uncovered, until crisp-tender.
  • When the broccoli is tender, carefully remove it with a slotted spoon or strain it. If you’re serving the broccoli cold, shock it in an ice bath before serving, or serve it warm right away.

Cook the broccoli in the oven

  • Toss broccoli with olive oil and desired seasonings. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender and slightly browned.
  • Remove and serve right away.


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure that the broccoli is as dry as possible (you can skip rinsing underwater if your broccoli seems clean). Toss the broccoli florets and stems with a few teaspoons of oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a mixing bowl. 
  • Arrange the broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with foil. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the broccoli is crisp and the caramelized brown spots are visible. Serve right away. 

How do you cut broccoli?

  • Maintain the stems for as long as possible! When removing the florets, cut them right at the base of the floret’s attachment to the main stem. Then, sever them at the bottom by slicing them apart. This results in an elegant and beautiful shape.
  • Create medium-sized florets that are as similar in size as possible. It does not have to be flawless! However, keeping the florets uniform allows them to cook at the same rate.

Recipe of broccoli


  • boneless chicken breast
  • olive oil 
  • oregano
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • Salt
  • black pepper
  • fresh broccoli florets
  • tortilla wraps 
  • sour cream
  • mozzarella cheese


  • In a shallow bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, oregano, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Place the chicken in the bowl and coat it with the seasoning mixture.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook the chicken in the skillet for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the juices run clear. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool before slicing each breast into strips.
  • Steam broccoli in a steamer set over boiling water for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender.
  • Spread the sour cream evenly in the center of each tortilla wrap, then top with the chicken, broccoli, and cheese. Bring the bottom edge of the wrap tightly over the filling, folding in the sides, and rolling until the top of the wrap is reached.
  • Place the wraps, seam side down, in a panini maker or the skillet used to cook the chicken, and gently press for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Serve right away.

Tips to cook broccoli perfectly

Cooking time is determined by the size of your florets or spears

When it comes to cooking broccoli, whether you’re boiling it or baking it in the oven, size matters.

Understand your preferences

Which do you prefer: crisp-tender broccoli or softer cooked broccoli? As needed, use a small sharp knife to test for doneness.

Do not conceal

There’s no need to cover the broccoli in the pot or the oven, whether you’re boiling or roasting it. To keep the broccoli’s bright green color, boil it in plenty of water and don’t cover the pot, which can turn it a dull brown-green.

Cook directly on the baking sheet

Remove the parchment paper and aluminum foil for crisper edges. You want to pan roast the broccoli against the bare metal of the sheet pan.

Other FAQs about Broccoli that you may be interested in.

How to cook broccoli florets

How long to cook fresh broccoli?

Does boiling broccoli remove nutrients?


In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘How long to cook fresh broccoli’ with depth analysis of what safety measures are to keep in mind when preparing it


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.