Looking for delicious, easy ways to add broccoli to the dinner table? Here are some amazing and simple broccoli recipes that you are sure to love + our favorite broccoli tots recipe!

Photo collage of recipes that have broccoli in them.

I feel like broccoli gets kind of a bad wrap, TNNers. People often poo-poo it and kids wrinkle their noses up at it! And I get it. It took me a while to learn to love broccoli. And helping my daughter to eat and enjoy broccoli was a huge step in me creating the veggie-loaded approach.

Does this sound like you? Or maybe your family? I totally get you and am here to say that HOW you serve up broccoli makes all the difference in learning to love it! And I truly think you will…just like me and my family have. All it takes is some seriously delicious broccoli recipes to make. And I have more than a few to help you out on your broccoli-lovin’ journey.

When is broccoli in season?

Broccoli is one of those veggies that is pretty easy to find and usually available on year long. However, like any produce, it is extra delicious when it is at its peak in its growing season. Broccoli is in season from early October until early May.

How to select broccoli at the store.

  • When buying broccoli, look for crowns that have small, tightly bunch buds that are green.
  • The leaves of the broccoli should be dark green and crisp.
  • The stem of the broccoli should be firm.
  • If the florets are starting to open it up, it means that the broccoli is on the older side.
  • If you see that the broccoli buds are starting to turn yellow, it means the broccoli is starting to go past its prime.

How to store fresh broccoli

Fresh broccoli should be kept in the fridge. Avoid putting it in any air-tight containers, but rather give it a little sprinkle of water and place it in your crisper until you are ready to cook it. Like most produce, broccoli is best enjoyed sooner verse later, but if you can store it in your fridge for up to 4 days. Watch your broccoli for signs of going bad, such as yellowing buds and a rubber stem.

Can I use frozen broccoli in these recipes?

In most cases yes, but be sure to adjust your exceptions of broccoli texture when swapping frozen broccoli for fresh.

Frozen broccoli has been picked at its peak of freshness, blanched, and flash frozen to retain flavor and nutrients. It is a wonderful option to keep on hand for convenience and is often most cost efficient than buying fresh broccoli out of season.

However, since frozen broccoli has been blanched and frozen, water is naturally drawn out of the green veggie and frozen broccoli is often very soft after cooking.

If you are looking for a crisp broccoli in your dishes, use fresh. If you are open to a soft veggie in your dish, frozen broccoli is a great option.

20-Minute Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

This Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies recipe is going to be your new favorite easy dinner! Sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and your favorite sausage all seasoned to perfection and roasted up in just 20 minutes on one pan.
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Broccoli Tots (gluten free)

These gluten free Broccoli Tots are easy, delicious, and a veggie-loaded version of the classic tot so many of us grew up on. The combo of broccoli with cheese is the perfect flavor combination. You and your family are going to love these!
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20-Minute Creamy Pasta with Broccoli (Vegetarian)

Done in just 20 minutes, thisCreamy Broccoli Pasta is an amazing one-pot vegetarian pasta. Cooked, bite-size broccoli is tossed in a simple cheesy pasta sauce made of cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Enjoy this veggie-loaded pasta as main meal or as a pasta side dish!
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Teriyaki Broccoli Chickpea Stir Fry

Easy, delicious and made from items you likely have in your freezer or pantry, this Teriyaki Broccoli Chickpea Stir Fry is going to be a new healthy dinner recipe staple.
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Instant Pot Broccoli

Instant Pot Broccoli is the quick and easy way to get perfectly steamed veggies every time.
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Easy Garlic Shrimp & Broccoli

Quick to make and delicious, this easy garlic shrimp and broccoli is the perfect weeknight dinner. Made with a handful of ingredients and ready in about 15 minutes.
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Flavorful Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

This easy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole is going to be a new favorite healthy family dinner recipe. Flavorful, full of healthy ingredients and a complete meal all in on dish! Easily dairy-free and gluten free.
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Roasted Air Fryer Broccoli

This Roasted Air Fryer Broccoli cooks up in about 8 minutes and is the perfect vegetable side. Easy to make, faster than oven roasted, and full of flavor! Your whole family will adore this delicious broccoli side.
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This One-Sheet Roasted Garlic Salmon & Broccoli is easy, quick, and full of flavor! A complete & delicious dinner that is Whole30, gluten free, and dairy free made entirely on one sheet pan….could it get any better?

One-Sheet Roasted Garlic Salmon Broccoli

This One-Sheet Roasted Garlic Salmon & Broccoli is easy, quick, and full of flavor! A complete & delicious dinner that is Whole30, gluten free, and dairy free made entirely on one sheet pan….could it get any better?
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Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

This Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole is an easy and delicious vegetable side dish or main. Naturally vegetarian, this flavorful veggie-loaded casserole recipe is going to make you fall in love with veggies.
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Overhead on the delicious Whole30 Lemon Chicken & Broccoli served in a white bowl with more chicken in a sheet-pan nearby

Whole30 Lemon Chicken & Broccoli

A super easy, super delicious dinner that is truly perfect for those hectic weeknights. Whole30 Lemon Chicken & Broccoli will have your whole family swooning with its bright and hearty flavors. So simple to throw together, enjoy it in its own glory or with a side of rice, cauli rice, quinoa or your even favorite pasta! Gluten free + dairy-free
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Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli

Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli is going to be a busy weeknight dinner game changer for you. Made with ease and speed, this dish is full of flavor and made with nothing but squeaky clean ingredients to fuel you on! Paleo, dairy-free, gluten free and even a Whole30 option.
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Delicious Broccoli Recipes + Broccoli Tots

Yield: 20 tots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
These gluten free Broccoli Tots are easy, delicious, and a veggie-loaded version of the classic tot so many of us grew up on. The combo of broccoli with cheese is the perfect flavor combination. You and your family are going to love these!

Ingredients
 

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese , or grated parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup almond or oat flour
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Equipment

  • food processor

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a large baking sheet with a little thin oil or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Steam broccoli for 5 minutes and then rinse with cold water to
    stop the cooking process. Let broccoli drain very well. You can use towels or a strainer for this.
  • Run broccoli through your food processor with your “S” blade
    until finely chop. Alternatively, you can finely chop the cooked broccoli by hand.
  • In a large bowl, combine broccoli with remaining ingredients. Mix
    throughly.
  • Using a heaping tablespoon or small cookie scoop, portion out the broccoli mixture into small balls. Gently press the balls into a tot shape. Place on your prepped baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top, being sure to flip the tots half
    way through baking. Remove from the oven and enjoy hot with ketchup, ranch dressing, or another of your favorite dipping sauces.
Calories: 41kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 89mg, Potassium: 72mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 150IU, Vitamin C: 12.2mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 0.5mg