What Goes with Broccoli?

This is a beef with broccoli dish cooked in oyster sauce.

If you thought now is a good time to start a diet and include some healthy veggies into your diet, or just planning an evening to invite your “bon vivant foodie” friends to show off your organic blend of goodies, broccoli should be on the menu! So what pairs well with it?

A great vegetable to keep on hand is broccoli, which has a fascinating history. It’s hearty, delicious, and an easy way to include some greens in a meal. When it comes to fresh broccoli, don’t let your concerns about spoilage keep you from buying the frozen variety.

There are simple ways to prepare it so that it tastes great.

  • Adding frozen broccoli to a skillet meal, a stirfry, or soup quickly adds bulk and flavor. Can you roast broccoli straight from a freezer? You can, and it tastes delicious.
  • Cooked broccoli tastes delicious, accompanied by lemon, butter, or hollandaise sauce. Soups, stews, Asian cuisine, and pasta dishes often feature broccoli.

Did you know there are three commonly grown types of broccoli? The most familiar is Calabrese broccoli and, after that, sprouting broccoli. Despite its name, Purple cauliflower is a type of broccoli that is also commonly grown.

Spices That Go Well With Broccoli

These are roasted pieces of broccoli with garlic and spices.

Being creative with broccoli is always fun but can be a complex process. As a ‘foodie,’ I have often found myself researching a new meal once a week and came across a few exciting ideas that will not only spice things up for you but will also turn your kitchen into a mouth-watering adventure. Speaking of mouth-watering, what are some spices that go with broccoli?

Combining garlic, salt, and pepper with traditional herbs such as basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, tarragon, thyme, origanum, or simply mixing a selection of those herbs is an excellent way to treat the veggie with various meal pairs.

When you are invited over for dinner, you often catch a scent of something cooking and find that your nose is your first in the line of action operating like a compass pointed towards the kitchen.

An experienced chef might be able to tell straight away from what’s in the works, from the spices and sauces to the sizzling fats. With that said, it is safe to say that our sense of smell is responsible for about 80% of our taste, so for those vampire slayers out there, don’t be afraid to add garlic!

Fruits That Go Well With Broccoli

A large piece of broccoli with an apple, an avocado and a lemon.

Do you want to eat more broccoli? Here’s a fun way to enjoy it: blend it up in a smoothie! This Amazing Broccoli Smoothie turns a healthy vegetable into a sweet and creamy treat.

It’s so subtle that you can’t even tell it’s there! There are various great ways to eat broccoli, and if you want to make a gorgeous green smoothie as a nutritious breakfast or snack, this is your best bet!

Mangos, oranges, apples, pears, pineapples, berries, and bananas fashioned in their recipes are coupled well with broccoli in a smoothie or even juices! You can use water, coconut water, almond milk, regular milk, dairy-free milk, or juice to add value to your creativity and flavor.

Blending is a delightful way to incorporate more green veggies into your diet. Green vegetables include chlorophyll, which boosts your body’s capacity to create hemoglobin and improves oxygen supply to your cells.

Green veggies are also among the healthiest alkaline foods you can eat. The following are my favorite smoothies to mix with broccoli:

Mangos And Oranges

These are various smoothies with mango, carrot and broccoli ingredients.

These mango, carrot juice, and broccoli smoothies are insanely tasty! They’re a delicious and entertaining way for kids and adults to consume more fruits and vegetables!

Ingredients:

  • 1bag (12 oz) frozen broccoli cuts
  • 1cup frozen unsweetened mango chunks
  • 1/2cup carrot juice
  • 1/2cup orange juice
  • 1tablespoon sugar

Steps:

  1. Cook broccoli as directed on package. Rinse with cold water until cooled. Drain.
  2. In a blender, place 1/4 cup of the cooked broccoli and the remaining ingredients. (Cover and refrigerate remaining broccoli for another use.) Cover; blend at high speed for about 30 seconds or until smooth.
  3. Pour into two glasses. Serve immediately

Apples, Bananas, And Pineapple

A woman making a smoothie with apples, bananas, pineapple and broccoli.

This broccoli smoothie is delicious because it blends fruit and yogurt with green florets. There’s no actual technique here: this smoothie is primarily made of fruit like apple, banana, and pineapple.

What you will need:

  • Chop broccoli into tiny florets to toss it in!
  • Apple: We like green apples because of their sweet taste and vibrant green color, but any apple will suffice.
  • Banana is essential for achieving a creamy texture.
  • Frozen pineapple provides the perfect amount of frosty texture and flavor. If you want, you may use frozen mango instead!
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt is a fantastic addition to smoothies since it is high in protein and contains probiotics, which aid digestion and intestinal health.

Let’s make it!

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup chopped small broccoli florets
  • One large green apple, chopped
  • One banana (room temperature)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

Instructions:

In a blender, insert all ingredients, starting with the liquids and breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until completely smooth. Eat right away or keep refrigerated in a closed container for up to 1 day.

TIP: You may leave out the Greek yogurt for a vegan smoothie. Use almond milk or oat milk instead of water if you want a creamier texture, and add as much water as you see fit to get it to blend.

Other Vegetables That Go Well With Broccoli

Finding the best veggie fit for broccoli isn’t a challenging exercise. Most stores offer mixed frozen veggies prepacked to be roasted or added to any hearty-home-cooked meal in no time!

Now that you have your spices and smoothies in check for this creative cruciferous vegetable let’s look at which other vegetables and their recipes are best suited to be broccolis side-kick!

Carrots

These are roasted pieces of carrots and broccoli in a dark plate.

Broccoli and carrots, like Batman and Robin, are a formidable team. They transform each meal from zero to a superhero because of its high fiber, vitamin, and mineral content. Roast, boil, steam, or bake them together for a quick side dish; you can even grill broccoli and carrots.  – Batman

Crispy roasted Broccoli and Carrots, Italian-spiced, and topped with Parmesan. Whether you’re dealing with picky eaters, a tight schedule, or a general aversion to veggies, this simple oven cooking method, complete with a shake-it-up spice blend, comes upright when you need it: dinner time.

The ingredients

  • Carrots. The tastes of the simple carrot intensify and become delightfully sweet when roasted. Carrots are also high in nutrients. Vitamin A, fiber, and minerals abound in them.
  • Broccoli. The broccoli’s edges get deliciously crispy, while the stems are lovely and soft.
  • Olive oil is a kind of oil that comes from the olive, An essential element in crisping the veggies without scorching them.
  • Seasoning is made in Italy. An excellent combination of herbs that elevates the taste of the vegetables to new heights.
  • Spices. The winning combination is salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Parmesan. While not required, a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan is a welcome touch.

The directions

  1. In the center of a large baking sheet, arrange the carrots and broccoli.
  2. Prepare the spice and herb mixture and throw it in the pan with the vegetables and olive oil. Spread the vegetables out to get the best all-rounded roasting.
  3. At 400 degrees F, roast for 20 minutes, turning halfway through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.

TIP: When substituting veggies, choose those that will roast in the same length of time. For example, cauliflower florets roast in a similar length of time as broccoli florets, so this dish may be adapted to roasted broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

Cauliflower

This is a broccoli and cauliflower cheese casserole.

Cauliflower and broccoli are both relatives of the Brassicaceae family. When I think of broccoli and cauliflower together, I immediately think of a casserole! Let’s take a look at a broccoli cauliflower casserole that transforms vegetables into a delectable dish.

A kid-friendly veggie side dish that will have kids coming back for more.

Generally, this meal can take 10 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to cook, and an additional cool-off time of 5 minutes, leaving us with a total of 45 minutes for the whole process.

Ingredients:

  • One medium head of broccoli, cut to florets and steamed almost fork tender
  • One medium head cauliflower, cut to florets and steamed almost fork tender
  • Eight cooked and crumbled bacon strips
  • a half-cup of sour cream
  • One tablespoon thick whipping cream
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar shredded cheese (half of an 8 oz block)
  • 1/2 of an 8-ounce brick of shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • One tablespoon mustard (any sort)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or fresh
  • One tablespoon paprika
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions:

  1. Apply oil to a 8 x 8 (inch) baking pan and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Set aside.
  2. Combine sour cream, heavy whipping cream, cheeses, and seasonings in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Combine the cauliflower, broccoli, half of the chopped bacon, and half of the green onions in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter in the prepared pan.
  5. Add more cheese, green onions, and the rest of the bacon (if desired).
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, with the foil removed for the last 5 minutes.

Sauces That Go Well With Broccoli

This is a close look at broccoli with cheese sauce being poured on top.

The sauce is a liquid or semiliquid combination added to or served with food as it cooks. Sauces add flavor, moisture, texture, and color contrast to dishes because broccoli has often been known to have a bitter taste. A wide variety of sauces is made to mask some of that bitter taste.

Steaming is a simple technique to prepare vegetables without adding fat or calories while maintaining taste, color, and minerals. While steamed veggies do not require sauce to be delicious, a tasty sauce enhances the flavor of the vegetables and makes them even better.

Sauces can be served alongside steamed vegetables for dipping or drizzled over the vegetables. Serve steamed veggies and a variety of sauces on different plates for a memorable supper. Sauces can be made up to a day ahead of time.

Vinegar Sauce

Vinegar sauce is a light, simple sauce that gives steamed veggies a sweet, tangy Asian flavor. Combine seasoned rice vinegar, sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a mixing bowl to prepare vinegar sauce. To combine the ingredients, whisk them together thoroughly, then serve in a bowl for dipping.

This sauce complements a variety of veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, and bell peppers.

Sweet Mustard Sauce

The sweetness and tanginess of this sweet mustard sauce complement the tastes of the steamed veggies. Combine Dijon mustard, maple syrup, soy sauce, and freshly ground black pepper in a mixing bowl to create the sauce. Serve the sauce alongside steamed veggies such as carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower.

Cheese Sauce

The most acceptable kid-friendly side dish is broccoli with cheese sauce! Steamed broccoli with a creamy milk and cheese sauce made using pantry spices.

There’s no denying that cheesy Broccoli Casserole is one of the most extraordinary crowd-pleasing side dishes. With half the effort, this simple Broccoli in Cheese Sauce dish is just as cheesy and delicious.

There are various cheese sauces by knorr and other brands that all add their delicious touch to broccoli. Please don’t be scared to try them out!

Peanut Sauce

A sauce good enough to make you go nuts! A real growing trend is a peanut sauce with veggies. It adds an interesting nutty twist that is not overpowering at all!

It adds a smooth and creamy texture finish, and that will leave that everlasting memory in your head! You will either love it or be obsessed with it.

Peanut sauce is my one true passion in life, and this Cooking Light version is almost too incredible. Combine three tablespoons of reduced-fat creamy peanut butter, a tablespoon of rice vinegar, one tablespoon of reduced-sodium soy sauce, and one and a half spoons of toasted sesame seeds. If necessary, thin with a dash of water.

Meats That Go Well With Broccoli

This is a close look at a beef broccoli stir fry on a plate.

Brocolli pairs with almost every single meat; if there is a will – there’s a way and most definitely a recipe about it! You’d often find broccoli in a stir fry, roasted with meat, or even as a steamy side with meat.

Broccoli can be cooked in many different ways well with pork, chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, venison, and duck. Broccoli could be cooked by stirfry, steamed, grilled, roasted, sauteed, or blanched to go with the meat. It isn’t easy to find meat that does not pair well with broccoli.

I am particularly fond of beef with broccoli, a typical Chinese-American meal, for instance. Garlic, broth, soy sauce, lime juice, and Sriracha are all items that I have on hand in my kitchen at all times. You’ll want to use hoisin, a fermented bean paste, to give the meal a more distinctive Chinese-American flavor.

Here is a beef and broccoli stirfry recipe I like to use:

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup soy sauce (low sodium) split
  • Lime juice (1/2 lime)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch divided 3 tbsp. packed brown sugar, divided
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, finely cut against the grain
  • 2 tbsp. oil (vegetable)
  • Three garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha 1/3 cup low-sodium beef (or chicken) broth (optional)
  • One broccoli head, sliced into florets
  • Garnish with sesame seeds
  • Green onions thinly cut as a garnish

Instructions:

  1. 1/3 cup soy sauce, lime juice, one tablespoon brown sugar, and one tablespoon cornstarch, whisked together in a medium bowl. Season the meat with salt and pepper before tossing it to coat it evenly. Allow 20 minutes to marinate.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until charred, about 2 minutes on each side, in a single layer, working in batches if necessary. Remove the steak from the pan and put it aside.
  3. Stir in the garlic and simmer for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Stir in the remaining one tablespoon cornstarch until the garlic is evenly coated, then add the broth, two tablespoons of brown sugar, 1/3 cup soy sauce, and Sriracha. Bring the mixture to a low boil. Add the broccoli and cook until it’s soft about 5 minutes. Return the meat to the pan and season with salt and pepper (if required).
  4. Before serving, sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.

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