Isn’t broccoli your thing? Maybe all you need is the right spices with your broccoli to change your whole opinion. Spice can change the entire taste of a vegetable, and broccoli is not any different.
If you like your broccoli just as it is with no salt and no spices, congratulations, you are a freak of nature!
The method you use to cook your broccoli will determine which spice you need to use. Fresh garlic and steamed broccoli do not mix as well as steamed broccoli, salt, and dried herbs. Grilled broccoli, on the other hand, mixes well with entirely different spices than steamed broccoli.
Broccoli and spices are much simpler than it sounds. You need to know when to use what seasoning on your broccoli. Maybe this guide is all you need to get those broccoli haters in your life to eat these green superfoods.
What Spices Goes with Broccoli?
Broccoli is a highly versatile vegetable. You can spice it up with almost anything. I won’t advise you to put cinnamon on your broccoli.
The method you use to cook your broccoli has an impact on the spices you use. Here are a few spices that won’t disappoint your broccoli dish.
|Basil||Basil is a sweet herb and compliments the freshness and sweetness of broccoli.|
|Black Pepper||Broccoli has a grassy taste. Adding some pepper to it will take away the neutral taste.|
|Dill||Do you like the grassy taste of broccoli? You can enhance this taste by adding some dill.|
|Ginger||Ginger has a distinguished taste, so if you don’t like the taste of ginger, it won’t make your broccoli taste any better.|
|Garlic salt||Garlic salt, as well as fresh garlic, will add that much-needed earthiness to your broccoli.|
|Red Pepper Flakes||Let’s be honest, the taste of broccoli can be a bit boring. Adding red pepper flakes to broccoli will add a much-needed zing.|
Not that we have established a short guideline of spices that can complement broccoli. Let’s look at when and how to use them.
What Spices Goes with Steamed Broccoli?
Steamed broccoli is the most natural form to consume broccoli in, except raw and blanched, of course. As mentioned before, broccoli has a pure and earthy taste. Adding the right spices to your steamed broccoli can make it delicious.
Steamed broccoli with delicious spices:
Steamed broccoli (2 cups)
Minced garlic (1tsp)
Lemon zest (1/4 tsp)
Parsley (1/2 tsp)
Red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp)
Add your steamed broccoli to a medium-sized bowl, drizzle with olive oil. Add the lemon zest, minced garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Mix well and serve with goats’ cheese or Danish feta.
Other spices that can be added to steamed broccoli is:
- Black pepper
- Italian herbs
Steamed broccoli, not your thing? No worries, grilled broccoli is also a delicious part of any dish.
What Spices Goes with Grilled Broccoli?
Whether you are grilling your broccoli in a pan, the oven, or on the BBQ, grilled broccoli can be delicious if spiced correctly. More potent spices can be added to grilled broccoli as the earthy taste of broccoli is highlighted when it is grilled.
This recipe can be done in the oven or on the BBQ.
Olive oil (1/4 tbsp)
Garlic (2 cloves)
Parsley (1 tsp)
Cumin (1/2 tsp)
Preheat your grill to medium heat.
Place small broccoli trees on a greased baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Grill for approx. 4minitues before adding all the spices and herbs. Grill for a further 4minitues.
Grilled spiced broccoli can be served with freshly squeezed lemon juice. When grilling your broccoli on the BBQ, more spices can be added during the grilling process so that the flavors get locked in on the fire.
Suppose you are an absolute broccoli head, brave enough to eat them blanched or raw. I have you covered.
Spices that Go with Blanched or Raw Broccoli
Blanched broccoli can be consumed as is or added to a delicious salad. Broccoli salad can be made in various ways, and many different spices can be added to change the taste completely.
Broccoli salad is my favorite form of consuming broccoli. The right spices can make it even more delicious. My broccoli salad has nothing extravagant to it, but the recipe never disappoints. Let me share my secret to the most amazing broccoli salad with you.
Broccoli (2 lbs.)
Bacon (approx. 9 strips)
Mayo (1 ½ cups)
Condensed milk (2 tbsp)
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Gouda (10.58 oz)
Lemon and pepper seasoning
Raisins (1/2 cup) optional.
First, boil water in a pot. In another large bowl, get some ice water ready. Place your broccoli heads into the boiling water for approx. 4minutes. Immediately transfer them into the ice water and let them sit for 30 seconds.
Remove them from the ice water and place them on a paper towel to drain.
Dice the Gouda into bite-size pieces.
Fry your bacon until crispy and cut it into bite-size pieces.
Prepare your sauce by placing the mayo into a small bowl and mixing in the condensed milk, salt, and pepper.
When your broccoli is drained from all excess liquid, cut it into the size pieces you desire.
In a large bowl, mix the cheese, bacon, and broccoli. Add the remaining spices and sauce. Place in the fridge for eight hours or overnight.
The secret to blanched broccoli is that the broccoli should still be crunchy. Adding the right spices to blanched broccoli will pleasantly surprise you.
Broccoli is versatile and can be spiced with almost anything. It is important to take note of how the different spices will be highlighted in your broccoli dish. Grilled broccoli can handle a bit more spice than blanched broccoli.
Use some of these recipes and tips to convert those broccoli haters into your life.
Happy, healthy cooking!
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