This pan fried broccoli recipe is simple, easy, quick, and the best pan roasted broccoli. The broccoli is tender, yet crisp, packed full of flavor, and delicious. Serve this healthy vegetable side dish with sirloin steak, chicken, fish, potatoes, pasta, rice, or any other food of your choice. Learn how to cook broccoli in a pan.
Pan Fried Broccoli Recipe
This pan fried broccoli recipe is so simple that even kids can make it under supervision.
It is quick and ready in less than 10 minutes. Not only that, the broccoli is packed full of flavor, tender, delicious, and healthy.
Broccoli is a green vegetable that is a good source of fiber, high in protein, vitamin C, and other nutrients so It makes a healthy side dish. It is also budget-friendly, easily available in grocery stores, and a popular side dish loved by many.
This fried broccoli recipe is simple and perfect. You get tender, and crisp broccoli with minimal effort. It's about to be your favorite way of cooking broccoli in a pan.
When you need to quickly cook broccoli, frying pan broccoli is the way to go!
Pan frying broccoli is a simple, stress free method of cooking it plus you get great outcomes. A trial will convince you.
This pan fried broccoli recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant based, and dairy free. Let me show you how to pan fry broccoli
Related: Boiled broccoli
The detailed ingredient list, measurements, and directions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Salt and pepper
How To Pan Fry Broccoli
Here's how to fry broccoli in a pan:
Cut the broccoli into medium size florets.
Rinse the broccoli and drain.
Place a pan on medium heat then add olive oil.
Add the broccoli florets to the pan, add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable stock or water then cover the pan with a lid.
Cook broccoli for 3 minutes with the pan covered to trap in steam (the steam softens the broccoli).
After 3 minutes, take the lid off the pan
add any seasoning of your choice (optional), then pan fry broccoli uncovered till they are crisp.
Take off heat and serve.
Pan fried broccoli and cauliflower- Cut the cauliflower into florets, rinse and drain. Add it to the pan at the same time with the broccoli. Cook as above. Take off heat and serve.
Honey broccoli- If you want it sweet and caramelized, add honey to the broccoli in the last minute or two before taking it off heat.
Asian style- Add soy sauce and sesame oil to the broccoli towards the end of the cooking.
How Long To Pan Fry Broccoli
This depends on the size of the florets and quantity. Based on cutting it into medium size florets, how long to pan fry broccoli is 5-8 minutes.
Broccoli is fried when the inside is tender, and the outer crisp. Check for doneness by sticking a fork into one. If it goes in without resistance then it's tender and cooked. Avoid overcooking, you want the broccoli to still be green by the time it's cooked.
What To Serve With Pan Fried Broccoli
Pan fried broccoli is a side dish that is versatile and can be served with many dishes some of which are recommended below:
Boiled potatoes, air fryer sliced potatoes, air fryer baby potatoes
Creamy tomato pasta, ground beef pasta
Garlic chicken, air fryer bone in chicken
How To Store
To store fried broccoli, you should let it cool completely before packing it in an airtight container, or Ziploc then store it in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
It can be reheated in the pan, microwave, oven or air fryer.
To reheat in a pan- Place a pan on medium heat, when heated, add the broccoli and stir fry till it's heated through.
Reheating in the microwave- Put broccoli on a microwave-safe plate, put it in the microwave, and microwave at high settings at 30 seconds intervals till broccoli is warmed through.
Tips For Making Fried Broccoli
No, you don't have to boil it before frying, however, it's best to steam it for a few minutes in the pan while frying so you get tender, crisp broccoli. Follow this recipe for perfectly fried broccoli.
Frying broccoli is quick and easy. You fry broccoli in a skillet on the stovetop. Follow these step-by-step directions for the best results.
I will say pan frying. It's easy and quick, and you get perfectly cooked broccoli. Sauteeing, steaming, boiling, air frying, and roasting are some other methods of cooking broccoli.
Steam frying is best. This is a process of steaming in a skillet before frying. That's the method I used in this fried broccoli recipe.
Yes, this method of frying broccoli is healthy as it uses just a tablespoon of oil. Broccoli is high in nutrients and protein.
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Pan Fried Broccoli Recipe
- Chopping board
- 1 head Broccoli
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- Black pepper to taste
- Cut the broccoli into medium size florets.
- Rinse the broccoli and drain.
- Place a pan on medium heat then add olive oil.
- Add the broccoli florets to the pan, add 1-2 tablespoons of vegetable stock or water then cover the pan with a lid.
- Cook broccoli for 3 minutes with the pan covered to trap in steam (the steam softens the broccoli).
- After 3 minutes, take the lid off the pan, add any seasoning of your choice (optional), then pan fry broccoli uncovered till they are crisp.
- Take off the heat and serve.
- Cut the broccoli into similar size florets.
- You can cut the broccoli into florets a day before and cook them the next day as long as you store them in the fridge.
- Don't overcrowd the skillet so it cooks evenly.
- Don't omit the water as the broccoli need to steam first to get tender before frying crisp.
- Cook until tender and still green. Don't overcook.
- You can season with vegetable seasoning if you wish.
- Make it buttery and garlicky by adding garlic butter.
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