Looking for easy broccoli recipes? The ideas below use a head of broccoli or long-stem broccoli – we also have purple sprouting broccoli recipes, asparagus recipes and best healthy veg recipes.


Whether you prefer long-stemmed broccoli or the chunkier variety, check out our ways to use this nutritious green vegetable. You'll find spicy noodles, stir-fries, pesto pasta, baked broccoli cheese and lots more.

Want expert advice for growing your own crop? Learn how to grow your own broccoli from our friends at Gardeners’ World.

When is broccoli in season?

Broccoli is at it's best from June to October. Although you can find it in the supermarket all year round.

Why we love broccoli

Broccoli is a brassica vegetable, along with cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale. Broccoli is incredibly versatile – it works wonderfully added raw to salads, blended into soups, roasted until lightly charred, tossed into spicy Asian-style dishes or enjoyed with creamy, cheesy sauces. Plus, it can be budget-friendly if you stick to a head of broccoli (long-stem varieties do tend to cost a little more).

Health benefits of broccoli

Studies suggest that eating broccoli may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and improve eye health. It's believed to help balance hormones and, as it supports a healthy gut, can help to improve your body's defence against infections.

Easy broccoli recipes

Broccoli stir-fry

Seasonal broccoli is combined with plenty of veg and flavoured with soy, ginger, garlic and chilli to make this zingy stir-fry dish.

See all our vegetarian stir-fries.

A white plate of broccoli, noodles and chilli with a pair of wooden chopsicks on a white background with a blue linen napkin

Thai-style broccoli fried rice

Think cauliflower rice, and then some. Packed with protein and low in calories, this speedy broccoli rice dish is full of exciting texture and flavour, with punchy chilli, zingy lime, crunchy veg and peanuts.

Give our classic egg fried rice a go.

Thai style broccoli fried rice in a bowl

Broccoli cheese

Swap cauliflower for broccoli and combine with tangy blue cheese in this comforting baked side dish, perfect for Sunday lunch.

Try our classic cauliflower cheese.

Broccoli cheese in a baking dish

Broccoli and mozzarella focaccia

If you haven’t tried broccoli in a sarnie before, now’s your chance. The green veg goes soft, squidgy and deeply satisfying in this salty, chewy focaccia, ideal for a springtime lunch.

We've got some game-changing sandwich recipes for you to enjoy.

Focaccia sandwiches filled with broccoli and mozzarella

Broccoli orecchiette with chilli sauce

The trick here is to steam the broccoli in seasoned olive oil and pasta water until mushy. It emulsifies into a wonderful sauce. It sounds weird but it really works.

Next on the menu: creamy salmon pasta.

Orecchiette with broccoli and chilli sauce

Broccoli pad thai

Make broccoli the star of this easy stir-fry recipe. Pad thai is quick to make for an easy midweek meal on the table in 25 minutes.

See all our top Thai recipes.

Pad Thai recipe with broccoli

Baked gnocchi with broccoli, blue cheese and walnuts

Blue cheese goes really well with the broccoli here, but you can adapt it to suit cheeseboard leftovers if you like. The recipe is really easy and ready in under an hour – perfect for a midweek meal.

Find more easy gnocchi recipes.

Gnocchi Bake with Broccoli and Cheese

Broccoli frittata with taleggio

Check out this super simple broccoli frittata recipe, it’s seriously cheesy yet surprisingly low in calories.

We've got lots of fantastic recipes for using up a box of eggs.

Broccoli and Taleggio Frittata Recipe

Broccoli soup with blue cheese croutons

Whip up this soup for a green veg fix. If you have any leftover stilton, you could use that here instead of the dolcelatte.

We have plenty more soup ideas, too.

A bowl of broccoli soup with cheese toasts

Honey chicken and broccoli stir-fry

Slather hunks of tender chicken breast in a sweet honey and sesame sauce and pair with long-stem broccoli. This easy stir-fry makes for a quick, protein-rich meal.

Discover more healthy chicken breast recipes.

Chicken breast piece in a honey-sesame sauce with long-stemmed broccoli

Roast broccoli wedges with kecap manis and peanuts

Use broccoli as a centrepiece and scatter with spring onions, salted peanuts and crispy onions for an umami-rich, vegan entertaining dish.

Got a bottle of kecap manis in the cupboard? Use it to make sticky soy aubergines on gingery peanut fried rice.

Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe with Kecap Manis and Peanuts

Broccoli and chilli beef stir-fry

No need to order from your local Chinese takeaway when you can rustle up this flavoursome beef stir-fry in less than 30 minutes. This recipe is not only quick and easy to make, it’s also low in calories, too.

More like this

See all our Chinese-style recipes.

Crispy chilli beef with broccoli

Kale and broccoli salad

Crisp and crunchy, this low-calorie salad pairs broccoli with creamy kefir dressing, while the toasted walnuts add a satisfying bite to the greens.

Browse our vegetarian salad recipes.

Kale and broccoli emerald salad with kefir dressing

One-pot pasta with anchovies and tenderstem broccoli

This one-pot pasta recipe is not only low calorie but low cost, too. It's simple and easy to put together; plus it's packed full of punchy flavours. If you don't have fusilli in your cupboard then wholemeal rotini works just as well.

You'll love our sausage and fennel one-pot pasta.

One Pot Pasta Recipe With Anchovies and Tenderstem Broccoli

Cauliflower and broccoli soup

Cosy, nourishing and packed with veg, this warming vegetarian soup recipe comes topped with golden-brown sourdough croutons.

Or try our easy tomato soup.

A bowl of broccoli soup with croutons on top

Japanese chicken and broccoli curry

Try this Japanese chicken curry with broccoli and mushrooms. Add white miso and soy sauce to your curry sauce for an umami-rich midweek meal.

Next, check out our chicken katsu curry.

Japanese Chicken Curry Recipe with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Rigatoni with broccoli

Our recipe for rigatoni with broccoli pesto is a great twist on a classic pesto and a good way to use up broccoli. What’s more, it’s vegetarian and ready in just 20 minutes – perfect for midweek. It’s a great way to get the kids eating their greens, too.

For more ideas, see our quick and easy pasta recipes.

Rigatoni with Broccoli Pesto Recipe

Spicy lamb noodles

Put leftover roast lamb to great work in this speedy noodle dish. Packed with sweet honey, salty soy and spicy harissa, it's full of complementary flavours.

See all our easy noodles recipes.

A frying pan filled dwith lamb, noodles, red pepper and green broccoli, on a blue background

Chorizo, broccoli and brown rice soup

This easy soup recipe uses chorizo, broccoli and brown rice to create a warm and hearty meal. It is easy to make and suitable for freezing if you want to make a big batch for later.

Next, try our delicious chorizo risotto.

Broccoli Soup With Chorizo

Broccoli pasta

Feeling healthy? This super-green broccoli pasta bowl recipe is easy, vegetarian, and ready in just 20 minutes – ideal for a midweek meal.

Give our fennel pasta and butternut squash a go.

Bowl of linguine with broccoli

Beef and broccoli fajitas

Fill your tortillas with our high-protein mix of sirloin steak, long-stemmed broccoli and roasted red peppers for a quick entertaining idea.

Check out our chicken fajitas.

Sirloin Steak Fajitas Recipe with Broccoli

Broccoli hollandaise tart

Ready-made hollandaise makes a great base for this broccoli puff pastry tart. Add smoked salmon or ham once it comes out of the oven, or serve topped with a poached egg for an impressive brunch or perfect Friday night treat with friends.

A rectangular puff pastry tart topped with long stemmed broccoli and toasted flaked almonds

Chargrilled broccoli and cauliflower with harissa

This recipe for chargrilled broccoli and cauliflower with harissa comes from Le Bab in London and makes a great veggie side dish.

Be inspired by our vegetarian side dishes.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Reciope with Harissa

Pea, broccoli and pesto ravioli

Six ingredients and just 20 minutes is all it takes to make a speedy, low-calorie pasta dinner for two.

Make your own sauce for this dish with our homemade pesto.

A blue bowl filled with ravioli and green vegetables

Broccoli soup with fried chickpeas

This broccoli soup, with fried chickpeas, creamy coconut and a kick of chilli, will become your new favourite. Ready in under an hour, it makes enough to serve the whole family. It also makes a wonderful lunch.

Make our sweet potato and chickpea curry.

Broccoli Soup Recipe with Chickpeas

Long-stemmed broccoli, grain tabbouleh and romesco sauce

A impressive side when you have vegan friends over for a festive feast. The sauce is made from almonds, roasted red peppers and garlic.

See more vegetarian dinner party ideas.

Easy Broccoli Recipe with Romesco Sauce

Malai broccoli

This vibrant veggie dish is served with a creamy makhani sauce, with the mustard oil adding a nutty and hot flavour. This recipe comes from London's Soho restaurant, Gunpowder.


See our fantastic vegetarian Indian recipes.

A whole green broccoli sat on an orange sauce on a white oval plate

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