Broccoli (choose a head with sturdy florets and a thick stem)
1 large head
Wash the broccoli well.
Cut the florets into large bite-sized pieces. Make some vertical slits into the stems if they are thick. Peel off the tough stringy sections of the main stem and cut the stem vertically into pieces.
Add 1 cm of water to the pot. First place the stem pieces into the pot, and then place the florets in. Try to make sure that they do not get covered by the water. A small pot is best.
Cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat to medium. Don't add salt. Once steam is escaping from the lid, lower the heat to low and steam for 2 minutes.
Stop the heat and let sit while covered for 1 more minute. Remove the lid and drain the water.
Place the broccoli on a plate and let them cool naturally. Don't rinse with water!
This is the method I always use when I'm boiling broccoli that I have picked myself (4 cm thick stem, 18 cm around the head.) This was a pretty big head of broccoli.
I used an 18 cm pot. Use in various dishes.
Story Behind this Recipe
I love broccoli so I was trying out simple boiling methods. This method requires barely any water so it's more like steaming. With this method, you can really taste the difference in broccoli from varying regions and farms. Even my kindergarten-aged daughter could tell the difference.
Steps 4-5: The amount of time to cook will vary depending on the size of the broccoli. If you want to use the broccoli in stew etc., then remove the lid right after stopping the heat. If you are making these for small children, then leave the lid on for 2 more minutes after turning off the heat.