How to Make Broccoli Taste Good

Broccoli and chili

Broccoli is a very versatile vegetable but can be very boring if not made with care. If you’re like me and trying to eat less meat and dairy then give this recipe a go.

Try to find this pepper spice – Aci pul Biber or Aleppo dried chilli flakes. This is the real winner in the recipe.

Broccoli and chili

How to make broccoli taste good

A decent side dish that makes a great vegan alternative, is super quick to make and very delicious.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2


  • Pasta strainer/colander
  • Mesh strainer or something to scoop hot vegetables out of boiling water


  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 tsp aci pul biber pepper flakes Aleppo dried chilli works great too
  • 1 small handful golden raisins
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 whole lemon, zested


  • First bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil
  • In a small saucepan combine olive oil, chilli, lemon zest, garlic and raisins. Gently heat until garlic starts to sizzle and raisins swell up. Cook out to get rid of the raw garlic taste but do not burn the garlic. Remove from heat and let it chill out so the flavours continue to extract into the oil. Now you have an incredible flavoured oil.
    garlic, raisins and chlli
  • Cut the broccoli away from the stem and into bite-sized pieces.
  • When the water is boiling, blanche the broccoli for about 1 minute making sure the water is always boiling. Keeping the water boiling and salted prevents green vegetables from turning grey.
  • When the broccoli is cooked remove from the hot water and drain well. Immediately toss the hot broccoli in the flavoured oil and serve on a big sharing plate.
Keyword aleppo chili, broccoli, dairy free, garlic, gluten free, lekker, plant-based, side dishes, vegan, vegetarian



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