To some people, grilling season is all about the meat, but don’t forget those delicious and healthy veggies! Even my picky daughter loves when I cook broccoli on the Blackstone griddle…
Broccoli has a bad reputation and many people say they don’t like it.
But if you ask me, they just haven’t tasted it when it’s cooked the right way. Sure, if you just boil or microwave your broccoli its not going to taste that great. But if you grill or cook broccoli on a Blackstone flat-top griddle it’s a whole other story.
By cooking broccoli on a grill or griddle you’ll add a delicious char that transforms it from a boring vegetable no one wants to touch to a superstar side dish your guests will fight over.
Try it once and you’ll be hooked!
This is so easy you’re going to kick yourself for never trying it before. Here’s how I do it step-by-step:
How Do You Cook Broccoli On The Blackstone Griddle?
- Cut broccoli florets off the stem and rinse them under running water to remove any dirt
- Let them sit on paper towels to dry and then toss into a bowl
- Add a few tablespoons of olive oil and then toss with kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste. If you want a little kick, add a few flakes of crushed red pepper
- Pre-heat your griddle to medium-high heat
- Spread a tablespoon of oil on the griddle and add the broccoli
- Let cook until tender (about 10 to 12 minutes), tossing regularly with a metal spatula so all sides cook evenly. Add additional oil if needed
- Remove broccoli from the griddle, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve
Pretty easy, huh?
And you cook this broccoli as a healthy side with almost any dish. I personally love to add it to my Blackstone fried rice.
Now let’s talk about about a few simple hacks and variations for cooking broccoli on a Blackstone…
Pro Hacks For Griddling Broccoli
An optional step when cooking broccoli on a Blackstone is to partially pre-cook it. Just steam your broccoli on the stove for 3 or 4 minutes and then blanch it in cold water before seasoning. It will cook faster on the griddle and you’ll get a more tender texture.
Of course, if you prefer a nice crunch to your broccoli you can skip this step.
One of the best parts of cooking at home is that there are so many variations you can try instead of sticking to the recipe word for word. Personally I love parmesan cheese on broccoli, but if you want something a little lighter you can always skip the cheese and squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top.
If you’re in the mood for a little Asian flavor, pour a little teriyaki or soy sauce on your broccoli while it’s cooking.
And try mixing in other veggies too. Sliced onions are amazing with broccoli and you can cook them all together.
Now, let’s talk about that broccoli stem. You probably just cut off the florets and toss the stem in the trash don’t you? It’s okay you can admit it.
Instead of trashing the stem, take out your handy-dandy grater and get to work. Broccoli stems are a perfect addition to salads and stews, or you can use them in a slaw with fish tacos. Check out this blogger’s suggestions for more ways to use broccoli stems.
How Long Does Cooked Broccoli Last In The Fridge Or Freezer?
Properly stored, leftover cooked broccoli will last about 3 to 5 days in the fridge. You should store it in airtight containers or a resealable plastic bag. The more air gets to it the sooner it will go bad.
If you won’t be eating it within a few days, you should freeze your leftover broccoli. Cooked broccoli can be frozen for up to 6 months before it starts to lose quality.
How to tell if cooked broccoli is bad? For starters, do not taste it. Use your eyes and nose instead. Discard it if it looks slimy or has an off smell.
When in doubt, throw it out.
How To Reheat Broccoli
If you have leftover broccoli in the freezer the best way to defrost it is slowly in the fridge. Once defrosted (or if it was just stored in the fridge for a couple of days) you can lightly saute it in a frying pan with a little cooking oil. It only takes a couple of minutes to heat up and you’ll maintain a nice crispy texture.
In a pinch you can always use the microwave, but be prepared for some limp and mushy leftovers.
- 2 pounds fresh broccoli
- 3 tablespoons cooking oil
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 garlic cloves (pressed)
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Preheat the Blackstone griddle to medium-high (about 400 F to 425 F).
- Use a knife to cut the florets from the stem.
- Pour the oil on the grill and spread with a spatula. Add the broccoli and sprinkle on the salt, and red pepper flakes.
- Let the broccoli cook for 5 minutes, then add the freshly pressed garlic and toss with a spatula.
- Drizzle additional oil if needed abnd let cook for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the broccoli from the griddle and serve while warm.