How to Cook Broccoli & Carrots Together

Broccoli and carrots make a nutritious, easily prepared side dish. Together, they are rich in vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Broccoli adds folic acid, calcium and cancer-fighting properties to the mix. Wash the vegetables first. Soak broccoli, then rinse it. Scrub and peel the carrots. Cut the broccoli florets off, then cut off the top 1 to 2 inches of stem. Cut the florets and stems into bite-size pieces and slice the carrots any way you like. Cooking times are approximate, depending on how crunchy you want the cooked broccoli and carrots. Stated times are for a standard tender-crisp preparation.

Steamed

Step 1

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Place the steamer basket in the pot, making sure no water rises up into the basket. If it does, pour out a little of the water.

Step 2

Reduce the heat to medium. Place the broccoli stems and carrots in the steamer basket. Cover the pot and cook for five minutes.

Step 3

Add the broccoli florets to the steamer basket. Cover the saucepan and cook for an additional five minutes.

Step 4

Remove the steamer basket from the pot. Let the broccoli and carrots drip-dry, then transfer them to a serving dish. Top with butter or seasonings, to taste, if desired.

Boiled

Step 1

Fill a medium saucepan with enough lightly salted water to fully submerge the broccoli and carrots. Bring it to a boil over high heat.

Step 2

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the broccoli stems and carrots to the water. Cover the pot and cook for two minutes.

Step 3

Put the broccoli florets into the water. Cover the saucepan again and continue cooking the vegetables for another five minutes.

Step 4

Strain the broccoli and carrots and let them drip-dry. Put them in a serving dish, topping them with butter or desired seasonings, if you like.

Braised

Step 1

Put 1/2 cup of vegetable or chicken stock and 2 tbsp. of butter in a large pan. You can use water, if you don't have stock. Bring the liquid to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 2

Add the carrots and broccoli stems to the pan and put the lid on. Cook for three minutes.

Step 3

Put the broccoli florets into the pan, re-cover it and cook the vegetables for another two minutes.

Step 4

Remove the lid from the pan. Continue cooking the broccoli and carrots until the remaining liquid fully evaporates.

Step 5

Move the vegetables to a serving dish. Add any desired seasonings.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup water

  • Medium saucepan with lid

  • Steamer basket

  • Serving dish

  • Butter

  • Seasonings

  • Salt

  • Strainer

  • 1/2 cup vegetable or chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp. butter

  • Large pan with lid

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