What Goes With Broccoli

13 Amazing Broccoli Pairings For You To Try

· September 14, 2022

Broccoli Pairings

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Broccoli. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Anchovy

    E.g. Broccoli cooked forever.The idea of overcooked broccoli is hardly appetizing but Roy Finanmore argues you're simply not overcooking it enough with his surprising recipe which was so good it was featured in the book "The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks".

    His recipe calls for anchovies, peppers and garlic to be friend in a skillet with a whole cup of olive oil. He then adds pre blanched florets of broccoli to the skillet and then cooks it covered on a very low heat for 2 whole hours (hence the name "forever") so the florets soak up the anchovy flavored oil.

    Amanda Hesser, the author of the book, writes:

    ... when you push beyond that disappointing just-too-done state (and throw in a whole lot of olive oil bubbling hazily with garlic, anchovy, and hot peppers), you find yourself with a miraculous substance.

    Describing the end result, she says:

    I want to call the result broccoli butter, but it's more appropriately broccoli confit. The florets trap all the oil's richness, and the stems melt away. Amanda Hesser - "The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks".

    This buttery soul food is great spooned onto fresh bread, layered over pasta or as a topping for pizza.

  • Beef

    E.g. Chinese beef and broccoli stir-fry.Beef and broccoli stir fry is one of the most popular dishes in American Chinese restaurants. It’s a simple mix of thinly sliced beef, fresh broccoli florets, oyster sauce, and ginger.

  • Cauliflower

    E.g. Steamed broccoli and cauliflower .Both of the vegetables are similar in texture and have a roundness to their flavours. However, whist broccoli exhibits undertones of bitter iron flavours, cauliflower is sweeter and milder. They're commonly steamed and served as sides to a roast with gravy and potatoes.

  • Prawn

    Why this pairing works:My wife ordered a seafood pizza tonight for a lazy night in front of the TV. I wasn't expecting to discover any big flavor revelations with a simple pizza but I got a pleasant surprise from one of the slices which had prawns and broccoli with a white stew sauce.

    The sweet prawns and broccoli really went well together so much so they almost blended into one another perfectly. It's quite amazing how much these two sweet flavors have in common. It was only the broccoli's slightly bitter end notes which helped me to distinguish between the two.

    The pairing felt quite delicate and my hunch is you might miss the good parts if you aren't careful when adding other stronger flavors. A little bit of butter and garlic would probably be enough to enjoy these two.