How to Make Broccoli Taste Good

This NB takes boring ol’broccoli to a new level of NOM with a quick easy recipe.

You’ll also discover why this recipe is not only tasty, but has health benefits, too.

Broccoli is undeniably nutritious, but its strong taste and texture can be a deal-breaker for many, especially children.

However, with the right combination of flavors, you can transform this green powerhouse into a dish that’s both delectable and brimming with health benefits.

I eat a LOT of broccoli since it’s easy to get frozen, is fast to cook and is super versatile.

Still, you can become bored with it quickly, unless you are creative!

Below is a recipe I use to give my boring old broccoli some “umami”. And it’s TASTY!

It uses: unfortified nutritional yeast, sesame oil, avocado oil, garlic salt, gluten-free soy sauce, and dried garlic pieces, all of which not only elevate the taste of broccoli but also offer their own unique health benefits.

1. Broccoli: This green vegetable is a member of the cruciferous family, which includes cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.

Health benefits include:
– Rich in vitamins C, K, and A.
– High in dietary fiber, which supports digestive health.
-Contains compounds that may have anti-cancer properties, such as sulforaphane.

2. Unfortified Nutritional Yeast: Often used as a cheese substitute in vegan cooking, it’s more than just a flavor enhancer.

Nutritional yeast is:
– A complete protein, meaning it provides all nine essential amino acids.
– High in B vitamins, though it’s essential to note that unfortified versions won’t contain added B12.
– Offers a cheesy, umami flavor without added dairy or gluten.

Why unfortified? I prefer to not have synthetic vitamins in my nooch. [More about why unfortified is a better choice in our recent article]

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3. Sesame Oil: Distinctly aromatic, this oil adds a rich, nutty flavor to dishes.

Health benefits include:
– High in antioxidants, which can help fight oxidative stress.
– Contains sesamol, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
– Source of healthy unsaturated fats.

4. Avocado Oil: Mild in flavor, this oil compliments the taste of other ingredients without overpowering them, adding a ‘buttery’ addition:

– Rich in monounsaturated fats, which are heart-healthy.
– High in lutein, an antioxidant beneficial for eye health.
– Excellent for cooking at high temperatures due to its high smoke point.

5. Garlic Salt: A blend of garlic and salt, it’s a quick way to add a punch of flavor. And of course…

– Garlic can boost the immune system and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
– May help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
– Contains allicin, which has been linked to a range of health benefits.

6. Gluten-free Soy Sauce: Adds depth and umami without gluten. Plus…

– Contains antioxidant properties.
– Good source of some essential minerals, including manganese, phosphorus, and iron.
– Offers the savory depth of traditional soy sauce without triggering gluten sensitivities.

7. Dried Chopped Garlic: For those who adore garlic, dried garlic can amplify the flavor without the prep. Plus you get:

– Concentrated flavor means a little goes a long way.
– Retains many of the health benefits of fresh garlic, including its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.

Of course, fresh or even frozen garlic is good, too. I just like the crunch!

Bringing it All Together

By combining these ingredients, you’re not just creating a dish that makes broccoli taste good; you’re also ensuring that every bite is packed with health benefits.

Here’s a simple recipe to get you started:

Note: This is very much a ‘to taste’ recipe. I just sprinkle as I go, so adjust according to what suits your palette.

Umami Broccoli Bowl


2-3 cups broccoli
¼ cup unfortified nutritional yeast
2 TB sesame oil
1 TB avocado oil
1/2 TSP garlic salt
1-2 TB gluten free soy sauce
1 TSP dried garlic pieces

Proper Cooking Method:

1. Steam broccoli until just tender.
2. In a large pan, heat avocado oil and add the steamed broccoli.
3. Drizzle with sesame oil, gluten-free soy sauce, and sprinkle with garlic salt and dried garlic pieces.
4. Toss until well-coated and heated through.
5. Before serving, sprinkle generously with nutritional yeast for a cheesy finish.

Lazy-Gal’s Cooking Method:

1. Cook the broccoli
2. Sprinkle on the nooch and mix.
3. Add the rest of your ingredients and mix well.

Ha, ha! That’s literally how I do it and it tastes great!


Whichever way you prepare it, you have a broccoli dish that is not only delectable but also brimming with nutrients.

For added nutrition and protein, add a handful of peanuts and of cashews. A sprinkle of celtic sea salt goes down well, too!

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