Broccoli doesn’t always have to be steamed and served plain (in other words, boring). Try these six easy ways Chowhounds like to liven up this weeknight vegetable:

1. Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli is a crowd-pleaser. – pagesinthesun

2. Toast a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, chopped garlic, lemon rind, Aleppo pepper, and salt, then sprinkle it on steamed broccoli. – JungMann

3. Using a mortar and pestle, mash a few anchovies and a clove of garlic, then mix in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, and toss with steamed broccoli. – Isolda

4. Heston Blumenthal’s high-heat broccoli recipe yields concentrated flavor in five minutes. – twyst

5. Finely chop broccoli and microwave for 30 seconds, then toss with dried cranberries and toasted almonds and dress with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. – PBandT

6. Whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, and garam masala then drizzle over cooked broccoli. – prima

Discuss: super-delicious, super-flavourful broccoli recipe?

Photo of CHOW’s Roasted Broccoli Bagna Cauda by Chris Rochelle /

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