How Do You Cook Broccoli Rabe?

To cook broccoli rabe, clean the vegetable, prepare hot and cold baths, blanch the broccoli rabe, plunge it in ice water, saute garlic in olive oil, and cook the vegetable in the fragrant oil. Season the broccoli rabe with sea salt.

  1. Clean the broccoli rabe

    Rinse the broccoli rabe under running water. Cut off the bottom inch from the stem with a sharp knife. Discard these ends.

  2. Prepare the water

    Boil water in a large pot, adding a pinch of salt. Fill a large bowl with cold water, and add salt. Add ice cubes to the water.

  3. Blanch the broccoli rabe

    Once the water is boiling, drop the broccoli rabe inside. Let it boil until it is tender, between one to three minutes.

  4. Place the broccoli in the ice-water bath

    Use a slotted spoon to remove the broccoli rabe from the boiling water, and plunge it immediately in the bowl of ice water. Keep the vegetable in the water until it is cool.

  5. Slice the garlic

    While the broccoli rabe is cooling, slice three cloves of garlic very thinly.

  6. Heat up the olive oil

    Start heating a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of olive oil.

  7. Saute the garlic

    Add the garlic to the skillet once the oil is hot. Cook the garlic until it is golden and aromatic. Remove the garlic from the pan.

  8. Cook the broccoli rabe

    Add the broccoli rabe to the fragrant olive oil. Toss to coat it with oil. Cook until the broccoli rabe is heated through, about three to five minutes. Remove it from the oil, and season it with a pinch of salt.

Another way to prepare this dish is to steam rather than blanch the broccoli rabe. In this case, place the vegetable in the steamer, and cover it. Let the vegetable cook until it's tender, which typically takes five minutes. In a saucepan prepare the dressing, and drizzle it over the steamed broccoli rabe.

To roast broccoli rabe, toss the vegetable with oil and flavorings. Spread everything onto a sheet pan. Be careful to leave space so the broccoli rabe can roast. Bake in a 425 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes.

To grill broccoli rabe, again toss it with oil and seasonings. Place it on a hot grill rack, and cover. Cook the vegetable at medium heat for four to five minutes. Turn the pieces over, and grill for an additional three to four minutes.