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broccoli ready to be frozen

How to Freeze Broccoli

If you have an abundance of broccoli in your kitchen, then you can use this guide for how to freeze broccoli. Frozen broccoli florets can be used in a variety of ways, including in smoothies!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 head of broccoli, broken into florets.


  1. Bring a large pot of water to simmer.
  2. Once your water is simmering, add the broccoli florets to the pot. Let them simmer for about 3 minutes.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the broccoli to a bowl filled with ice and water. Let the broccoli cool in the ice bath for about 2 minutes.
  4. Use your slotted spoon to transfer the broccoli florets from the water bath to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Place your baking sheet in the freezer for at least 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  6. Remove the baking sheet and transfer the frozen broccoli florets to a zip top bag.


  1. Store frozen broccoli in the freezer for up to several months. When you’re ready to use it, just remove it from the bag.
  2. You can throw frozen broccoli into a smoothie, or you can roast or steam frozen broccoli to eat as a healthy side dish. 
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop and freezer
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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