This post shares an easy, step-by-step guide for how to grow broccoli sprouts from broccoli seeds. It only takes a few days to grow your own superfood sprouts!

brocolli sprouts on a white plate with purple flowers around

Sprouting at Home

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can easily learn how to grow broccoli sprouts from broccoli seeds. Broccoli sprouts do not come from a regular head of broccoli, but from little broccoli seeds that you can purchase.

The best part about sprouting broccoli is that you don’t need to have a green thumb or any dirt whatsoever. All you need are a few tools to start sprouting broccoli seeds right on your kitchen countertop.

Health Benefits

Broccoli sprouts contain sulphoraphane that has research behind it showing its cancer-fighting properties. It is a powerful antioxidant that we should be consuming as often as possible.

Step-by-Step Sprouting Guide

The simplest method to grow sprouts at home is to use a Mason jar with a strainer lid. Another easy method is to use a Sproutamo Easy Sprout Sprouter that is absolutely perfect for broccoli sprouts.

sproutamo easy sprouting sprouter

Day 1: Soak the Broccoli Seeds

To get started, you’ll need to soak your broccoli seeds in a small bowl filled with water. This helps prepare the seeds to sprout. Put the bowl in a dark space for at least 12 hours to soak. 

broccoli seeds in water in small bowl

Day 2: Transfer Seeds to Sprouting Vessel

After you have soaked the seeds, it’s time to rinse them and transfer them to your sprouting vessel.

For the next 48 hours, you’ll need to keep the sprouts in a cool, dark place, such as a dark pantry or a kitchen cabinet. You’ll also need to rinse the sprouts at least 3 times a day. That’s when the Easy Sprouter comes in really handy. It has a built-in strainer so all you have to do is hold it under the kitchen sink to rinse the sprouts.

day 1 seeds in sprouter

Days 2-4: Sprout & Rinse

After about 24 hours of being in the sprouting vessel, you’ll see that the sprouts will start to form, although they will be more yellow than green until you reach the last step.

1st few days of sprouting

Day 4 or 5: Move the Sprouting Vessel Out of the Dark

Once the sprouts have reached about a half-inch to full-inch in length, it’s time to move the sprouting vessel out of the dark and expose it to some sun. This will be around day 4 or 5 of the sprouting process.

We don’t want to put the vessel in direct sunlight, but just in some nice indirect light for about 12 more hours. This will help develop the lovely green color that broccoli sprouts should have.

sprouts almost fully grown

Day 5: Harvest the Sprouts

The last step is to harvest your sprouts. They should be fully grown and nice and green. All you have to do to harvest them is give them one really good final rinse and transfer them to a glass bowl with a lid.

Store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 more days. If you’re looking for broccoli sprout recipes or how to eat broccoli sprouts, then I’ve got you covered too.

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FAQs 

What is the white fuzz that looks like mold?

You should know that the little fuzzy parts of the sprouts are totally normal. They’re micro “hairs” meant to help draw moisture into the sprout, and it’s not mold.

That said, you should let your nose tell you if your sprouts have gone moldy. Any kind of sour smell is not normal and means that they’re probably not safe to eat. I’ve only had this happen once in about fifty times, but it can happen.

Where can I buy broccoli sprouts?

If you don’t want to grow them at home, you can most often buy broccoli sprouts at natural food grocers or at your local farmers’ market. But, they are usually really expensive. It is much more cost-effective to grow broccoli sprouts at home!

How long does it take to grow broccoli sprouts?

Taking into account both the soaking time (12 hours) and sprouting time (3 days), you’re looking at a total of about 3 1/2 – 5 days days.

How long do the sprouts last after they’re finished growing?

You can keep them in the fridge for about a week after you harvest them.

What do broccoli sprouts taste like?

They are slightly spicy but they don’t have a super strong flavor. Check out my list of ways to eat broccoli sprouts

How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts in Your Kitchen from Carrie on Living | www.cleaneatingkitchen.comHere’s my printable instruction sheet:

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white plate with sprouts on a white background

How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts


  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 days
  • Total Time: 120 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This post shares an easy, step-by-step guide for how to grow broccoli sprouts from broccoli seeds. It only takes a few days to grow your own superfood sprouts!


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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons broccoli seeds
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Soak the broccoli seeds overnight in a small bowl with filtered water.
  2. Transfer the seeds to a sprouting vessel and place in a dark, well-ventilated room.
  3. Rinse the broccoli seeds daily.
  4. Move the broccoli sprouts out of the dark once the seeds have started to sprout and grow (on about the 3rd or 4th day).
  5. Harvest the broccoli sprouts once they reach the desired length after about the 4th or 5th day.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Sprouting jar
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: sprouted broccoli seeds, how to sprout broccoli, broccoli sprout guide

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