Sauteed Broccoli Romanesco

Our farmer’s market just closed down for the year. On one of the last weekends Carolyn brought home a great present – a head of Broccoli Romanesco. Broccoli Romanesco is actually closer to cauliflower than broccoli and is a bit more tender. It tastes pretty much the same as cauliflower but looks cooler. Being the good “food photo taker” that I am, I took a lot of photos.




The broccoli was nice and fresh, so I just boiled it for a little bit and then sauteed it with olive oil, garlic and salt. This preparation works great for almost all vegetables.

Sauteed Broccoli Romanesco with Garlic


  • 1 head of Broccoli Romanesco, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 good pinch of salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, pressed and mixed with 1 tbs water


  1. Bring some well-salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook the broccoli pieces until just tender, about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Drain the broccoli pieces and run under cold water until they are cool.
  4. Heat the oil in a sauté pan until it is a hot and begins to shimmer.
  5. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. It should start to smell good and garlicky.
  6. Now add the broccoli and a pinch of salt and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!


9 thoughts on “Sauteed Broccoli Romanesco

  1. Am going to try this. I love this vegetable, it’s visually exciting. In fact, it has the nickname of “Fractal broccoli” because it really is a wonderful example of natural fractals. Just bought some today at a farmer’s market in West Seattle.

  2. I have just made it with regular broccoli. It turned very good! Bravo! I also added some dried dill and habash to bring some zest and color.

  3. Just checked with the Whole Foods Market in my area, Louisville, Ky., and was told broccoli romanesco was a summer item and may carry it then.

    • Thanks for the update Nancy! They may not be popular enough to be grown year round or shipped from CA. Eating seasonally can be more fun though.

  4. Going to check out our World Foods store to see if they carry this interesting vegetable ! The recipe you show is extactly how I prepare broccoli rape, which I serve with home made cavatelli.

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