How to Grill Broccoli

Today, we’ll be taking a look at how to grill vegetables in a way that makes them taste not just good, but absolutely delicious. Just to show how serious we are, we’ll even use fresh broccoli as the star of our show. Let’s not waste any time in exploring how to grill broccoli.

Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table.

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

Grilled broccoli prepped ingredients on wooden cutting board.
Glass bowls with oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes on wooden board.
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Step #2. Chop the Broccoli

Broccoli head on wooden cutting board.

Chop broccoli and broccolini into smaller individual pieces (but not so small that they will fall through the grill grates).

Chopped broccoli on wooden cutting board.

Step #3. Prepare the Marinade

Glass bowls with oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes on wooden board.

In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper together.

Glass bowls with oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes on wooden board.

Step #4. Marinate the Broccoli

Broccoli in a glass dish with marinade.

Place the broccoli pieces into a dish. Drizzle the dressing over the broccoli and toss to coat. Let it sit to marinate for 20 minutes. Reserve the leftover dressing for basting.

Broccoli in a glass dish with marinade.
Broccoli in a glass dish with marinade.

Step #5. Grill the Broccoli

Broccoli on the bbq.

Heat an outdoor BBQ to medium heat. Grill broccoli until fork-tender (around 10 minutes) – flipping them every 2 to 3 minutes and brushing with the reserved dressing as they are grilling so they don’t get too dry.

Broccoli on the bbq.
Broccoli on the bbq.
Broccoli on the bbq.

Remember to flip them occasionally and brush with the leftover dressing.

Broccoli on the bbq.
Broccoli on the bbq.

Step #6. Take the Broccoli off the Grill

Grilled broccoli on blue plate.

Transfer the broccoli from the grill to a serving dish.

Grilled broccoli on blue plate.

Step #7. Serve the Grilled Broccoli

Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table.

Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds and more crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table.
Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table.

Vegetables are possibly one of the most despised foods in the world. Even as adults, many of us still don’t enjoy eating them, doing so more out of habit or a general concern for health than actual flavor.

This truly is tragic, though. Just like any other food, vegetables have the potential to be just as delicious as anything else we put on our plates. Why do people hate them so much, then?

That answer usually comes down to how your vegetables are cooked. When you cook vegetables by boiling them, much of the flavor gets leached out in the water and the vegetables themselves turn to mush.

Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table.
Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table.

With this recipe, you’ll now be able to make broccoli on the grill that tastes almost as good as the steak you’ll be serving it up beside. With a simple marinade and good technique, you’ve elevated one of the most despised vegetables out there into a true flavor sensation.

Grilled broccoli on dish and wooden table, plants in the background.

The key is truly in the cook. When you roast vegetables, they undergo what’s called the Maillard reaction. This happens when the sugars and amino acids in food comes in contact with high heat, caramelizing them to deepen their flavor and give them that distinctive brown and burnished color.

Are you planning to try our grilled broccoli at your next cookout? Have we even changed your mind on the vegetable itself? Let us know down below.

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