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Sauteed broccoli with onion in bicarbonate of soda
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Learn how to sautee broccoli quickly without blanching

Learn how to sautee your broccoli quickly by using bicarbonate of soda. Your sauteed broccoli will be ready within no time! No blanching is required.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, anti-inflammatory, healthy, plant-based, Vegan
Diet: Diabetic, Vegan
Keyword: broccoli recipe, broccoli side dish, how to sautee broccoli, sauteed broccoli
Servings: 3 serving
Author: Githu
Cost: 4€


  • Heavy-based large pan
  • Chef's knife
  • Chopping board


  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp dry dill
  • 4 small red onions or 3 medium
  • 3-4 broccoli heads
  • 2 cold-pressed olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼(1.25ml) a very small amount of bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 cloves of garlic


  • Clean your veggies
  • Separate the broccoli florets from the stems. Don't leave any stems. Use them in a broth
  • Slice thinly the onions and grate the garlic cloves
  • On a heating pan put the seeds and dill. Let them cook to give their aroma for 2 mins
  • Add sliced onions and broccoli florets.
  • Toss and then add olive oil, sprinkle the broccoli with salt and a powdered bicarbonate of soda
  • Toss again to make sure the onions and broccoli are moving around the pan
  • Cover the pan, let the broccoli cook for about 3 mins then toss again
  • Cook for another 3 mins and toss
  • Cut off the heat, add the grated garlic, and cover so that the steam and heat from broccoli can slightly cook the garlic
  • Serve the sauteed broccoli once they have cool.


  • Bicarbonate will breakdown the structure of broccoli making them to sautee very fast. SO MAKE SURE TO USE JUST A LITTLE 
  • If you add too much bicarbonate, the broccoli will become mushy
  • Too much bicarbonate will also change the taste of broccoli
  • I use finely powdered bicarbonate of soda