This broccoli mash recipe takes about 10 minutes to make and will blow your taste buds away!
We grow and eat a LOT of veggies. That means we’re always coming up with new ways to prepare our garden-fresh produce.
However, sometimes you stumble into a recipe that is so good you keep using it over and over again. One such recipe for us is broccoli mash with citrus miso sauce.
Over a decade ago, we had a friend who was really into eating raw food recipes. (To be clear, we’re definitive “cookavores”, e.g. most of the foods we eat are cooked, not raw.) One night, our friend made a dinner for us that included a raw broccoli mash dish that we immediately fell in love with.
We’ve since improved upon that basic broccoli mash recipe using some of our favorite homegrown and homemade ingredients. Any time we have broccoli in the fridge or in the garden, there’s a good chance it’s going to be made into broccoli mash.
Three tips to make the best broccoli mash in the universe:
A few tips to amping up the flavor and nutrition of this broccoli mash recipe:
1. Use organic citrus for the sauce, preferably ripe calamondins or blood oranges. (Here’s how to grow your own citrus even in cooler climate regions.) Regular oranges work perfectly well too.
Why organic citrus? Citrus growers are increasingly having to contend with citrus greening disease, which means conventional growers are turning to more — and more potent — synthetic insecticides. Since this recipe also uses fresh citrus skin or zest (where pesticide residues would be most concentrated), we highly recommend using organic citrus because organic growers can not use synthetic pesticides.
2. Quality in, quality out. The best ingredients you’ll ever eat are the ones you grow or make yourself.
If you’ve ever eaten broccoli straight out of your own garden, you’ll know what we’re talking about here! Obviously, some of the ingredients in this recipe such as white miso and dates aren’t likely to be homegrown or homemade.
For non-homegrown or homemade ingredients, go with high quality, rather than the cheapest thing you can find. You’ll taste the difference.
3. Improvise. Once you’ve made this recipe a few times and gotten the hang of it, start adding your own touches. For instance, use fresh seasonal ingredients (including for the garnish) from your garden to add new touches and make each batch unique.
Some extra ingredients (not included in the base recipe below) that we’d recommend trying in the sauce: fresh cilantro, grated ginger, and white or orange turmeric. (Here’s how to grow ginger and turmeric no matter where you live.)
A couple of extra tips:
10 minute broccoli mash with citrus miso sauce
A quick and amazingly delicious Asian-inspired broccoli mash recipe.
- 1 large head broccoli (roughly 2 cups fine chopped) use head and stems
- 2 cloves hardneck garlic
- 1 cup nuts any of the following will work: walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup organic white miso
- 1/2 cup whole calamondins or kumquats (or juice of one orange) If using calamondins or kumquats, use skin and all. If using oranges, use the zest and juice (not the pith).
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup diced pitted dates
- 1 Tbsp kombucha or apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves black garlic or 1 clove hardneck garlic
Add all broccoli mash ingredients to a blender/Ninja and blend until ingredients have a mash consistency.
Blend all sauce ingredients until smooth. (If you're using an immersion blender, dice the dates before blending so the dates don't clog the blades.)
Serve with broccoli mash as base and sauce over top. For visual appeal, use a dish to mold broccoli mash into desired shape. Garnish with favorite seasonal herbs and edible flowers.
Is raw broccoli a risk for people with hyperthyroidism?
You may have heard that you should avoid eating cruciferous veggies (raw or cooked) if you have hyperthyroidism. According to the Mayo Clinic, this is not true. So this broccoli mash recipe does not put you at risk if you have hyperthyroidism.
We hope you love this simple 10-minute broccoli mash recipe and use it for years to come!
Want to grow fresh veggies like broccoli in the cold months? These articles will help:
- 5 ways to grow a fall and winter garden no matter where you live
- Winter gardening with low tunnels
- Fall and winter gardening tips