How to Prepare Broccoli Sprouts


Broccoli seeds, like alfalfa, mung beans and other vegetables are simple to sprout and serve with salads, sandwiches and can even be cooked. Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and the seeds can be sprouted very easily by a variety of methods. Because broccoli sprouts are delicate, they should be cooked no longer than 20 to 30 seconds and are best served raw.

Making the Sprouts

Step 1

Measure 3 tablespoons of broccoli seeds into a large jar or bowl.

Step 2

Cover with cool water and allow the seeds to soak overnight.

Step 3

Place approximately 1/4 inch of sterile top soil into a shallow container that will allow drainage. This can be a pot saucer or a shallow plastic tub that you have poked several holes in.

Step 4

Drain the water from the broccoli seeds and spread the seeds evenly over the topsoil.

Step 5

Cover the seeds with a shallow layer of topsoil.

Step 6

Cover the container with plastic wrap and set the container in a warm area away from direct sunlight. The seeds will begin to sprout in approximately 4 days.

Step 7

Turn the entire container into a fine, mesh colander on the fifth day and gently rinse with cold water to remove the top soil from the spouts.

Step 8

Store the clean sprouts in plastic bags or containers in the refrigerator until needed. The sprouts will keep for approximately 3 to 4 days.

Using the Sprouts

Step 1

Add broccoli spouts to sandwiches and hamburgers instead of using lettuce.

Step 2

Use a handful of sprouts to add flavor and nutrition to a tossed salad.

Step 3

Add broccoli spouts in the last 30 seconds of cook time to stir-fry, soups and stews.

Things You'll Need

  • Untreated broccoli seeds
  • Measuring spoons
  • Jar or bowl
  • Sterile, moist top soil
  • Container with drainage
  • Plastic wrap


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