Photo: Aya Brackett; Styling: Amy Wilson 
Total Time
50 Mins
Serves 6 to 8 (3/4 cup sauce)

Whorled broccoli romanesco is an exotic treat, yet it's very easy to prepare--just steam until tender. If you can't find small heads, just break a full-grown head into florets (cauliflower works too). This recipe is adapted from one in Vegetable Literacy (Ten Speed Press, 2013), by Deborah Madison.

How to Make It

Step 1

Peel only toughest outer leaves from broccoli romanesco, leaving tender inner ones attached. Steam broccoli in a steamer basket over simmering water, covered, until tender to the core when pierced with a knife, 15 to 20 minutes. Put in a serving dish.

Step 2

Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Spoon about half the green herb sauce over broccoli and turn gently to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature, with extra sauce on the side.

Step 4

*Find at farmers' markets in fall and winter, and increasingly at well-stocked grocery stores.

Step 5

Make ahead: Sauce, up to 1 day, chilled (add lemon juice at the last minute, or it will dull the sauce's color). Broccoli romanesco may be steamed a few hours ahead; let sit, loosely covered, at room temp (if chilled overnight in a container, it gets sulfurous).

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving with 1 Tbsp. extra sauce.

Ratings & Reviews

Kathy415's Review

December 07, 2013

Marguerite1's Review

April 13, 2014
This is a go to recipe for my family now. The flavor is elegant and it is easy to make. Absolutely delicious.