Top 10 Tenderstem broccoli recipes

Tenderstem spears are wonderful to cook with and can be used in salads, stir-fries, cheesy dishes and with seafood

Did you know Tenderstem broccoli didn’t exist until 1993? It's a cross between Chinese kale and regular broccoli, with the long, edible stem of kale but the florets of broccoli. It can be eaten raw or cooked and is slightly sweeter than its traditional cousin.

Cheese and broccoli pancakes

Savoury pancakes are such a treat and work well as a speedy midweek dinner. Cooked Tenderstem with homemade cheese sauce – or even just grated cheese – is perfect as a filling and takes no time at all. A blob of garlic mayonnaise makes it.

Cheese and broccoli pancakes (Image: amelameli/Shutterstock)amelameli/Shutterstock

Pan-fried scallops with Tenderstem

This gorgeous dish shows you can make something amazing with just a few ingredients. You can use sprouting broccoli or Tenderstem, and scallops can be swapped for raw tiger prawns if you'd prefer.

Pan-fried scallops and Tenderstem (Image: Japanese in 7/Kyle Books)Japanese in 7/Kyle Books

Kung pao roasted broccoli

If you love sweet and spicy Sichuan Chinese food, you have to try kung pao roasted broccoli. The veg goes in the oven until the edges are crisp and charred, then a sticky garlic, sesame oil, sriracha and soy sauce is trickled over the top.

Kung pao roasted broccoli (Image: Cravings: Hungry for More/Michael Joseph)Cravings: Hungry for More/Michael Joseph

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Broccoli and Gorgonzola quiche

Blue cheese and broccoli is a winning pair. Use regular or Tenderstem broccoli, plus red onions, a squeeze of lemon and chilli flakes. Serve it with nothing but a green side salad.

Gorgonzola and broccoli quiche (Image: The Green Roasting Tin/Square Peg)The Green Roasting Tin/Square Peg

Bacon and Tenderstem bubble and squeak

Bubble and squeak is a classic to use up leftover vegetables, but why reserve it for potatoes and cabbage only? Sweet and crunchy Tenderstem broccoli and thick, crispy bacon bits work amazing in it too. Put a fried egg on top and you've got a complete meal.

Bacon and broccoli bubble and squeak (Image: Tenderstem/loveFOOD)Tenderstem/loveFOOD

Steamed snapper with Tenderstem

Steamed snapper with okra is a winning dish. It's a little bit spicy, creamy with coconut milk, packed with vegetables and the fish is so tender and flavourful. In this recipe okra is swapped for similar-but-sweeter Tenderstem broccoli.

Steamed snapper with Tenderstem broccoli (Image: Tenderstem/loveFOOD)Tenderstem/loveFOOD

Chorizo and Tenderstem pizza

Everyone can get involved in rolling out the dough and adding toppings to these homemade pizzas. Use a little creative license and add what you have available in the fridge (such as ham, red peppers, olives, cherry tomatoes or mozzarella).

Tenderstem and chorizo pizza (GrumJum/Shutterstock)GrumJum/Shutterstock

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Tenderstem, beetroot and toasted seeds salad

This colourful salad is the ultimate health-boosting dish. Tenderstem is low-calorie and full of vitamin A and C; beetroot is said to help keep blood pressure down; and toasted seeds add fibre as well as a satisfying crunch.

Tenderstem and beetroot salad (Image: Tenderstem/loveFOOD)Tenderstem/loveFOOD

Blue cheese and broccoli tartlets

Easy yet impressive, these tartlets are ideal for an indulgent weekend lunch. All you’ll need is ready-rolled puff pastry, cambozola cheese (or another creamy blue cheese), Tenderstem broccoli and a pinch of seasoning. They're ready in just 15 minutes.

Blue cheese and broccoli tartlets (Image: Tenderstem/loveFOOD)Tenderstem/loveFOOD

Tenderstem, cashew and tofu stir-fry

This easy-to-make vegetarian stir-fry is full of protein from the nuts and tofu. You’ll also need red onion, red chillies, coriander, garlic, ginger and lime juice.

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Tenderstem broccoli, cashew and tofu stir-fry (Image: Tenderstem/loveFOOD)Tenderstem/loveFOOD

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