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Broccoli Rice in a bowl

Easy Broccoli Rice

If you've ever wondered how to make rice healthier and more nutritious, how to add more color and flavor, then this easy Broccoli Rice is the solution! Give it a try and you'll never want to make rice any other way!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 230kcal
Author Elephantastic Vegan



  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1 head broccoli (380g)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil or any plant-based oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt and more to taste


  • Cook the rice in a small pot over medium heat with the water and salt until the water has been absorbed. This takes approx. 15 minutes. 
  • Cut the broccoli into florets. Wash them. Place the broccoli florets into a food processor and pulse until they're shredded.
  • In a large pan over medium to high heat, add the canola oil, shredded broccoli, lemon juice, and salt. Stir to combine. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes until softened but still vibrantly green. 
  • Add the cooked rice to the broccoli. Combine. Add more salt or lemon juice to taste and serve!


I don't like Broccoli! Does this work with other veggies?
Absolutely! You can also use cauliflower or carrots instead.
Do I have to add rice? Can I just eat the broccoli?
You don't have to add rice. I just prefer the mix of broccoli and rice over plain broccoli.
Do I have to cook the broccoli?
You don't have to! You can leave the broccoli raw if you prefer that, or steam or bake the broccoli.
I don't have a food processor. What I can use?
You can grate the broccoli or you can cut it with a knife until fine.


Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1.5mg