Spicy broccoli rice - a perfect vegetable side dish

A nutritious alternative to rice, this broccoli rice is blended with asian flavours and is simply delicious. You’ll be surprised how versatile and popular it is!

SERVES: 4 PREP TIME: 10 mins COOK TIME: 40 -45 mins


  • 2 medium-sized heads broccoli
  • 8 spring onions, loosely sliced
  • 1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves, stalks removed and loosely chopped
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley, loosely chopped


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180˚C
  2. Remove the stalks from the broccoli and cut the heads into medium florets.
  3. Place the broccoli in a food processor and blend until it is a fine rice-like consistency.
  4. Add the spring onions, chilli, kaffir lime leaves, olive oil and pepper then blend until it is all mixed through.
  5. Pour out onto a roasting tray, place in the oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes, stirring regularly (every 10 minutes or so) to prevent the broccoli burning.
  6. While the broccoli is baking, wash and loosely chop the flat leaf parsley.
  7. Once cooked it should be light and fluffy and you can gently mix through the parsley.
  8. Serve immediately or let it cool and serve as a salad option.


  • Adding turmeric will give an extra nutritional boost
  • Adapt the recipe with alternative spices - cumin and coriander seeds work really well
  • Try fresh coriander instead of flat leaf parsley for a more asian twist
  • Experiment with different types and quantities of chilli to provide your preferred heat

Dietary Requirements

Gluten Free  |  Dairy Free  |  Sugar Free  |  Yeast Free  |  Soy Free  |  Egg Free  |  Nut Free  |  Vegetarian

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  • By Natalie Hawthorne

    Passionate cook and photographer

  • Photography: Natalie Hawthorne

    Passionate cook and photographer