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The best baked broccoli cakes recipe

Broccoli cakes are a delicious way to eat your vegetables. These vegetable patties are baked, not fried, to make them an even healthier choice. They are approved by even the pickiest eaters.

Broccoli patties are perfect for tucking into lunch boxes or meal prepping for the week. This recipe makes a dozen, but it can be easily doubled and I often make a double recipe because they disappear so quickly!

I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.

You may also be interested in my original veggie cakes recipe and my potato broccoli cakes recipes. For ease of browsing, you can find all of my veggie cake recipes in one place.

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Why you should make this recipe

  • Quick & Easy – This recipe is done, from start to finish, in just over 30 minutes.
  • Make ahead – You can make them a day ahead and bake them later.
  • Nutritious – These little patties clock in with 5 grams of protein each and only 73 calories. They are loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients and just a sprinkle of Parmesan makes them extra delicious.

Broccoli Cakes

I love making little cakes or fritters out of vegetables. These are made from broccoli, which can be a little tricky for picky eaters.

Baked broccoli cakes on sheet pan.

Broccoli isn’t one of those vegetables that everyone loves, but combine it with a few ingredients (like cheese!), bake it in the oven and make it look like something store-bought; now those picky eaters are interested.

Ingredients

  • Broccoli – The food processor makes quick work of grating broccoli.
  • Eggs – Provide structure and moisture.
  • Garlic – Gives a ton of flavor. You can mellow the flavor by sautéing it before you add it to the mixture.
  • Italian parsley – The most underrated herb – it has a freshness that can’t be beat.
  • Scallions (green onions) – Very mild onion flavor, it’s a great choice for those who don’t love onions.
  • Parmesan cheese – The broccoli cakes have just a bit of cheese to make them extra tasty.
  • Flour – Provides structure to the veggie patties.
  • Breadcrumbs – I used panko, the crunchy Japanese breadcrumbs for these patties.
  • Baking powder – Look for aluminum-free baking powder.
  • Salt – I use Diamond Crystal kosher salt.
  • Black pepper – Just a few turns of the grinder.
  • Cooking spray for the pan – this helps the broccoli cakes to brown and also keeps them from sticking to the pan.

How to make

If this is your first time making any type of vegetable fritter or veggie cake, check out my how to make veggie cakes post. In that post, I walk you through the entire process, from start to finish.

Grated broccoli in food processor.
  1. The first step in making broccoli cakes is shredding or grating the broccoli. A food processor makes this quick and easy.
  2. After the broccoli is shredded, everything gets tossed together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Once the mixture is uniform, it’s time to make the cakes. I always use a scoop to make them, so they are all the same size.
  4. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat the paper with cooking spray – this will help them crisp in the oven. Set the ring mold on the parchment paper to form your cakes.
  5. Drop a portion of the mixture into the ring mold and press it down to flatten. Then, slide them into the oven and bake.

I used a 3 inch ring mold to form my patties so they would be uniform in shape and size. You can absolutely freeform yours, if you prefer. Pack them with your hands, like you are making a meatball, then flatten them into a disk.

Baked broccoli cakes on on sheet pan.

Because they are baked in the oven, I wanted them to be the same size and shape so they would bake evenly. If some are bigger than others, they won’t all cook in the same amount of time. Another plus for using a scoop and a ring mold. No guessing.

Broccoli Cakes FAQ’s

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes! You can make these the day before and bake them when you are ready to serve.

Can I freeze broccoli cakes?

Absolutely. Place pieces of parchment paper between them and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

How long will they stay fresh?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Broccoli patties with fresh herbs.

We ate these for dinner a few nights ago and as soon as the first bite was taken, we agreed these would be fantastic with a sunny side up egg on top for breakfast as well.

Stacked broccoli cakes on sheet pans.

Variations and substitutions

  • If you prefer to cook these on the stovetop, you can. Scoop the mixture and drop it into a heavy pan (like a cast iron skillet) with enough oil in it to cover the bottom. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, over medium /medium high heat. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Swap out half of the broccoli with cauliflower to make a variation of my cauliflower fritters.

Serving suggestions

We love these with a fried egg on top for breakfast. If you are serving for dinner, or even as a snack, try them with my buttermilk herb dip.

Getting more vegetables into your diet isn’t difficult, especially when they taste like this.

Helpful tools and equipment

Still looking for more? You can find additional recipes in my veggie cake e-book!

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Yield: 1 dozen

Baked Broccoli Cakes Recipe

stacked broccoli cakes

Broccoli cakes are a delicious way to eat your vegetables. These vegetable cakes are baked, not fried, to make them an even healthier choice.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 cups shredded broccoli (3/4 lb. // 340g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup scallions (green onions), chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated //50g
  • 1/4 cup flour // 30g
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs // 25g
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • cooking spray for pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F // 190°C // Gas mark 5.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk eggs and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl - mix flour, baking powder, breadcrumb, cheese, salt and pepper together.
  4. Add shredded broccoli, garlic, parsley and scallions to flour mixture. Toss to coat evenly.
  5. Add eggs and use your clean hands or a sturdy rubber spatula to mix to combine well.
  6. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spray parchment with cooking spray.
  7. Using a scoop, portion out broccoli cake mixture. Drop into the center of a 3" ring mold to form broccoli cake. Press down evenly to flatten.
  8. Continue until broccoli cake mixture is gone, then bake for 20 minutes, flipping broccoli cakes over and rotating tray, halfway through baking time.
  9. For leftovers - cool on cooling rack completely before storing in the refrigerator.

Notes

To fry the broccoli cakes: add enough oil to cover the bottom of a heavy skillet (like a cast iron pan). Scoop mixture and carefully drop into hot oil. Use a spatula to slightly flatten broccoli cake. Cook for 5 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 73Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 538mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.

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6 Comments

  1. Can I use store-bought bagged shredded veggies? Like shredded carrots, or that bag of broccoli slaw in the produce section? Also, I want to bake these in muffin tins! I have heart-shaped ceramic muffin tins, that’s what I want to use, to make them heart shaped. Also have regular metal muffin tins. How do I keep them from sticking to the pan? Also how long to bake, in a muffin tin? Thank you!

    1. Sally, yes, you can use shredded vegetables from the store. Spray the pans with cooking spray to keep them from sticking. Hope that helps!

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