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Best Broccoli for Babies (Puree and BLW-Style)

Learn how to make nutritious Broccoli Puree and a super easy method for baby led weaning style broccoli. Both start with the same technique, so you can do either (or both!).
Course Baby Food
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 55kcal


  • 8 ounces broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2-1 cup no-salt-added chicken or vegetable broth or the cooking water


  • Wash the broccoli. 
  • Get out a steamer basket and a pot that it fits into. Add the broccoli to the basket and set aside. Add 4 inches of water to the pot and set over high heat. Bring to a boil.
  • When boiling, reduce heat to medium-high and add the steamer basket with the broccoli. Cover.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft when poked with a fork. Remove from heat.
  • Once cooled, you can brush lightly with olive oil (or leave plain) and serve BLW-style.
  • To make Broccoli Puree: Transfer the broccoli to a blender with the olive oil. Add 1/2 cup liquid and blend, starting on low and working up to high. Add additional liquid as needed to make a smooth puree.


  • Once cooled, store in small airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze for future use.
  • If serving BLW-style, be sure to use florets that are large so they are too big for baby to completely stuff into their mouths. If a piece gets eaten down and is smaller, trade it out for a larger piece.
  • To make with frozen broccoli, reduce the cooking time to 6-8 minutes in Step 4.
  • BLW-style Roasted Broccoli is another great option for babies 6+ months.
  • Add flavor and nutrients to the puree by adding 1/4 cup avocado, 1/4 cup peas, 1/4 cup Sweet Potato Puree, or 1/4 cup Apple Puree or Pear Puree to the blender during Step 6.
  • Serve broccoli as finger foods to babies 9+ months by dicing into small pieces. 


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg