Smashed Broccoli Chips with Parmesan Recipe

Total time: 10 min prep/ 5 min boil/ 25 min bake
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist

If you're craving a healthy and delicious snack, look no further than broccoli chips! These crispy treats are a perfect alternative to traditional potato chips, offering a satisfying crunch without the guilt. The recipe is inspired by classic ‘smashed potatoes’. Made from steamed broccoli and grated Parmesan, it’s hard to imagine that a handful of ingredients can be so tasty. Once baked, they become golden and crispy. They're not only a tasty snack option but also a great way to incorporate more veggies into your diet. Say goodbye to greasy, unhealthy snacks and say hello to the joy of broccoli chips!

What Are Broccoli Chips?

We have TikTok to thank for yet another delicious foodie trend! Broccoli chips are a tasty twist on classic smashed potatoes. It’s created by smashing broccoli florets into grated parmesan, and then baking them until they become golden and crispy. The dish recently went viral on Tiktok, and you will see why once you make it. You only need a handful of ingredients, it’s easy to make, and the result is not only delicious… it’s healthy too!


– The recipe won’t work with frozen broccoli, as it will become soggy once it starts to thaw.

– Use freshly grated parmesan (not the store-bought type).

– Make the dish vegan by using vegan cheese.

– You can also use cheddar or mozzarella, but the broccoli chips won’t be as crispy.

– Don’t overcook the broccoli, they should be fork-tender. Overcooking them will lead to mushy broccoli.

– You will only use the broccoli florets for this recipe. Chop up the stem and freeze it for later use (in soups or stews).

How to Store Broccoli Chips

The broccoli chips are best enjoyed while still fresh and crispy, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge (in an airtight container) for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or Airfryer (the microwave will make them soggy).

500 g (1 pound)
Parmesan cheese
300 g (2 ½ cups)
Garlic powder
Onion powder

Cut the broccoli head into broccoli florets.

Boil broccoli florets in salted water until half-cooked (around 5 minutes). Use a skimmer to remove the broccoli from the boiling water. Set aside.

Grate the parmesan on the coarse side of a cheese grater.

Transfer the grated parmesan to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place the broccoli florets on top of the parmesan.

Season with a pinch of salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder. Use a clean glass to smash the broccoli florets, pressing them into the parmesan.

Bake at 190°C/375°F for 20-25 minutes.

Let cool down before breaking into individual pieces. Serve as a side or snack.

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