Broccoli kugel is a flavorful vegetable casserole side dish with a tender savory center and golden brown top. This easy, savory kugel is so tasty and made without mayonnaise, dairy, flour, matzo meal, or soup mix. It's perfect for Passover and any kosher meat meal.
This broccoli kugel is an update on a classic recipe. Most traditional broccoli kugels are made with mayonnaise and onion soup mix, but I omitted those in this version, yet it's still moist and flavorful.
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Kugel is a nostalgic side dish that many people look forward to eating on shabbat and holidays. Try Sweet Parve Noodle Kugel, Sweet Apple Noodle Kugel (dairy), or Mini Potato Kugels for other delicious kugel side dishes.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Flavorful. Onion, garlic, and herbs enhance the flavor.
- Easy. Using frozen broccoli in this recipe helps make this a speedy recipe to put together. And the frozen broccoli has a surprisingly great taste and texture.
- Make ahead. Kugel is an excellent holiday dish because it can be prepared ahead of time so you can focus on other dishes on the day of serving.
- No flour. This recipe contains no flour which makes it well-suited for Passover.
- No dairy. This recipe is made without dairy so it pairs well with a kosher meat meal.
What is kugel?
Kugel is a Jewish baked casserole dish that is made with noodles, vegetables, or matzo. It is usually bound with eggs, and similar to a casserole. It's a classic side dish to accompany other holiday fare. A kugel is generally served warm but can be eaten at any temperature.
There are many variations of kugel, and all are delicious. They can be made sweet or savory, with or without a topping, and can be dairy or dairy-free (parve). Kugels usually feature noodles, matzo, or vegetables.
A noodle kugel, like this Sweet Parve Noodle Kugel, is also referred to as a Lokshen kugel, which means “noodle” in Yiddish. A sweet kugel, like this Sweet Apple Noodle Kugel, often has fruit in it like apples, raisins, or crushed pineapple. A vegetable kugel is most often made with broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, onions, butternut squash, or potatoes like these Mini Potato Kugels.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
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- Frozen chopped broccoli - Using frozen chopped broccoli saves time on preparing this dish.
- Potato starch or tapioca starch - Spoon the starch into a measuring cup and level it off to measure. Using this instead of flour makes this recipe Passover-friendly.
- Fresh vegetables - Using onion and garlic gives this broccoli kugel a delicious savory flavor.
- Fresh basil - Fresh basil really brightens up this dish.
- Other ingredients include - oregano, red pepper flakes, eggs, kosher salt, black pepper, and oil.
Step by Step Photos
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First thaw and drain broccoli, then squeeze excess moisture out.
Sauté onions and garlic and set aside.
Add whisked eggs and the remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix together.
Transfer mixture to a prepared baking dish and bake until the kugel is set and golden brown on top.
- Chopped frozen broccoli. Save a step and buy frozen broccoli that is already chopped. If you can only find broccoli florets, then chop the broccoli into small pieces after defrosting.
- Squeeze it. Make sure to defrost the broccoli and squeeze out the excess water so that the final dish isn’t watery.
- Broil it. Broil the kugel for the last few minutes of baking to get the top golden brown and caramelized.
- Double it. This recipe is for an 8x8 pan which makes about 9 servings: a good size for a family dinner plus leftovers or a smaller holiday group. Double recipe and use a 9x13 pan if feeding more people for a holiday. Bake a little bit longer.
You can assemble this dish the morning of serving or the day before.
Assemble, cover, and refrigerate, then bake just before serving. Make sure to take the dish out of the refrigerator to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before putting it in the oven so your dish does not crack.
The kugel is also delicious pre-baked, stored covered in the refrigerator, and then warmed up in a 350ºF oven for about 15-20 minutes before serving.
Storage and Reheating
How to store: Store the kugel covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
How to freeze: Cover the kugel pan well with foil and place the entire pan into a freezer ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. To defrost, leave in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat, covered, in the oven for 15 minutes at 350°F. Uncover and cook for 5 minutes to allow any excess liquid from condensation to evaporate.
How to reheat: You can serve it at room temperature, or reheat covered in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes or until warm.
What to serve with broccoli kugel
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Frequently Asked Questions
A kugel is a type of casserole usually made from a starchy base (like potatoes or noodles) bound with eggs. They can be sweet or savory.
Yes, you can freeze broccoli kugel. Cover the dish and place it into a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 1 month.
Depending on the type of dish you cook the kugel in, you can serve it cut in squares, or in wedges like a pie. Serve kugel as a side dish for your main course.
- 8x8 casserole dish
- 24 ounce bag frozen chopped broccoli or two 12 ounce bags, equals about 6 cups total when frozen
- 3 tablespoons avocado or grapeseed oil, DIVIDED or other flavorless oil
- 3 large eggs
- ¼ cup potato starch or tapioca starch spooned and leveled
- 1 medium onion diced small, about 2 cups
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil loosely packed
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1-¾ teaspoons Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- Thaw the broccoli by: Allow the frozen broccoli bag to thaw in the fridge overnight, or alternatively, place the frozen broccoli into a large microwave safe bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water and cover with a paper towel. Cook for 5-8 minutes in the microwave (time varies depending on microwave wattage), or as directed on the bag of frozen broccoli. Allow to sit to cool for a few minutes. The broccoli should be defrosted but still cool to the touch.
- In a saute pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil and the chopped onion, cooking for 10-15 minutes on medium-low heat until translucent and golden brown. Then add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Turn off the heat, and set the pan aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8”x8” casserole/baking dish with oil or cooking spray.
- Drain the broccoli by placing a pasta strainer into the sink and transferring the broccoli into it. Squeeze the broccoli in the strainer with paper towels repeatedly to remove excess water that will drain through the strainer. Alternatively, squeeze broccoli through a tea towel or cheese cloth until little moisture remains. Set aside.
- Wipe out the large bowl used to microwave the broccoli (if applicable). In the large bowl whisk the eggs. Then add the chopped broccoli, starch, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes (optional), and 2 tablespoons oil. Stir until combined. Then mix in the sauteed onions & garlic.
- Transfer to the prepared casserole dish and bake at 350°F for 30-40 minutes until the kugel is set, slightly firm in the center, and starting to get golden brown on the sides and edges. If your kugel is not medium golden brown on top, run the kugel under the broil for about 2 minutes until flecked with golden brown on top. Keep a close eye on the oven when broiling as food can cook very quickly.
- Allow the kugel to cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve warm.
- How to store: Store the kugel covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- How to freeze: Cover the kugel pan well with foil and place the entire pan into a freezer ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 1 month. To defrost, leave in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat, covered, in the oven for 15 minutes at 350°F. Uncover and cook for 5 minutes to allow any excess liquid from condensation to evaporate.
- How to reheat: You can serve it at room temperature, or reheat covered in the oven at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes or until warm.
- Recipe is for an 8x8 pan which makes about 9 servings: a good size for a family dinner plus leftovers or a smaller holiday group.
- Double recipe and use a 9x13 pan if feeding more people for a holiday. The larger size may need to bake for a little bit longer.