Broccoli Fritters

If you read my blog often, you obviously are a good person, with a spectacular sense of humor,  AND you know my latest obsession…broccoli. And if you’ve been reading my recent posts, you know that I’ve been consuming stupid amounts of broccoli the last few weeks.  My friend Tom said he could even smell it on me the other day. Healthy? Not really sure about that. Actually it is healthy. I’ve had to be sure to floss multiple times a day now because of the broccoli seeds stuck in my teeth…I’m sure my classes love seeing that when I coach. Cute. At least my dentist will love me. Anyways, it’s finally time to update you on the amount of broccoli I consumed over a one week period. Don’t get too excited. I consumed….23 heads of broccoli in 1 week. Yes, the broccoli heads were all different sizes, but I would say medium was the average size. I can’t seem to get enough of it. I have it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Best carb around, hands down. I cook the broccoli in a pan with olive oil, put every sort of garlic seasoning on it, and pour a bit of water on it then cover to steam away. Genius. Easy, but genius.

Let’s just say my digestive tract is quite in order at this point. Eating that many vegetables is intense. Try it. I’ve never eaten so many in my life. Since I cut out fruit all last month, I wanted to be sure I was getting my carbs in with every meal. And since I’ve been going a little wild with the paleo chocolate cake lately, I need to offset it with vegetables. It doesn’t work like that, I know, but I can dream. I’ll have to update you later about not eating fruit. There will be embarrassing before and after pictures up soon. Awesome. I did have a crap ton of grapes last night though and was full so damn fast. Fruit is weird. I’d rather eat broccoli.

Well this entire post has been pointless. Sorry about that. It’s early. And my life is really lacking excitement. I’ll go streaking today so I have something fun to talk about…jail. But the whole point of this post is that I used all those extra broccoli stems for good use. I threw them into a shredder and frittered the crap out of them. Mmmmm fritters. Just sounds delicious. And it was. I ate all of them by myself. I’m such an only child.


Paleo Broccoli Fritters


  • 67 broccoli stems, shredded (about 1.52 cups)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • lots of salt and pepper


  1. Send your broccoli stems through a shredder. I used a food processor with the shredding attachment which made it go by super fast.
  2. Add your shredded broccoli to a large bowl along with all other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Heat up a large skillet over medium-high heat with a bit of fat in it. Use a large spoon and your hands to ball up a fritter and add to a skillet. It doesn’t need to be flat, you’ll flatten it out after you flip it.
  4. Cook the fritter for about 3-4 minutes, then use a spatula to flip, then flatten out with the spatula. Cook for another 4 minutes or so.
  5. Once the fritters are crisp on both sides, eat them. I topped mine with a grass fed beef burger. Genius.

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the huge bowl of broccoli stems
Broccoli fritter then burger then avocado. Perfection.

Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


82 thoughts on “Broccoli Fritters”

  1. that looks so yummy, especially topped with the avocado! i'm your newest follower through the caveman. thanks for the recipe!!!

  2. thank god, I have a huge head of broccoli in my fridge that I bought at the farmers market and was wondering what I was going to do with it.

  3. Damon–You gotta try them!!
    Cecilia–Thanks so much for checking out my blog and following me :):) hope you like my posts!
    Kaitlin–Broccoli and guac is phenomenal for sure!
    Lisa–best use for broccoli stems i've tried so far!

  4. I ended up here after searching for "paleo broccoli."
    We had these for dinner tonight with a couple of steaks. Delicious!
    My husband suggested adding some anchovies as a partial substitute for "lots of salt." I was skeptical but it turned out great. No fishy taste, just a little extra flavor.

  5. Made a variation of these using cauliflower and broccoli and coconut flour. Cooked them in leftover bacon grease from this morning and coconut oil.

    So. Stinken. Good.

    I ate too many and now my tummy hurts and I still want to eat more 😉

  6. Wow Juli, just made these for dinner (with steak and avocado) I think you converted me into a broccoli lover!!! amazing recipe!

  7. OOOOOHHH. You said stems. LMAO. Wondered mine were so green. DUH. Does Paleo food cure ADD? Will try to read the directions better next time. Actually didn’t turn out too bad anyway.

  8. Tried these tonight with zucchini rather than broccoli (needed to use the zucchini before its demise) and loved it! Slowly making my way through your recipes. This rocked my face off!

  9. tried making them tonight. I can’t seem to master the pancake shape making, they seem to always fall apart as i flip them. so I finally pulled out the good ole George forman grill and used the quasdilla grilling plates and wa la! no need to flip those bi$#% over! ha take that!

  10. So Delish!
    I made these with zucchini since I had a lot and added a handful of cheese (primal). Turned out amazing and they were also great cold the next morning for lunch! Very filling and easy to make . Thanx for this life saving recipe!

  11. I just heard about your website, and I have been going through it and i love love it! I follow more of just low-carb, but SO much of this would work great. I do my own website as well, its real small, but maybe I can pin some of your recipe links if you dont mind 🙂

  12. I found this recipe last night after I had JUST thrown away a bunch of broccoli stalks! Damn it! Luckily I had more broccoli in the fridge so I chopped off the heads and made these this afternoon. I put one on top of some pulled chicken with acovado and its absolutely delicious!!

  13. These sound delicious! Thanks for the almond meal suggestion – I make these with chopped spinach and was trying to figure out how to do it without breadcrumbs.

  14. broccoli & garlic & almonds, oh my! so easy & yummy! makes me not miss bread any more : )

    glad you are also a Crossfitter – – it’s my healthy addiction too!

  15. My kids are loving you. They were so tired of broccoli with olive oil and garlic or broccoli with butter that they would groan when they saw me pull the veggie out of the fridge. You rock!

  16. I made these tonight and they were so amazing! I added cashew “cheese” on top and omg I seriously could eat that everyday. Lets be honest I probably will untill the leftovers are gone. Thanks!

  17. Hey girl! I just made these and they were phenomenal! I cut the recipe in half just to try them, though! Thanks so much! YUM <3

  18. So I just did this with the entirely piece of broccoli and it was still awesome. Joined it with your cilantro salmon with lime vinaigrette. Perfect.

  19. Hi I just tried this recipe with egg whites instead of whole eggs, and omitted the onion (I subbed onion powder and nutritional yeast) and they turned out awesome!!

  20. These “broccoli pancakes” are delicious! We fried them in a healthy dollop of bacon fat for added flavor. These are going to become a regular side dish, for sure.

  21. These were soooo good! My husband (he cooks, I grocery shop) made these and did 1/2 broccoli and 1/2 cauliflower…I know, I know…crazy right? Anyway, so simple and delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Keep it up!

  22. These are soooo good! I made these for dinner tonight and was surprised at how delicious and substantial they were. I will for sure make these again! Yeah!

  23. I made these with coconut flour and some extra egg- waiting on a shipment of almond flour but I had broccoli stalks now! Great idea, I never know what to do with stalks but I loooove broccoli. I will happily sit and eat a big old bowl of steamed broccoli and be totally happy. Now I can maintain my broccoli addiction and not waste the stalks. What would I do with your creative kitchen inventions!?!?!? I served it as the bun for some paleo BBQ chicken. Because shredded meat IS better. Yum!

  24. How to make these a little sweeter when sweet onions not available? Tried an apple but made it too crumbly even after adding more high dollar almond flour because of apple adding more moisture.It tasted pretty good though!

  25. I have to tell you after I tried this receipe my husband & I are ADDICTED! I’ve tried them with zucchini & even spinach-they are amazing with almost any veggie!! Thank you for your wonderful & delicious recipes, this is my go-to site for any Paleo recipe

  26. I spotted this recipe a couple of weeks back and finally made it for brunch this past Sunday. YUMMMM! Even my ‘food critic’ husband loved them. He was talking about how great they were throughout brunch and said ‘you could have this for brunch, a snack, a side, and you could try them with other veggies too’. Like the previous poster, I do believe that we are quickly going to become broccoli fritter addicts!

  27. I just found your site last night and am thrilled! I liked this recipe on FB today, and made a batch, including the grass fed burger! It was awesome! But I almost ate the whole batch! Saved only a scant amount to make for my son and husband. Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, so maybe they will be part of my breakfast! Thank you so much!

  28. Oh my god, this is pure genius! I was wondering, can I prepare it without the almond meal? Is it essential?

  29. I totally get how you feel about the Brocolli, I do that too with veggies. Last week I went through a Brussels sprouts kick, a few weeks before that it was spinach! I crave vegetables a lot like that. I never crave fruits, just the veggies, very strange. I would probably make a great vegetarian but the problem is I love meat too much!

  30. Made these last night and while they were very tasty, they turned out very almond floury. Do you mix in the almond flour with everything else or should it be just an almond flour coating on the outside? Have you tried both ways? I do love almond flour, but I try to limit my intake of nuts. Just wondering your thoughts! Thanks so much, Juli!

  31. These make an awesome substitute for hash browns the next morning! They’re amazing topped with eggs and avocado. 🙂

  32. These are SO GOOD. I doubled the batch b/c I had a boatload of broccoli stems. My poor husband was waiting for lunch and I kept eating them right out of the pan b/c I’d missed breakfast and was starving. So good. Thank you!!

  33. Hi! I just made these and they were absolutely phenomenal. Put the rest of the dough in the fridge to make for breakfast tomorrow. Served them with avocado and sriacha/hot sauce! thanks for the recipe!

  34. I made these this weekend and the flavor was great. However, they did not keep together very well. They fell apart into a crumble anytime I touched them. I might try grating the broccoli twice. The pieces seemed a little large. Any other suggestions? Thanks!

  35. I threw out recently a whole bunch of stems. Now I have some stems and head to make about 2 cups. Can the head be chopped and added to the shredded stems along with the other ingredients?

  36. I put all ingredients in my food processor. They came out great!
    I made mine in the morning and thought about putting pure maple syrup on them. But first I tried my homemade honey mustard dressing (with Greek yogurt) and next time I make them I’ll fry in bacon grease instead of coconut oil. Yum

  37. I like your humor 🙂 reminds me of mine. Anyway, I may just be your new follower. This recipe looks and sounds delicious & I cannot wait to try it out! THANKS A BUNCH (broccoli bunch 😛 )

  38. Every time I try something like this they always stick to the pan and crumble 🙁 Any suggestions? Thanks!

  39. Absolute disaster, my fritters just fell apart in the frying pan. Don’t know what I did wrong. I ended up with a big fat mess 🙁

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