Baked Broccoli Chips

February 15, 2011


That was quite a Valentine’s Day! We had marshmallow fluff cupcakes, white chocolate dipped marshmallow pops and vodka pasta. Just give me a moment to catch my breath. Whew!

Now that I’ve shaken off the sugar, washed the chocolate out of my hair, and wiped the last of the icing off my face, I am ready for a healthy contrast. Broccoli chips anyone?

I’m a big fan of broccoli chips because they are easy and delicious, but mostly because they’re a clever way to make use of the broccoli stem that so many of us toss in the trash. A while back, I got tired of wasting the stems and started slicing them up and tossing them into my stir fry recipes. Now, I’ve discovered an even more enjoyable way to eat those veggies. Heck, kids might even like these too!


Broccoli stems sliced into thin coins (as many as you like)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

a shallow bowl of egg wash (1 egg plus a splash of milk whisked together)

A good dash of salt, onion powder, and cayenne pepper (mix this in with the panko crumbs)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the broccoli stems into thin coins.


Prep your egg wash and panko mix (panko crumbs + spices).

Dip the coins into a bath of egg wash and then coat them in the panko mix. Next, place them on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until coins are tender and fragrant.

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You could fry these up just as easily. I tried both and honestly, preferred the taste and crunch of the baked version. Plus, the baked are leaner.

Pull the chips out of the oven when they look like this.


Serve them up hot and pop them like chips. They are crunchy and tender and have great flavor from the panko and spices. They are perfect to munch on when you’re prepping dinner.


Snack away!

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Jamie July 29, 2015 at 11:09 pm

This is an awesome idea!! I have been looking for ways to use the stalks. As a single gal I’m always looking for ways to save money and eliminate food waste. I substituted the Panko with rice crispies, the egg wash with olive oil and the cayenne pepper with dill weed because I’m not much of a spice girl… I am currently waiting to see how they turn out

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Renee April 23, 2014 at 11:15 am

I dipped it in red hot buffalo sauce and took out the onion powder and it was delicious!! Great recipie!

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Tasha Nik February 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I love these! It’s such a fantastic, uncomplicated idea. I can’t wait to try making some.
Thanks so much for the great recipe.

Rebecca November 12, 2013 at 12:01 am

I tried these today – sauteed them in coconut oil!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 5, 2014 at 1:44 pm


Leila October 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Made these tonight but had a lot of trouble getting the panko to stick on the broccoli slices. Any tips for that? Thanks!
I love a great way to use up broccoli stems. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Make sure the stems are wet and handle with care. You may be able to press additional panko on top once you’ve laid the stems on a baking sheet. Hope that helps!

margot May 9, 2012 at 9:34 pm

looks awesome! i just made roasted broccoli for dinner tonight and finally googled what to do with left over stems because i was feeling so bad about all the waste. the google search led me to you! and I can’t wait to try these. sound delicious. i know i’ll love them and keeping my fingers crossed that my 2 year old daughter will eat them up too!

and happy to have found your site too!

Laurel March 4, 2011 at 10:57 am

What a brilliant idea! Something my kids might even like, too! I’d love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight at

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thanks, Laurel. Will do! Love your site by the way!

Maegan February 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

New reader here….

Holy cow! I was on the search for a great sweet potato fry recipe, and found this! Can’t wait to try these–and will be passing on the recipe to my mom.

Now, any suggestions for a dipping sauce…? :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks, Maegan! Please let me know how you like them. I’d suggest a spicy mayo or lemony sour cream dipping sauce.
If you want a good sweet potato recipe, try my fried black bean and sweet potato balls. You can search for them on this site. Thanks again for your comment!

Coco February 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Great ideas for veggie like snack! I guess with cauliflower will work too!

Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY February 18, 2011 at 9:28 am

Hey there! Just found this blog today.

That’s a really creative and delicious recipe. I actually really like the stem of broccoli, because the head fills me up ridiculously quickly for some reason.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 18, 2011 at 9:37 am

Hey, Amanda! Thank you for your comment and for reading this blog. I hope you’ll stay with us for awhile!

Linda Wagner - Nutrition to Invigorate Mind, Body & Spirit February 18, 2011 at 2:36 am

Awesome!! These are my kind of recipes!! Simple and delicious!!


Angela (Toucan Scraps) February 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

sounds fun, thank you

ASHLEA February 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I love this! I have LOTS of broccoli right now because we grew it and had no idea how much we would get so I am looking for interesting recipes. This looks delicious!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Thanks, Ashlea! I hope you find this recipe useful. Another thing you can do is throw salt on the broccoli coins and put them in a jar in the fridge. The salt will draw out the water, turning the coins into little pickles. I got that from The Splendid Table and it worked pretty well.

Btw…love the name of your book club!

Lauren at KeepItSweet February 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

I never would have thought to do this with broccoli… definitely a great new way to get the veggies in!

Fay February 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Mmmm yummy! I have never thought of using broccoli stalks – genius! I have done this same recipe with zucchini chips, though! And I agree that roasting in an oven is better than frying ;)

Brian @ A Thought For Food February 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

This is a great idea! I could see serving this with a lemon aioli too.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

YES! Brilliant!

cathyb.@brightbakes February 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

wow, what a great idea! I love running across creative ways to use veggies….too often I revert to just salads or steamed…this will be a fun change :)
cathy b.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hope you like the recipe! I’ll be making your chocolate marshmallow bars stat.

Ashley @ Taste for Healthy February 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

Broccoli chips… you are a genius!! I am always trying to think of ways to use the stems. :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

Awww, thanks Ashley! This really is a great way to use up those stems. They are super tasty!

Katrina (GF Gidget) February 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I never would have thought to do that!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

No worries, try it out and see how you like it!

Campbell February 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

You forgot to mention to your readers that they should be sure to tone down the rage in case their SO accidentally throws away the stalk

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

LOL! Yes, do NOT fly off the handle if your fiance accidentally throws the stem into the trash. Do not yell and make a scene. Exercise restraint and move on. There are plenty of stems in the sea…or something like that.

Ann February 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I’ll definitely have to make these some time!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Please do and let me know how you like it!

Estela @ Weekly Bite February 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Looks like we both had broccoli on the mind ;)

I LOVE this idea! Its genius and I know my daughter would LOVE them! I make zucchini coins (same cooking process) and she loves them. I’m trying your recipe this weekend :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Thanks, Estela! I really hope you like them! You may want to tone down the spice a bit for your daughter, not sure if my recipe would be too hot for her sensitive palate. Love the idea of doing zucchini the same way!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Great broccoli stem recipe! Usually I just roast them, but I’ll have to give these a try. They sound delicious!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Roasting them is def a great idea. Let me know how you like them!

Lisa {Smart Food and Fit} February 15, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Great idea. I use to dip mixture of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, slice zucchini, and slice summer squash) into my favorite Italian dressing, then in a zip lock bag filled with bread crumbs (GF works well too) add the veggies and shake. then bake until tender and crispy. I’ll have to try it w/ the egg whites I’m sure they adhere better than just the dressing. Thanks for another yummy post!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Lisa, that’s a great idea! Next time I’ll try your method. Thanks!

Homer February 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

This is an awesome idea! I never would have thought of it. I LOVE broccoli but always feel like I’m getting ripped off at the grocery store when they charge me for the weight of the stalks (which, before now, I just threw away). Now, thanks to KISF, I can get my money’s worth and eat more veggies! By the way, your photos have been looking great recently. It’s like that broccoli’s gonna pop right off the page and into my mouth! Oh no, now I’m hungry :(

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Thanks, Homey. :)

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