Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

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Broccoli in Cheese Sauce is the best kid friendly side dish! Steamed broccoli with a creamy milk and cheese sauce with easy pantry seasonings. Skip the frozen veggies.

There’s no doubt cheesy Broccoli Casserole is one of the best Side Dishes for a crowd. This easy Broccoli in Cheese Sauce recipe is just as cheesy and delicious with half the work.

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Adding a creamy cheese sauce is the fastest way to get your whole family to gobble down their veggies. Skip the frozen broccoli in cheese sauce or the jar of nacho cheese and Velveeta and make this homemade cheese sauce instead. This easy, cheesy sauce makes a winning weeknight side dish every time!

Broccoli in Cheese Sauce is a quick veggie side dish that is made in less than 20 minutes. Using the microwave to make steamed broccoli makes this recipe so much easier, but you can always use frozen broccoli or steam broccoli florets on the stove top. For how to cook Broccoli in the Instant Pot, check out the bottom of this post.

The hardest part of making Broccoli in Cheese Sauce is grating your own cheese, which is a must do! When making a creamy cheese sauce, you always want to grate the cheddar cheese yourself. Shredded cheese in a bag has anti-caking ingredients that will make your cheese sauce grainy.

While you can definitely make Broccoli in Cheese Sauce ahead of time, it’s best enjoyed right away. If you want to make a double batch for a crowd, keep the cheese sauce warm in a small crockpot until you are ready to serve. For crisp broccoli florets, steam them right before your dinner. Reheating cooked broccoli makes it really soft.

This Steamed Broccoli in Cheese Sauce recipe is perfect served with all your favorite Main Courses. For an easy, fast weeknight dinner, serve Broccoli in Cheese Sauce with Ultimate Garlic Pork Loin or Chicken Breasts and Mashed Potatoes.



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  • Veggies: You can substitute your favorite veggies like cauliflower or asparagus. Instead of steamed broccoli, use the creamy cheese sauce on Roasted Broccoli.
  • Cheese: Use your family’s favorite cheese like Monterey jack cheese, white cheddar cheese, or Swiss cheese instead of cheddar cheese. Be sure to grate it yourself!
  • Flour: Instead of cornstarch, you can thicken your sauce with 2 tablespoons flour and 2 tablespoons butter. Melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in flour until smooth, and then follow the rest of the recipe.
  • Flavors: You can add different spices like cumin, ground mustard, or cayenne pepper in this recipe. Also try a teaspoon dijon mustard when you add the cheese.
  • Casserole: Make a quick Broccoli Cheese Sauce Casserole by placing your steamed broccoli in a baking dish. Top with cheese sauce, more cheddar cheese, and breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees, or until shredded cheese is melted and parmesan breadcrumb topping is golden brown.

Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli

Easily make lots of steamed broccoli in the Instant Pot. Add ½ cup of cold water to the bottom of your Instant Pot. Chop 2 large heads of broccoli into florets and place in Instant Pot with water. Lock the lid and place vent on sealing. Select Manual and high pressure and set time to 0 minutes (it takes about 5 minutes to reach pressure)When the time goes off, use quick release by setting valve to vent.



  • Serve: The cheese sauce is best served right away but it can be out for up to 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Store: Keep your Broccoli in Cheese Sauce for up to 4 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. For best reheating, store separately.
  • Freeze: The broccoli can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 4 months. The cheese sauce shouldn’t be frozen since it won’t come back together right when thawed.

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Broccoli in Cheese Sauce

5 from 7 votes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Broccoli in Cheese Sauce is the best kid friendly side dish! Steamed broccoli with a creamy milk and cheese sauce with easy pantry seasonings. Skip the frozen veggies.


  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese , shredded


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Rinse the broccoli and place into a glass bowl covered with a wet paper towel.

  2. Cover and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes until tender-crisp then remove the paper towels and place into a baking dish.

  3. In a medium saucepan, on medium heat, whisk together the milk, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, and nutmeg.

  4. Cook the mixture for 5-8 minutes until bubbly and thickened.

  5. Add in the cheddar cheese and whisk until smooth.

  6. Top the broccoli with the cheese sauce and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 165 calories, Calories: 165g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 206mg, Potassium: 718mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1528g, Vitamin C: 181g, Calcium: 280g, Iron: 2g

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  1. I just made this and it tastes great. I had a bit of a concern tasting the sauce before I added the cheese as I found it kind of harsh at that point but with the cheese added it is delicious. I will definitely make this again.

  2. I made this for a family birthday party. It was easy to make and everyone loved it. I actually put all ingredients together (except the milk and cheese) in a sauce pan earlier in the day then just before we ate I added the milk and followed the rest of the directions so it was hot for dinner with minimal effort.

  3. I’m always looking for new ways to get my kids to eat more green vegetables and this broccoli and cheese recipe is sure to do just that.

  4. This is a bowl of cheesy goodness, and it’s complimenting the broccoli so well. This is instantly becoming a hit in my home.

  5. One of my husband’s favorite vege sides! I was intrigued to try yours because I never add Worcestershire. We really liked it! I have a new broccoli cheese recipe now. Thanks

  6. I’ve never made cheese sauce with cornstarch. Is it smoother than one made with flour, which is often grainy? Is it likely to separate the next day?

    1. Cornstarch has twice the thickening power then flour so you have to use less. You should be fine the next day. If you store is separately, make sure to whisk the cheese sauce while reheating. Enjoy!