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Broccoli Croquettes

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these little Broccoli Croquettes, or Broccoli tots, are deliciously spiced and sure to please everyone.

Delicious Vegetarian Broccoli Croquettes

These Broccoli Croquettes are such a tasty little snack as well as an interesting side dish. And they bring back fond memories of my childhood in Sri Lanka.

In Sri Lanka, croquettes are referred to as cutlets, and they are served up along with yellow rice and curry at just about any celebratory meal.

My mom would also pack croquettes (aka cutlets) with some bread and butter sandwiches, every time we took a train. Which, always, made for a fun and tasty train ride.

Channeling that memory from my youth, I decided to make some croquettes to take on a small trip my daughter planned for this past Labor Day weekend.

She mapped out a few waterfalls between Highlands and Cashiers in North Carolina for us to hike and take in. And, I figured it would be fantastic to make some broccoli croquettes, much like these carrot croquettes, to enjoy on our trip.

9 Ingredients to make broccoli croquettes

What are the ingredients to make these Broccoli Croquettes?

You will only need 11 ingredients to make these crispy tots, and they are:

  1. Potatoes,
  2. Broccoli,
  3. Coriander,
  4. Smoked paprika,
  5. Turmeric,
  6. Ginger,
  7. Garlic,
  8. Onion,
  9. Parsley,
  10. Egg
  11. Breadcrumbs

I like a little spice, so I added in some chili flakes. But they are an optional 10th ingredient, and you do not have to add any in. Other than the chili flakes, all the other ingredients are necessary to make these crispy nuggets.

When it comes to garlic, onion, and ginger, I would strongly suggest using the fresh ones you find in the produce section. However, if you do not want to deal with all the peeling and chopping, then there are usually peeled and chopped versions sold in containers in the produce section. But, make sure that the powdered versions of onion, ginger, and garlic are not used in this recipe.

Sautéing together potatoes broccoli spices

Steps to make these Broccoli Croquettes…

These Broccoli Croquettes involve a few steps to make, but they are so worth the effort.

First off, you will need to boil the potatoes. You could bake them too if you prefer. Or, you could stop by Wendy‘s and grab some baked potatoes to use.

Then, you will sauté the onions, ginger, and garlic and add in the cooked potatoes, broccoli, and spices. Then, you will form this mixture into bite-sized balls.

Getting ready to dunk croquettes in egg wash and breadcrumbs

Next, the balls will be dunked in egg wash or any plant-based milk. And, rolled in some breadcrumbs.

The final step is frying these in some hot oil and digging in. You could also bake them, like I did when I made these Lentil Spinach Croquettes.

Fried Broccoli Croquettes

How do you serve these croquettes?

These are best served freshly fried.

They work well served as a snack or even as a side dish along with some rice, curry, and chutney.

Easy Vegetarian Broccoli Croquettes

How do you store these?

One thing to consider, these lose their crispness when they sit in a container. But they are just as tasty. And, if stored in an airtight container, these broccoli croquettes will last about 5 days.

Now, in the past, my mom taught me that I could make a batch of these and only fry the amount I will eat. The rest would be stored in the freezer, without being fried. That way, every time you crave these, you can fry up a few, and they will be perfectly crispy.

If you fry the whole batch and store some in the fridge for the next day, then you could reheat these in an oven or air fryer to restore their crispiness.

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Easy Vegetarian Broccoli Croquettes

Broccoli Croquettes

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 22
Author: Shashi
Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these little Broccoli Croquettes, or Broccoli tots, are deliciously spiced and sure to please everyone.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 baking potatoes 3 cups when cooked and roughly mashed with fork
  • 2 cups broccoli crowns
  • 5 tsp coriander powder
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 inc chunk ginger 3 tsp when diced
  • 4 cloves garlic 3 tsp when chopped
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 tbsp Parsley
  • 3 tsp chili flakes – OPTIONAL
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Egg wash or plant based milk
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying


  • First, prep, the potatoes and either bake them or boil them until soft. However, if you have some baked potatoes on hand, or buy some baked potatoes, please feel free to use these instead to save on time.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, remove the skin and roughly mash them, and set them aside.
  • Peel and chop the onion, ginger, and garlic.
  • Add olive oil to a pan set over medium heat and add in the chopped onion, ginger, and garlic. Let sauté for about 10 minutes.
  • Then add in the roughly mashed cooked potatoes, turmeric, coriander, smoked paprika, chili flakes (if using), and parsley and sauté for about 5 minutes.
  • Let mixture cool enough to handle and form into balls.
  • Add egg to a bowl and stir it well.
  • Then add the breadcrumbs to a plate.
  • Dunk the balls in the egg wash and then the breadcrumbs, so they are fully coated. Repeat this with all the balls.
  • Add the oil you will be using for frying these, into a deep pan and set over the stove set to medium or high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, add the balls into the oil and as soon as they turn golden brown, remove them and drain them on paper towels. Repeat until all the balls are fried.
  • Enjoy warm!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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  3. Jose says:

    I love to cook and I am always looking for new recipes to try. Just one thing though… Aside from the ingredient list, no where does it say how to cook or even when to add the broccoli….

  4. Paul Bennett says:

    Wouldn’t these be better if you actually put broccoli in them – instructions don’t include broccoli – just saying

  5. Katherine says:

    I love how these croquettes are crispy outside with tender veggies inside!

  6. Natalie says:

    I finally found a recipe to sneak some broccoli into my kids diet! They loved it, thanks!

  7. Charla says:

    This is very unique, croquettes are very common here in England, the broccoli addition is a great way to encourage eating more vegetables.

  8. Anjali says:

    These delicious broccoli tots were super easy to make and were a great way to get my kids to eat their veggies!! They loved this recipe!

  9. Anjali says:

    These delicious broccoli tots were super easy to make and were a great way to get my kids to eat their veggies!! They loved this recipe!

  10. Ieva says:

    I made a batch of these as well as your lentil and spinach croquettes to enjoy on our game night with friends. Delicious and very nicely spiced. Perfect with your chutney too!