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A bowl of broccoli tots.

Homemade Broccoli Tots

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  • Author: erin wysocarski
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 40 tots
  • Diet: Vegan


This homemade broccoli tots recipe offers a healthy and flavorful twist on the traditional snack. Made with broccoli, vegan cheese, and baked to perfection, these tots paired with curry ketchup are sure to become your new go-to snack.


for the tots

  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup finely chopped vegan cheddar shreds
  • 1/3 cup onion, very finely minced
  • 1 cup panko
  • 3 TB white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup aquafaba
  • cooking spray

for the curry ketchup

  • 1 TB neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed
  • 1/2 small onion, pureed
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 TB water
  • 1 cup ketchup


to make the tots

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add some salt, then carefully add in the broccoli florets.
  2. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Drain, allow to cool, then pat the florets dry.
  3. Dice very fine by hand by chopping each floret up as finely as possible, then spread it out in batches and redice again and again until it is almost like sawdust.
  4. A food processor will be too aggressive here and turn the florets into mush.
  5. Add the diced florets to a large bowl and mix in the vegan cheese and onion, using your hands to gently combine everything together.
  6. Add in the panko and white rice flour, toss, then drizzle the aquafaba over the top and mix gently with a large spoon. Place in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours or overnight.

to assemble the tots

  1. Once you are ready to assemble the tots, preheat your oven to 400. Line a baking sheet or two with a silpat, set aside.
  2. To shape the tots, scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture. Squeeze it tightly with one hand to create a football shape. Then hold that in the palm of your hand while you use your other hand to press on the top and bottom to make a cute tot shape.
  3. Place the shaped tots onto the silpat. Once everything is assembled, spray each tot with a generous mist of cooking spray.
  4. Place into the oven to bake for 15 minutes or until slightly golden on the bottoms.
  5. Flip, spray the tops again with a little oil, then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them towards the end to prevent burning.

to make the curry ketchup

  1. Warm the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onion and saute until translucent, 4-5 minutes, adding little splashes of water as needed to ensure it does not brown.
  2. Add in the garlic and curry powder stir and saute for another minute or two.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the water and stir. Add in the ketchup, turn the heat down to low, and allow to simmer for 7-10 minutes, giving it a stir often. Remove from the heat and chill before serving.


  1. For the best texture, ensure the broccoli is finely chopped and well-drained before mixing with other ingredients.
  2. Aquafaba (chickpea brine) works great as a vegan binder, helping the tots hold their shape without eggs.
  3. These tots can be frozen before baking for a quick and easy snack. Add a few extra minutes to the baking time when cooking from frozen.
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Method: Simmered, Baked, Sautéed
  • Cuisine: American