Dutch Oven Cranberry Cashew Broccoli

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Dutch Oven Cranberry Cashew Broccoli is a fancy-feeling yet simple side dish perfect for the holidays or any night of the week.

Half-view of a Dutch oven with cooked broccoli with bacon, cashews, and cranberries.

This post has been updated from its original publishing of May 16, 2017 with new photographs, content, and updated recipe card.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish the whole family will love or a dish to bring to a pot luck, then this is your recipe.

It’s one of those that come together rather quickly, often with things you have right in your pantry.

Side view of cranberry cashew broccoli in a white bowl.

This is one of those recipes that you just can’t get wrong. Although, I realize that by saying that, someone will. And then they will come and leave me a comment telling me so.

It all comes together rather quickly. I think the prep might take longer than the actual cooking process, especially if you don’t take any shortcuts like buying broccoli florets or precooked bacon.

How to make cranberry cashew broccoli.

Ingredients to make the side dish: dried cranberries, onion, lemon, broth, broccoli, bacon, cashews, and herbs/spices along with the Dutch oven and a wooden spoon on a green linen.

Make sure you use a 4-quart Dutch oven or larger, any smaller and you’ll be over flowing, and not in a good way.

Chopped bacon and onions cooking in a Dutch Oven

Get your Dutch oven screaming hot and cook the bacon and onions together. This is pretty much the most heavenly smell on earth.

I like to chop my bacon before tossing it in, but you could start cooking it whole and break it up as you go.

If you’ve bought lean bacon (or turkey bacon, etc) and it’s not rendering enough to keep from sticking, consider a dollop of butter or a quick glug of olive oil. Just enough to keep it all from sticking.

Chopped bacon and onion cooking in a Dutch oven, salt, pepper ,and garlic have been added.

Even in the most well-seasoned, non-stickest of not-stick pans, bacon can stick if it’s too lean.

Pro Tip:

Let the bacon render for a good minute before adding the onions.

Once the bacon and onions are about halfway cooked, toss in your salt, pepper, and garlic. Make sure everything is mixed in well.

Broccoli has been added to the sautéed bacon and onions.

Drain any excess renderings from the bacon once it has crisped to your desired crispiness.

Toss in the broccoli then sprinkle with the sugar, if you’re using it. Don’t worry, it’s not going to make it sweet. Sugar helps the color pop, keeping the broccoli vibrant.

Chicken broth being added to the broccoli with bacon and onions.

Pour in the broth, stir, cover, and steam for about 4 minutes. The broccoli will be cooked but firm. Now if you like broccoli to have a bit of limp, then steam it for 5 minutes.

However long you steam the broccoli, once done, remove from heat.

Cashews, cranberries, and the lemon juice have been added, completing the dish.

Stir in the cashews and the cranberries. Replace the lid askew, and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. State for seasoning, add any more salt or pepper if needed.

Stir in the lemon juice. serve immediately and enjoy this Dutch oven cranberry cashew broccoli.

Ways to adapt:

  • Add 8 oz of sliced mushrooms while cooking the bacon and onions.
  • Use red onion instead of yellow or white.
  • Chill and serve as a salad.
  • Use walnuts, almonds, peanuts, or pecans.
A serving bowlful of Dutch oven cranberry cashew broccoli

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes you can. However, depending on the type of frozen broccoli and the cut size, the steam time will need to be adjusted.

Can I use bacon bits?

Well…by bits, do you mean those pink rock-looking things? Ok, I love them too but they’re not the best in this dish.

You can use the pre-cooked bacon or jarred bacon pieces. Don’t add it until you’re steaming the broccoli. You’ll have to sauté the onions first in a bit of butter or oil.

Sautéed broccoli, cashews, cranberries, bacon, and onions in a white bowl.
Serving bowlful of Dutch Oven Cranberry Cashew Broccoli
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5 from 11 votes

Dutch Oven Cranberry Cashew Broccoli

Dutch Oven Cranberry Cashew Broccoli is a fancy-feeling yet simple side dish perfect for the holidays or any night of the week.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Cashew Broccoli
Servings: 6
Calories: 673kcal
Author: Ned Adams


  • 4 qt. Dutch Oven or larger


  • 1 lb bacon chopped
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • ½ tsp salt +/-, to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper +/-, to taste
  • 1 tbsp garlic miced/grated; 1 tsp granulated
  • lbs broccoli chopped/florets; (2-3 lbs)
  • tsp granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • cups cashews
  • cups dried cranberries sweetened or not
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice (1 lemon)


  • In a 4 qt. Dutch oven on medium-high heat, cook the bacon and the onions.
  • Once the bacon and onions are about halfway cooked, stir in the salt, pepper, and garlic, resume cooking.
  • Drain the renderings once the bacon has reached the desired crispiness; reduce heat to medium.
  • Add the broccoli.
  • Sprinke in the sugar and pour in the broth, stir well; cover.
  • Steam the broccoli for 4 minutes or to desired doneness.
  • Remove from heat, stir in the cranberries and cashews.
  • Replace the lid askew, allow to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  • Taste for seasoning, add any additional salt and pepper if needed.
  • Stir in the fresh lemon juice.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 775mg | Potassium: 1052mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1205IU | Vitamin C: 174mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 4mg

Dutch Oven Daddy is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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19 replies
  1. Katy Hoxsey
    Katy Hoxsey says:

    I made it today and it was a hit! So easy and so delicious. I made everything ahead in my dutch oven, then steamed at the party with coals then topped off the nuts/berries/lemon juice. SO GOOD.

  2. Travis
    Travis says:

    5 stars
    Shockingly my kids love broccoli. So this looks like an awesome option to try and get them to try something new along with the broccoli.

  3. Natalie Marie
    Natalie Marie says:

    5 stars
    Cashew and broccoli is one of my favorite combos! I’ve never thought to make it in a dutch oven before, I can’t wait to give this a shot this weekend 🙂

  4. Ava M
    Ava M says:

    5 stars
    Who knew broccoli could taste this good? The cranberry and cashew combination adds a delicious sweetness and crunch. A new favorite in my veggie repertoire!

  5. Irena
    Irena says:

    5 stars
    A delicious way to sneak extra broccoli into your diet. Love the combo of salty bacon and sweet/tangy cranberries in this dish.


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