Steamed broccoli is an easy method to cook broccoli perfectly every time. In this post, we’ll teach you how to steam broccoli in the microwave and on the stove-top.
Steamed Broccoli is Our Favorite!
In this post, we’ll teach you how to steam broccoli in a variety of different ways, what to pair it with, and what you need to make it.
PS: when we say perfectly cooked steamed broccoli, we don’t mean mushy broccoli. We mean vibrant green with the perfect bite!
Why make steamed broccoli
Health side dish: steamed broccoli is made without any oil or fat, making it lower in calories, carbs, and fat.
Quick: steaming broccoli will take you less than 10 minutes.
Versatile: steamed broccoli goes with so many different mains and proteins!
Not only do we love the flavor and vibrant green color of this cruciferous vegetable, but broccoli is so good for you! It’s high in vitamin c and vitamin k and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. Per 1 cup of broccoli:
- 31 calories
- 6g carbs
- 2.6g protein
- 2g fiber
- .3g fat
What You Need to Make Steamed Broccoli
You only need 2 simple ingredients in order to make steamed broccoli and one of them is water!
Fresh broccoli florets: you can either buy a whole head of broccoli and slice it into florets or you can buy the pre-chopped kind that is already florets.
Water: the water is used to steam the broccoli in all 3 methods we are sharing.
How to Steam Broccoli (3-Ways)
Want crisp-tender, vibrant green broccoli every time? Here are 3 ways to steam broccoli to make sure you get perfectly cooked broccoli every time!
How to Steam Broccoli in a Steamer Basket
Our preferred method of steaming broccoli is in a pot with a steamer basket. It’s fool-proof and the broccoli comes out fork-tender perfect every time!
- Add water to a large saucepan and place a steam basket into the pot. Then, add the broccoli florets into the steam basket.
- Turn the burner to high and bring the water to a boil.
- Then, cover the pot and let the water continue to boil for 4 minutes. During this time, the broccoli will steam.
- After 4 minutes, remove the broccoli from the steam basket and enjoy.
How to Steam Broccoli in a Pan or Pot
Looking to steam broccoli on the stove top without a steamer basket? All you need is a pan or a pot with a lid and you’re good to go.
- Add water to a large saucepan and then place the broccoli florets on top.
- Turn the burner to high and bring the water to a boil.
- Cover the pot and let the water continue to boil for 4 minutes. During this time the broccoli will steam.
- After 4 minutes, carefully strain the water from the broccoli and enjoy.
How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave
Don’t have access to a stove? No problem! Here’s how to steam broccoli in microwave.
- Pour water into a large microwave-safe bowl. Then, add the broccoli florets to the bowl.
- Microwave the broccoli on high for 2 minutes. Then microwave for an additional 2 minutes on high.
- Carefully remove the broccoli from the microwave (it will be let) let cool for a few moments and enjoy.
Want crisper broccoli? Steam your broccoli for less time, around 3-3.5 minutes instead of 4 using any of our methods.
Want softer broccoli? Steam your broccoli for more time, around 30 seconds to 1 minute longer using any of our methods.
So, how long to steam broccoli?
Our magic number whether you are microwaving or steaming broccoli on the stove top is 4 minutes + or – 30 seconds, depending on how you like your broccoli.
How to Flavor Steamed Broccoli
While basic steamed broccoli on its own is sometimes all you need, we also love flavoring it to pair with whatever we are eating. Check out some ideas below:
- Olive oil
- Salt and black pepper
- Fresh lemon juice
- Garlic powder
- Red pepper flakes
- Lemon zest
- Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
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How long do you steam broccoli?
The magic number for steaming broccoli is around 4 minutes + or – 30 seconds depending on how al dente you like it.
Which is healthier baked or steamed broccoli?
Typically steamed broccoli is healthier because most baked broccoli recipes call for added oil.
How do you steam broccoli in a pan?
To steam broccoli in a pan, add 1/4 cup of water to a pot. Place the broccoli on top and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and let steam for 4 minutes.
Can you eat broccoli without steaming it?
Yes, you can eat raw broccoli and it is delicious served with hummus, ranch, or any other dip you prefer.
Got leftover cooked broccoli? Let it cool completely and then transfer it into an airtight container for up to 3-5 days.
How to Freeze Steamed Broccoli
- Let broccoli cool completely.
- Then, remove as much moisture from it as possible by patting it with paper towel.
- Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it out so that the florets aren’t touching.
- Freeze for around 2 hours.
- Once frozen, transfer into an airtight container or gallon-size plastic bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
How to Steam Broccoli (Easy Steamed Broccoli Recipe)
- 1- lb. broccoli chopped into florets (~4 cups)
- ¼ cup water
- Pour water into a large microwave-safe bowl.
- Add broccoli to the bowl and microwave the broccoli for 2 minutes on high.
- Toss the broccoli and then microwave for an additional 2 minutes on high.
- Remove from the microwave and enjoy.
- Add water to a large saucepan and place a steam basket into the pot.
- Next, place broccoli into the steam basket.
- Bring water to a boil and then cover the pot.
- Let the broccoli steam in the pot for 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and enjoy.