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How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave

Fresh, Green and Perfectly Cooked, Microwave Steamed Broccoli is the fastest, tastiest way to preserve all the good for you stuff and be ready for a meal in minutes! Learn How To Steam Broccoli in the Microwave in just minutes!

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Microwave Broccoli

Microwave broccoli is a time saving BEAST and terrific way to preserve nutrients in your beautiful green broccoli!

You’ll find everything you need to know about steaming broccoli in the microwave here and a few ways to do it too!

How To Microwave Broccoli

There are several ways to accomplish steamed broccoli in the microwave, but basically, they all involve capturing the water vapor with the broccoli to cook it. You can…

  1. Steam it in a Bowl
  2. Steam it in a resealable plastic bag or
  3. Cover it with plastic wrap and steam broccoli that way.

How Long to Microwave Broccoli

How long you cook broccoli in the microwave will depend entirely on how powerful your microwave, however, usually about 3-5 minutes will do it.

3-5 minutes is usually long enough to steam broccoli in the microwave for it to be soft enough to chew but still maintain some firmness.

A Basic Overview for Steaming Broccoli

  • Prepare the broccoli.
  • Add seasoning
  • Place in container and seal (allow a small place for steam to escape).
  • Microwave for 3-5 minutes.

Here’s What You’ll Need

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  • Broccoli
  • Container that seals – This can be a resealable plastic bag, a plate or bowl with either plastic wrap or a plate to put on top.
  • Seasoning and a Fat – I like to use salt, pepper, butter and a bit of pepper flakes.

Steaming Broccoli in a Plastic Bag

How to Steam Broccoli In the Microwave In a Plastic Bag from Wendi on Vimeo.

Fresh, Green and Perfectly Cooked, Microwave Steamed Broccoli is the fastest, tastiest way to preserve all the good for you stuff and be ready for a meal in minutes! Learn How To Steam Broccoli in the Microwave in just minutes! This video shows you how to microwave broccoli in a plastic bag. So EASY!

  1. Cut broccoli to desired size.
  2. Place into the bag.
  3. Add 2 Tbs water plus any seasoning or oil/butter.
  4. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Notes:

  • Leave a small part of the closure open or the bag will explode in the microwave.
  • Place the bag on a microwave safe plate before placing in the microwave because the bag will be too hot to handle when done and the bag may leak while in the microwave.
  • This generally makes the bag unusable for anything else after microwaving.

Steaming Broccoli in a Bowl with Plastic Wrap

How to Steam Broccoli in Microwave with Plastic Wrap and Bowl from Wendi on Vimeo.

Fresh, Green and Perfectly Cooked, Microwave Steamed Broccoli is the fastest, tastiest way to preserve all the good for you stuff and be ready for a meal in minutes! Learn How To Steam Broccoli in the Microwave in just minutes! So EASY!

  1. Cut broccoli to desired size.
  2. Place into the bowl.
  3. Add 2 Tbs water plus any seasoning or oil/butter.
  4. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.

NOTES:

  • Leave a small opening at the edge of the bowl with the plastic wrap so that steam can escape.
  • The bowl may be too hot to handle when done, be sure to use a hot pad to remove from the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Do I Use Whole Broccoli or Just the Crowns?

Either is fine, it depends on what you prefer. The crowns alone are usually preferred, but if you choose to include some of the stalks, cut them thin.

Can I Freeze This Broccoli?

Yes, you can. Simply place into a freezer safe container, remove as much air as possible and freeze. That said, the broccoli will change in texture some as it thaws.

How Long Is It Good For?

This broccoli will last for 5 days if covered and refrigerated.

What Do I Serve with Steamed Broccoli?

Microwave steamed broccoli is a great side dish for all kinds of things. We love chicken and rice or baked potato casserole especially!

Tips and Tricks

  • Always start with fresh broccoli. Look for bright green florets and cut edges that haven’t gone brown yet. If you notice some brown, cut it off. If there are discolored areas on the florets, cut that off as well.
  • Cut your larger florets in half or in quarters before steaming.
  • Be careful when removing the broccoli from the microwave, steam is very hot and I don’t want you to be burned. It’s best to use oven mitts to protect your hands.
  • Don’t go overboard adding water, we don’t want to boil the broccoli, we just want to steam it.
  • Broccoli is in season all year round in the United States, but is a summer vegetable. You can learn everything you want to know about broccoli here.

Interested in How to Steam Other Vegetables?

I’d love for you to check out some of my other articles on steaming vegetables.

Watch Me Steam Broccoli In the Microwave Here (3 Ways!)

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How to Steam Broccoli In the Microwave

Fresh, Green and Perfectly CookedMicrowave Steamed Broccoli is the fastest, tastiest way to preserve all the good for you stuff and be ready for a meal in minutes! Learn How To Steam Broccoli in the Microwave in just minutes
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Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to steam broccoli in the microwave
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 31kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Broccoli trimmed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 Tbs water

Instructions

  • Trim any brown places off of broccoli and cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Place broccoli into bowl. Add 2 Tbs of water. Cover with saucer.
  • Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove carefully using hot pads or oven mitts. Remove top from saucer. Use as you desire.

Notes

  • The broccoli will be very hot when you remove it from the microwave. Use great care and protect your hands when removing it. 
  • Broccoli cooked this way can be eaten plain, with seasonings or used as a topping for baked potatoes or other dishes. Can also be used as precooked broccoli for something like a casserole. 
  • If you are using a plastic bag, then instead of placing in a bowl, place the broccoli in the bag, add the water, seal the bag but leave a small gap for steam to escaple. 
  • If you are using the bowl with plastic wrap, place the broccoli in the bowl, seal with plastic wrap and leave a small gap for the steam to escape. 
PRO TIP: For great flavor, especially when using the broccoli as a side or to top a baked potato, add a pat of butter (about a Tbs), a pinch of salt, pinch of pepper, pinch of red pepper flakes and 1/4 tsp garlic powder before microwaving. This adds tremendous flavor!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Steam Broccoli In the Microwave
Amount Per Serving
Calories 31 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 288mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 567IU11%
Vitamin C 81mg98%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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