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How to Steam Broccoli Perfectly Every Time

How to Steam Broccoli Perfectly Every Time

Delicious basic steamed broccoli recipe! How to steam broccoli so that it stays vibrant green. The easiest way to cook this wonderful vegetable.

Photography Credit:Elise Bauer

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Steamed broccoli is the best cure for over-indulgence I know. It’s cleansing, healthful, high in vitamin C, protein (45% of the calories in broccoli are from protein), and fiber.

How to steam broccoli so that it comes out perfectly every time?

Video! How to Steam Broccoli

Tips for Steaming Perfect Broccoli

The most important thing to know about steaming broccoli is that cooking the broccoli any more than 7 minutes tops risks overcooking it. After 7 minutes the broccoli will turn it olive green, instead of that beautiful vibrant green color we want.

So, to make sure the broccoli is perfectly cooked, here are a couple tips:

Tip 1: Get the steaming water hot and steamy first, before adding the broccoli to the steamer basket. A quick way to get the water hot is to use a tea kettle.

Tip 2: Set your timer for only 5 to 6 minutes. Smaller florets of young fresh broccoli may only need 5 minutes to cook, larger florets of more mature broccoli made need 6. I recommend starting with 5 and then testing the broccoli with a fork to see if it is cooked through.

How to Serve Broccoli

As for serving the broccoli, the easiest way to dress broccoli is to dot it with dabs of butter. My favorite way to eat broccoli is to toss it with lots of freshly ground black pepper, and sprinkle it with a little seasoned rice vinegar. (Black pepper, by the way, is one of those perfect pairings with broccoli.)

My parents love their broccoli served with a little mayonnaise on the side, which is surprisingly good. You can also do olive oil and lemon zest (pictured above), olive oil and balsamic vinegar, etc. Good with toasted slivered almonds or toasted sesame seeds too.

How to Steam Broccoli Perfectly Every Time

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of broccoli

Many options here:

  • Olive oil, butter, or mayonnaise (use olive oil if cooking vegan)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon zest or juice, balsamic vinegar, seasoned rice vinegar
  • Toasted almonds, toasted sesame seeds

Method

1 Prep the broccoli crowns and stems: Cut the crowns away from the large stems of the broccoli. Break the crown up into bite-sized florets. Rinse the broccoli florets thoroughly.

Peel and discard the thick outer skin of the stems. Slice the stems or cut them into quarters lengthwise.

2 Bring steamer water to a boil: Place 3/4 to 1 inch of water in a saucepan with a steamer and bring to a boil. (Note that is you don't have a steamer, you can simply put the broccoli directly into an inch of boiling water.)

3 Add broccoli, steam 5 to 6 min: Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 5-6 minutes. The broccoli is done when you can pierce it with a fork. As soon as it is pierce-able, remove from heat, place in serving dish.

Note that green vegetables like broccoli will turn from vibrant green to drab olive green at about the 7 minute mark of cooking. So, watch the time, and don't let the broccoli overcook!

4 Dress with your favorite topping: Dress to taste with butter, olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon zest or juice, seasoned rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, ground black pepper, toasted almonds, or sesame seeds.

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Delicious basic steamed broccoli recipe! How to steam broccoli so that it stays vibrant green. The easiest way to cook this wonderful vegetable.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Steamed broccoli is the best cure for over-indulgence I know. It’s cleansing, healthful, high in vitamin C, protein (45% of the calories in broccoli are from protein), and fiber.

How to steam broccoli so that it comes out perfectly every time?


How to Steam Broccoli

Steaming broccoli is a fast and healthy way to cook this nutritious vegetable. It preserves broccoli’s vibrant green color and fresh flavor without the addition of oil. While boiled broccoli is often soggy, steamed broccoli is characteristically crisp-tender. Plus, when you boil broccoli, some of the nutrients leach into the boiling water. You don’t have to worry about that with steaming.

Your steamed broccoli will be a great meal-prep building block because it’s like a blank canvas. It can be served on its own as a simple side or stirred into many dishes later. However you choose to enjoy it, start steaming with our easy step-by-step guide below.


How to Serve Broccoli

As for serving the broccoli, the easiest way to dress broccoli is to dot it with dabs of butter. My favorite way to eat broccoli is to toss it with lots of freshly ground black pepper, and sprinkle it with a little seasoned rice vinegar. (Black pepper, by the way, is one of those perfect pairings with broccoli.)

My parents love their broccoli served with a little mayonnaise on the side, which is surprisingly good. You can also do olive oil and lemon zest (pictured above), olive oil and balsamic vinegar, etc. Good with toasted slivered almonds or toasted sesame seeds too.

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How to steam broccoli in the microwave:

Yes, you can steam broccoli in the microwave. Just place the broccoli florets in a bowl along with a splash of water. Cover the bowl with a plate or some plastic wrap and pop it in the microwave. Give the broccoli a quick blast on high power for 2 to 4 minutes until it is cooked to your liking.

The microwave is a bit faster than the cooktop method but I think there is a difference in flavor. I feel like the microwave distorts the flavor a bit and I prefer the &ldquoclean and bright&rdquo flavor of steamed broccoli on the stovetop.

I do however use the microwave method on occasion. The microwave saves time, space, and dishes.

Steaming broccoli on the stovetop. steaming broccoli in the microwave.


Video! How to Steam Broccoli

The most important thing to know about steaming broccoli is that cooking the broccoli any more than seven minutes tops risks overcooking it. After seven minutes the broccoli will turn olive green, instead of that beautiful vibrant green color we want.

So, to make sure the broccoli is perfectly cooked, here are a couple tips:

  • TIP 1: Get the steaming water hot and steamy first, before adding the broccoli to the steamer basket. A quick way to get the water hot is to use a tea kettle.
  • TIP 2: Set your timer for only five to six minutes. Smaller florets of young fresh broccoli may only need five minutes to cook, larger florets of more mature broccoli made need six. I recommend starting with five and then testing the broccoli with a fork to see if it is cooked through.


How to Steam Broccoli

People give me weird looks when I tell them I like steamed broccoli. But it's true. I LOVE IT. And for every one of your argumentative questions, I have an answer that will make you like it, too.

Is broccoli really that healthy?

Short answer=YES. As a member of the cruciferous family (along with cauliflower and kale), broccoli is a good source of fibre and protein. It's also is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, and vitamins.

How many calories does broccoli have?

100g = 34 calories. YASSS! Those tree-like florets contain almost no fat. Plus, they're low-carb.

Why not just roast it?

We love roasted broccoli and will scream it from the rooftop. But, if we're being honest with ourselves, it's not the healthiest way to cook broccoli. Studies show that steaming the vegetable strengthens its cholesterol-lowering potential. It also better for Read More + Read Less -


The secret to perfectly cooked broccoli with a vibrant green color is proper broccoli steaming time. It’s best to steam fresh broccoli for about 5-7 minutes. Any longer and it’ll overcook and take on a dull green color.

As the steam time depends on the size of the florets, check the broccoli after 5 minutes. Small florets should be fully cooked after 5 minutes, but the larger ones and the stem slices might need a minute or two more. The broccoli is done if a fork can pierce the stalk without much difficulty.


Instant Pot Broccoli without Steamer Basket

If you don’t have a steamer basket then simple cook the broccoli using the trivet which comes with the instant pot.

It’s just slightly inconvenient, especially if you are steaming a lot of broccoli but it works well enough!

You can use this technique to steam other vegetables also.As a rule of thumb, most vegetables(cut into bite size pieces) need only 0 minutes to cook.Especially veggies like Mushroom,Spinach,Bell Peppers and Baby Corn.

Larger Vegetables like a whole Cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes etc take slightly longer time.


How to Steam Broccoli

You can add broccoli as a side for so many dishes, but it can seem like a lot of work. Learn how to steam broccoli in a microwave in minutes! Wondering how to steam broccoli without a steamer? Want it soft and tender? Or firm and crispy? See the steaming guide below for answers to all of these plus how to steam your broccoli exactly the way you want it.

Broccoli is one of our favorite side dishes. Sometimes I’ll serve my Vegan Broccoli Casserole. Other times I’ll make this Vegan Broccoli Salad. The options when it comes to broccoli side dishes are unlimited! But most days, we simply love steamed broccoli. It goes perfectly with so many plant-based main meals, like Vegan Baked Ziti.