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Steamed Broccoli

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours 18 minutes

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We’re walking you through how to steam broccoli three different ways (microwave, stovetop, and Instant Pot) for the quickest, easiest green veggie side!

a glass bowl of steamed broccoli with a spoonful of it being held over the bowl

Steamed Broccoli Recipe

Steamed broccoli is the easiest green veggie side to throw together on a busy weeknight (or just any ole night that you want to add another veggie to your plate!). This steamed broccoli recipe includes instructions for the stovetop, microwave, and Instant Pot — so pick your method and get going!

Steamed Broccoli Ingredients

The only ingredient you’ll need here (besides water, of course) is fresh broccoli! You’ll need 1 large head (or 4-5 cups of florets). 

the ingredients needed for steamed broccoli on a marble surface

How do you add flavor to broccoli?

Steamed broccoli is pretty plain and simple, y’all, but if you’re looking to jazz it up, a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt just before serving will do the trick!

How to Steam Broccoli

There are 3 different ways to go about steaming your broccoli: the stovetop, microwave, and Instant Pot. Pick your favorite and go for it!

How to Steam Broccoli on the Stovetop

  1. Add water and boil – add 1 inch of water to a medium-to-large pot and bring to boil over high heat.
  2. Add broccoli – add the steamer insert, then put the broccoli in the insert.
  3. Cook – steam for 6-8 minutes, until bright green and easily pierced with a fork.

How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave

  1. Add broccoli – place the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl with a ½ cup of water.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap – cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or a plate that fits over the bowl.
  3. Cook – steam for 3 ½ (al dente) to 5 (baby-friendly texture) minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and tender.
a glass bowl of chopped broccoli
a glass bowl of steamed broccoli covered in saran wrap
a person pouring water into a glass bowl of broccoli florets
a glass bowl of steamed broccoli covered in saran wrap

How to Steam Broccoli in the Instant Pot

  1. Add water – add ¾ cup of water to the Instant Pot, then place a steamer insert in the pot.
  2. Add broccoli – put the broccoli in the steamer.
  3. Seal, cook, and release – seal the pot, then set to cook for 0 minutes on high pressure. As soon as the timer goes off, release the pressure and remove the lid.

How to Steam Broccoli without a Steamer

If you’re looking for a method that requires NO steamer basket, microwaving your broccoli is your best bet. This method only requires a large microwave-safe bowl and plastic wrap.

How Long to Steam Broccoli

Regardless of method, steaming broccoli should take no longer than 10 minutes. The quickest method is definitely the microwave method, but truly, all 3 methods are super quick and easy.

What is the best way to steam broccoli?

The best way to steam broccoli is going to vary from person to person. I personally prefer to microwave my broccoli (the entire process — from steaming to clean-up — is just too simple for me to pass up), but if you don’t feel great about using the microwave (or you don’t have one), that method won’t be the best for you! 

a glass bowl of broccoli florets

How healthy is steamed broccoli?

Steamed broccoli is super nutritious! Most studies actually show it to be the most nutritious form of this green veggie.

Is steamed broccoli better than raw?

Taste-wise, I think so! I’m actually not a fan of raw broccoli at all, but really enjoy steamed (and roasted) broccoli. Nutrient-wise, studies actually point to steamed broccoli being more nutritious than raw…SCORE!

Steamed Broccoli Recipe

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 9 hrs 18 mins
We’re walking you through how to steam broccoli three different ways (microwave, stovetop, and Instant Pot) for the quickest, easiest green veggie side!

Ingredients  

  • 1 large head broccoli 4-5 cups
  • Water exact amount depends on method

Instructions

Stovetop Method:

  • Add 1 inch of water to a medium-to-large pot and bring to boil over high heat.
  • Add the steamer insert, then put the broccoli in the insert.
  • Steam for 6-8 minutes, until bright green and easily pierced with a fork.

Microwave Method:

  • Place the broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl with a ½ cup of water.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or a plate that fits over the bowl.
  • Cook on high for 3 ½ (al dente) to 5 (baby-friendly texture) minutes, until the broccoli is bright green and tender.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Add ¾ cup of water to the Instant Pot, then place a steamer insert in the pot.
  • Put the broccoli in the steamer.
  • Seal the pot, then set to cook for 0 minutes on high pressure. As soon as the timer goes off, release the pressure and remove the lid.
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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