Learn how to steam broccoli with and without a steamer! This helpful guide will teach you the healthiest way to cook broccoli, how long to cook it for, how to microwave it, and more! Keep reading to become a broccoli steaming master…
How to steam broccoli – video tutorial
In this short step by step video, learn how to steam broccoli with and without a steamer. Alternatively, keep reading for plenty of tips, FAQs, and helpful info about steaming broccoli.
How to steam broccoli in a microwave
To steam broccoli in a microwave, all you need is a microwavable bowl, a plate that can sit on top, and 5 minutes.
- Put 2-3 tbsp of water in the bottom of your microwavable bowl.
- Add the broccoli florets and cover with a plate.
- Microwave on high for 3-5 minutes.
How to steam broccoli in a steamer (or pot)
Here is how to steam broccoli in a steamer (or a lidded pot with a steaming rack).
- Bring 1″ of water to the boil in a steamer pot (or a large pot).
- Place the steamer basket on top (or your steaming rack inside) and add the broccoli florets.
- Reduce the heat, so the water is at a gentle simmer, and put the lid on.
- Steam for 5-6 minutes.
How to steam frozen broccoli
How to steam broccoli without a steamer
Steaming broccoli without a steamer can be done a couple of ways.
You can steam it in the microwave (as above). Or you can use a large pot and a steaming rack insert (affiliate link). You really don’t need a big, fancy, expensive steamer to enjoy perfectly steamed broccoli!
Healthiest way to cook broccoli
Vegetables lose nutrients when they’re cooked. So we need to know how to minimise this as much as possible.
When you boil broccoli, some of the nutrients are transferred into the cooking liquid. Which is fine if you are going to use the liquid in a soup or broth. But not great if you are going to drain it.
Microwaving is a quick but intense way of cooking. It’s definitely speedy, but it can zap a few nutrients into oblivion in the process.
Steaming is, by far, the healthiest way to cook broccoli. It doesn’t touch the cooking liquid, so no nutrients are lost there. And it’s not zapped by intense microwaves. Instead, it’s gently steamed. Keeping hold of most of it’s nutrients.
That being said, you can still lose nutrients when steaming. Overcooking broccoli has the same effect as boiling or microwaving. So pay close attention to your broccoli!
Here are some tips you’ll find helpful when steaming broccoli.
- When using a steamer, boil the water in the kettle first to speed things up.
- Don’t overcook your broccoli. It will begin to look dull, and you will start to lose nutrients.
- Try to cut your broccoli florets a similar size, so they cook evenly.
- Inner broccoli florets tend to be smaller than outer florets. So they don’t get overcooked, you can either cook them separately, or add them 2-3 mins into the cooking time.
- Only boil broccoli if you plan to use the cooking liquid too. Otherwise, you will lose nutrients when you drain it.
- The healthiest way to cook broccoli is in a steamer, or in a pot with a steaming rack. You lose the least amount of nutrients this way.
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Essential equipment (Steamer method)
Essential equipment (Microwave method)
- Microwavable bowl
Steamer Method *
- Place a steamer pot, filled with 1" of water, over a high heat. Bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat, so the water is at a gentle simmer. Fit the steamer basket layer on top, and add the broccoli florets.
- Put the lid on and steam for 5-6 minutes. (If using frozen broccoli, add approximately 2 mins to the cooking time.)
- Carefully remove the lid. The broccoli is ready when tender and vibrant green.
- Put 2-3 tbsp of water into a large microwavable bowl.
- Add in the broccoli florets.
- Cover with a plate, and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. (If using frozen broccoli, add approximately 2 mins to the cooking time.)
- Carefully remove the plate. The broccoli is ready when tender and vibrant green.
*You can also use a large pot/saucepan and a steaming rack insert with this method.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 26Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.
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