You’ve discovered the ultimate kitchen hack if you know How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave. It is so quick and easy to prep broccoli by cutting it into florets, putting them in a bowl with some water without a steamer basket, and popping it in the microwave. This method is the best way to get a nutritious side ready in 5 under minutes!

A bowl is full of steamed broccoli

Steamed broccoli is such an easy side that helps you get dinner on the table in hardly any time.

And this already simple dish got even EASIER by steaming the broccoli in the microwave!

This method is faster than using a steamer basket on the stovetop. If you have 5 minutes, then you have all the time you need to get a super healthy side dish ready.

Plus, you only need one bowl, a plate, and some water. This recipe is perfect if you don’t have a steamer basket or don’t want to use the oven.

(However, if you DO have a steamer basket, learn how to steam broccoli on the stovetop!)

Broccoli is an easy and healthy side dish.

How to Steam Broccoli in Microwave

These are the steps to follow to make microwave steamed broccoli:

Cut into Florets

You first need to prepare the fresh broccoli. You can save a step if you buy a bag of broccoli florets from the store.

With a sharp knife, cut away the thick stem. Next, slice the crown into bite-sized pieces.

Rinse the florets under running water to remove any dirt.

Add to Bowl

Place the florets in a microwave-safe bowl with about 3 or 4 tablespoons of water.

If you have a silicone bowl, you can use that, as well.

Cover the vegetables and water with a microwave-safe plate.

Steam in Microwave

Place the bowl and lid in the microwave.

Cook on high for 1 ½ – 2 minutes. Depending on the wattage of your microwave, cooking times will vary.

The broccoli is done when it turns a vibrant, green color. Check for tenderness with a fork.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Steamed broccoli is a healthy side.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: You can prepare the broccoli by cutting it into pieces the day before.
  • To Store: Save leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: It is best to freeze broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet for a couple of hours. Then, transfer the veggies to a freezer-safe bag and keep for up to 6 to 8 months.
  • To Reheat: Place the broccoli back in a microwave safe bowl and warm it up in 30 second intervals.

FAQs

Is it better to microwave or steam broccoli?

While both methods are healthy, cooking broccoli in the microwave is much quicker since you don’t have to wait for the water to boil.

Is microwave steaming broccoli healthy?

Broccoli is already super healthy, and when you steam it in the microwave without oil, it is very good for you. This vegan side is full of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

Can I steam vegetables without a steamer?

Microwaves are perfect to cook veggies without a steamer. Simply place them in a microwave-safe bowl with some water, cover it, and cook for a couple of minutes.

What do you serve microwave broccoli with?

This steamed broccoli recipe is perfect with a drizzle of olive oil or butter, salt, and black pepper as a side for chicken, fish, or beef. Or, top with garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice, or cheese sauce for extra flavor.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Save time. Buy a bag of broccoli florets at the store to cut down on prep.
  • Give it a chop. Slice the broccoli crown into bite-sized pieces so they steam evenly.
  • Start small. You can always cook the veggies longer, so start checking at 1-½ minutes.
  • Check the color. It’s easy to tell when broccoli is cooked because it turns a beautiful, green color.
  • Get creative. Pair this recipe with your favorite dish, and change up the seasonings.
A fork pierces a piece of steamed broccoli.

What to Serve with Steamed Broccoli

Pair microwave-steamed broccoli with any of these dishes:

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How to Steam Broccoli in Microwave

You know the ultimate kitchen hack if you know How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave. It is so quick and easy to prep broccoli by cutting it into florets, putting them in a bowl with some water without a steamer basket, and popping it in the microwave.
Steamed broccoli is in a clear bowl.
Yield 4 servings
Prep 3 minutes
Cook 2 minutes
Total 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 bunch broccoli

Instructions 

  • Cut broccoli crowns off of the large stems and then cut them into bite-sized florets. Rinse them thoroughly to remove any visible dirt or debris.
  • Add broccoli florets to a large, microwave-safe bowl along with 3-4 tablespoons of water.
  • Cover the bowl with a large plate and microwave for 1 ½ – 2 minutes on high power.
  • You’ll know the broccoli is done when it turns bright green and can be easily pierced with a fork. Serve immediately.

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Notes

Learn how to steam broccoli on the stovetop if you have a steamer basket!

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: You can prepare the broccoli by cutting it into pieces the day before.
  • To Store: Save leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: It is best to freeze broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet for a couple of hours. Then, transfer the veggies to a freezer-safe bag and keep for up to 6 to 8 months.
  • To Reheat: Place the broccoli back in a microwave safe bowl and warm it up in 30 second intervals.

Nutrition

Calories: 52kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g, Sodium: 50mg, Potassium: 480mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 947IU, Vitamin C: 136mg, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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