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Quick and easy steamed broccoli is a delicious side.
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How to Steam Broccoli

If you know How to Steam Broccoli, then you have a healthy and easy side for any night of the week. Simply prep the broccoli by removing the stems and cutting into florets, then pop them in a steamer basket in a pot with water.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 52 kcal


  • 1 bunch broccoli


  1. 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.
  2. Fill a pot large enough to fit a steamer basket with 1 inch of water. Bring the water to a boil. (If you don’t have a steamer, you can always place the broccoli directly into the pot.)
  3. Add broccoli to the steamer basket and then place it in the pot of boiling water. Cover with a lid, reduce heat to medium, and steam for 5-6 minutes. You’ll know the broccoli is done when it turns bright green and can be easily pierced with a fork.
  4. Once cooked, remove the broccoli from the pot to stop the cooking process and serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave for an even faster way to cook it!

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Cut the broccoli into florets up to 1 to 2 days ahead of time.
  • To Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: Flash freeze broccoli in a single layer on a baking sheet for a couple of hours before transferring to a Ziploc bag. Store in the freezer for up to 6 to 8 months.
  • To Reheat: Warm the broccoli back up in a microwave-safe bowl in 30 second intervals.

Nutrition Facts
How to Steam Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.05g
Sodium 50mg2%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 947IU19%
Vitamin C 136mg165%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.