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Steamed Broccoli

 Published 2015-Feb-26   Updated 2018-Feb-20

- Submitted by Dahlia

Broccoli is a vegetable which is gaining popularity in India because of its high nutrient content. I have already shared many Indian style preparations using Broccoli. I really don't know how I missed out sharing this basic recipe - Steamed Broccoli.

Steamed Broccoli is one of the tastiest yet simplest preparations using Broccoli. Crispy and bright colored broccoli florets tastes simply awesome. My daughter enjoys to have it as a snack with some mayonnaise. You can also make a quick dressing with some olive oil and vinegar and enjoy as a salad.

Recipe For Steamed Broccoli


  • Broccoli - 1 crown
  • Salt - to taste
  • Method


  1. Wash the broccoli. Cut it into florets.
  2. For the broccoli stems, peel the thick outer skin and cut it lengthwise.

    Steamed Broccoli

Steaming on the Stove

  1. Fill about 1 inch of water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
  2. Put the broccoli florets in a steamer basket and place inside the pan. If you do not have a steamer, add the broccoli pieces directly into the boiling water.
  3. Cover the pan with a lid and let it steam for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Drain excess water and serve.

Steaming in Microwave

  1. Place the broccoli florets in a microwave safe ceramic or glass bowl.
  2. Add 1 tbsp of water.
  3. Cover with a microwave safe lid or plate.

    Steamed Broccoli

  4. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. If the broccoli is not done, cook for an additional minute.


  • The broccoli should have turned bright green in color. This is an indication that the broccoli is done. It should be cooked soft enough to insert a fork but it should retain its crispiness. Overcooked mushy broccoli has a very unpleasant taste.

Serving Suggestions

  • You cans Season with some salt and pepper and serve as such.
  • You could also toss with some butter or mayonnaise or cheese and serve.
  • You can add some flavorings like garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, vinegar or soy sauce and serve.
  • Sometimes, I also like to add some toasted sesame seeds or sliced almonds and serve.

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Steamed Broccoli

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Steamed Broccoli

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