steamed broccoli floret on fork

How To Steam Broccoli In The Microwave

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

We’ll show you how to make steamed broccoli in the microwave! Perfectly cooked broccoli that’s tender but still crisp, ready to go in just 5 minutes!



  • 6 heaping cups of broccoli florets (from about 3 large heads of broccoli)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Add the broccoli florets to a large, microwave safe bowl. You’ll want the broccoli to come just up to the rim of the bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of water and salt if desired.
  3. Cover with BPA free plastic wrap (or a plate large enough to cover the entire rim of the bowl) and microwave for 5 minutes. Let the broccoli steam in the bowl, covered, for 1-2 minutes after cooking.
  4. Enjoy as is or with salt and pepper, butter and a squeeze of fresh lemon!

Recipe Notes

Store: Cover the broccoli tightly with plastic wrap, or store in a container. Steamed broccoli will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Freeze: Let the steamed broccoli cool down completely and then place onto a baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze for 30 minutes, then place in a freezer bag pressing out as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 4 months.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American