Microwave Steamed Broccoli

  • author  Eliza
  • Published Oct 20th, 2018 / Updated Feb 24th, 2020

The best way to cook broccoli in the microwave is to steam it! This is a super simple recipe for microwave steamed broccoli for the next time you need a quick and easy side dish!

Microwave Broccoli
Microwave Steamed Broccoli

Steamed broccoli makes a great side dish for many meals. Steaming it in the microwave is super quick and easy, and a great option if you are short on time.

Cut the broccoli into florets and place in a dish or bowl. You will need a microwave-safe dish with a well-fitting lid (or use a plate upside down on top). You just need a small amount of water, just about half an inch of depth in the bottom of the bowl as you don’t want the broccoli sitting in the water – we just want it to cook in the steam.

The broccoli florets in the bottom of the bowl will be sitting in the water and may get a little overcooked, but you can avoid this by raising the broccoli up out of the water using a microwave-safe trivet or steamer basket, like this Joie silicone vegetable steamer [affiliate link].

Microwave Broccoli

Microwave Broccoli

How to steam broccoli in a microwave. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Global
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 47kcal


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 3 tbsp water


  • Wash broccoli and chop into chunks. 
  • Place chopped broccoli into a microwave safe glass bowl.
  • Add water, and cover the bowl with a plate.
  • Microwave broccoli on high for approximately 3 minutes, until broccoli is bright green and tender. 
  • Take care when removing broccoli from the microwave, the bowl and the steam will be very hot. Serve with butter. 


Calories: 47kcal
Tags: steamed broccoli

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