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Learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave so that it comes out perfect every time – and only takes less than 5 minutes.

Microwave Broccoli Recipe (+VIDEO)

Learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave so that it comes out perfect every time. It's a super easy recipe and only takes less than 5 minutes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword How to steam broccoli in the microwave, Microwave Broccoli
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 52kcal
Author izzycooking


  • large head broccoli about 1 pound
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon  optional


  • Clean your broccoli thoroughly*. Cut the stalk away from the crown. Break the crown apart into big florets and then slice the florets into even bite-sized pieces. (If you like to eat the stems, you can peel the skin and cut them into thin slices.)
  • Add florets into a microwave-safe bowl, and then add water.
  • Cover with a microwave-safe lid or a ceramic plate that can cover the bowl completely.
  • Microwave on high power for 3 minutes. Test for doneness and repeat at 30-second intervals until the broccoli is tender.
  • Remove the lid so that it can stop steaming. Be careful as the steam can be very hot.
  • Transfer the broccoli to a plate.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with optional lemon wedges and enjoy.



  • *The best way to clean broccoli is to use vinegar-water mixture (1:3 ratio between vinegar and water). Soak the broccoli in the mixture for 5 minutes and it will ensure no insects stay lodged inside the florets. Rinse it well under cold tap water afterward.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 947IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg