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Piece of microwave steamed broccoli on a fork.

How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave

How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave, a quick step by step tutorial.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 49kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1 large head broccoli chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste optional


  • Place chopped broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl and pour water over the top.
  • Cover with a plate and microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, until broccoli is tender. Be careful when you remove the broccoli from the microwave. The steam will be hot!
  • Transfer broccoli to a serving dish. If desired, top with butter, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Enjoy!


Approximate nutritional information is for steamed broccoli only. Broccoli tossed with butter, salt and pepper is approximately 100 calories per serving.


Calories: 49kcal