How to Steam Raw Broccoli in the Microwave

Microwaves are one of the finest methods to rapidly and simply prepare veggies. Here are the fundamentals of steaming broccoli (or any vegetable) in the microwave. It’s practically infallible!

It is not only simple to make, but it also protects more vitamins and minerals in the vegetable. This is an excellent side dish for a wide range of meals.

This is similar to how I previously explained how to microwave frozen broccoli. The cooking time is reduced because the broccoli is not frozen.

What do you need to make Raw Broccoli in the Microwave?

  • 3 broccoli crowns, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon salted butter (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons water

How do you make Raw Broccoli in the Microwave?

Use scissors or a knife to cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. If you want to consume the stalks, cut them into bite-sized pieces and remove any especially woody areas to ensure that everything cooks evenly.

How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave

Drain the excess water. You don’t want too much water. 2 to 3 tablespoons water for one pound broccoli (approximately one head). Cover completely. Instead of using plastic wrap for microwaving, we utilize a ceramic or stoneware plate.

Steam Broccoli in the Microwave

Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on HIGH (normal power). Depending on the power of your microwave, this should yield soft yet slightly crunchy broccoli – not mushy. Try 2 1/2 minutes first, then check, re-cover, and re-insert if not done.

According to my observations, most people prefer delicate yet crisp broccoli, but my family prefers it soft, so I cook it for 7-9 minutes.

Steaming broccoli in the microwave is better than boiling

Carefully remove the cover! Remove the lid to halt the steaming, but be careful; the steam is hot and can severely burn you if you are not careful.

Use considerable caution when taking the broccoli from the microwave. It will be steaming hot.

Arrange the broccoli on a serving plate. Before steaming, we may add a little pat of butter or a splash of soy sauce. After the broccoli has been cooked, we normally season it with salt and pepper.

Cooking Time & Yield

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 Minutes
  • Total Time: 12 Minutes
  • Yield : 4

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 66 Kcal
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 134mg


Can you steam fresh broccoli in the microwave?

Yes, you can steam fresh broccoli in the microwave. Pour water over the top of the chopped fresh broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 4 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft.

Can raw broccoli be microwaved?

Absolutely. It’s one of my favorite ways to prepare this veggie, and it’s surely the quickest and easiest. As long as you don’t overcook it, the broccoli will be crisp-tender and vivid green.

How do you steam broccoli without a steamer in the microwave?

Start by chopping the broccoli into tiny pieces and placing it in a microwave-safe dish with 3 tablespoons of water. Then, place the bowl in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft and a vivid emerald color.

Is it better to microwave or boil broccoli?

Boiling broccoli removes several minerals, including B vitamins and vitamin C. Even cancer-fighting glucosinolates degrade in boiling water.

Nutritionists recommend microwaving broccoli. That doesn’t imply tossing it on a platter. You’re heating within. Nutrients are stuck. The veggie keeps it.

Steaming veggies is better than boiling. A November 2015 study found that boiling fresh broccoli preserves and enhances its nutrients.

The microwave approach is preferable than boiling the vegetables since certain nutrients can leak into the water. In addition, microwaving broccoli is faster than boiling it on the stove.

I am Chef Harunur Rashid Azim. I inherited my family's love of cooking at a young age. I graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in London, UK, with determination and passion to become a chef. Follow me on Twitter: @RashidIsChef, FB: Azim

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