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How to Steam Broccoli

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5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Serves 4
This steamed broccoli recipe is my favorite method for cooking broccoli. It takes less than 10 minutes, and the florets are sweet, crisp-tender, and bright green. Serve it as a side dish, or toss it into grain bowls, mac and cheese, and more!


  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • Water, for steaming
  • Olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, for seasoning, optional


  • Place the broccoli florets in a steamer basket and set over a pot with 1-inch of water.
  • Bring the water to a simmer, cover, and let steam 5 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  • Season the steamed broccoli with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, as desired.