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Close-up view of steamed broccoli florets with lemon wedges in a large bowl.

Perfectly Steamed Broccoli

Learn how to make perfectly steamed broccoli in just 5 minutes! Fresh, crisp, and flawlessly tender every time. Add this perfectly steamed broccoli to your favorite meal for a nutritious, healthy boost!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword easy side, good for you, quick and easy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 52kcal


  • Large saucepan
  • Steamer basket


  • 1 head broccoli chopped into florets
  • desired seasonings salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, lemon juice, etc.


  • Fill saucepan with 2-3 inches water and place steamer basket insert in saucepan. Note that waterline should not touch bottom of steamer basket - leave 5 or so inches between top of water and bottom of basket.
    Steamer basket insert in large saucepan on wooden tabletop, shown from directly overhead.
  • Bring water to boil over high heat. Once water begins to boil rapidly, place chopped florets in basket and reduce heat to medium.
    Broccoli florets in steamer basket insert in large saucepan on wooden table.
  • Steam broccoli, uncovered, 5 to 7 minutes or until florets are fork-tender. Transfer florets to serving bowl, season as desired, and serve warm.
    Bright green steamed broccoli florets in steamer basket inserted into large saucepan.


  • "Fork-tender" means the broccoli florets can easily be pierced with the tines of a fork. Be sure not to overcook the florets!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 947IU | Vitamin C: 136mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 6g