There are endless creative ways to prepare broccoli — for one of my favorite recipes, click here — but if I’m in a hurry or preparing a main course with a flavorful sauce, I’ll often prepare it simply steamed. My kids actually prefer it this way, topped with a simple pat of butter and seasoned with salt and pepper. It’s also delicious with a squeeze of lemon or drizzle of soy sauce and toasted sesame oil.
To start, cut the broccoli into 1-1/2″ florets — it’s important that they’re all about the same size so that they cook at the same rate. Fill a large pot with an inch of water and bring to a rolling boil. Place a steamer basket inside the pot and add the broccoli.
Cover with a tight-fitting lid, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, until the broccoli is tender. It’s personal preference but I like my broccoli fully cooked, rather than “al dente.”
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!
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Simple Steamed Broccoli
- 1-1/2 - 1-3/4 pounds broccoli crowns, cut into 1-1/2" florets
- Salt, to taste
- Fill a large pot with about an inch of water and bring to a rolling boil. Place the broccoli florets in a steamer basket inside the pot. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the broccoli is bright green and tender. Add salt to taste.