Simple Steamed Broccoli

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An easy side dish, this simple steamed broccoli is perfect with a pat of butter and some salt and pepper.


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.

What you’ll need to make steamed broccoli


How to make steamed broccoli

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!


Simple Steamed Broccoli

An easy side dish, this simple steamed broccoli is perfect with a pat of butter and some salt and pepper.

Servings: 4-6
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1-1/2 - 1-3/4 pounds broccoli crowns, cut into 1-1/2" florets
  • Salt, to taste


  1. 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.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • it is super duper bad, why would you make this

    • — kim on May 20, 2020
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    • I think this is meant as a simple and basic recipe to steam broccoli. There is another broccoli recipe that has more flavor if that is what you are looking for.

      • — Amy on June 16, 2020
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  • Thank you so much. Easy recipe & delicious.

  • Perfect!

    • — Darcelle Daigneault
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  • So simple and so delicious! It was a nice change from my usual roasted broccoli that has oil and garlic. It was perfect with the Asian Flat Iron Steak. I would love more recipes on how to cook vegetables simply yet tasty. Thank you!

  • This is so delicious. I have a smaller round but tall pan that I stand the broccoli in the water, bring to boil, lower heat and steam/simmer the vegetable until bright green, then serve. So nutritious and so good! A little salt and pepper.
    We have been adding a dollop of mustard to the broccoli because my spouse read it make for better digestion and nutrition.

  • Thank you for writing this recipe. So simple to steam vegetables but you’ve taken the “guess” work out of it and the consistent result is properly cooked and beautifully green florets appear every time!

  • I was cooking my broccoli wrong all this time until now. Thank you Jenn!

  • Simple and delicious. I love steamed broccoli.

    • — Shirley LaFleur
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