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Steamed Broccoli

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Steamed Broccoli is my go-to side dish. It is easy to prepare, goes with everything, and it is good for you. There are several ways to jazz it up according to your family’s own tastes.

a large white bowl filled with steamed fresh broccoli florets with a white plate topped with a steak in the background.

When I am really pressed for time, as in the meal is on the table, I steam my broccoli in the microwave. I will create that post later, for now we are going to steam our broccoli florets in a steamer basket on the stove.

a large white bowl filled with fresh broccoli florets and two smaller bowls with two tablespoons of butter and garlic pepper sea salt seasoning with title graphics.

Those of you following Whole30 or Paleo, use ghee. Everyone else can use either one. The garlic-pepper with sea salt is sold in a grinder container, and just about every store has their own version.

How to steam fresh broccoli in a steamer basket

Fill a large pot with about 1-inch of water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil.

looking down on a large pot with 1-inch of water at the bottom.

Add the broccoli florets to a steamer basket.

fresh broccoli florets in a metal steamer basket sitting on a blue and white checkered towel.

Carefully slide the steamer basket into the pot.

looking down on a metal steamer basket filled with fresh broccoli florets in a large pot.

Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.

a clear lid covered in condensation sits on a saucepan filled with fresh broccoli simmering on the stove.

Taste test to make sure it is crisp tender. If not, cook for one additional minute and try it again.

steamed broccoli in a steamer basket inside a large pot sitting on the stove.

Carefully remove the steamer basket and pour the broccoli into a large bowl.

steamed broccoli in a clear glass bowl tossed with butter and garlic pepper seasoning.

Gently toss with the butter/ghee and the garlic-pepper sea salt seasoning. Serve immediately with your favorite protein.

steamed broccoli and a butter topped steak on a white plate with a black fork on the edge.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Do not overcook your broccoli, it will turn to mush after about 8 minutes.
  • Tender crisp steamed broccoli will still be bright green. Overcooked broccoli will turn olive green and look drab.
  • Feel free to substitute your own seasoning choice, or simply toss with salt and pepper.

Best toppings for steamed broccoli

  • Olive oil and finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Olive oil and lemon juice.
  • Drizzle of balsamic reduction.
  • Fresh garlic sautéed in olive oil.
  • Crumbled goat cheese or feta.
  • For some heat, add crushed red pepper flakes.

Tools used to make this recipe

What to serve with Steamed Broccoli

Enjoy!!

steamed broccoli in a large white bowl tossed with butter and garlic pepper seasoning with title graphic across the top.

Steamed Broccoli

This simple Steamed fresh Broccoli is healthy, delicious, and ready in minutes on the stove. There are many ways to jazz it up and everyone happy!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to steam broccoli, broccoli
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 54kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 2 crowns fresh broccoli about 2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon garlic-pepper sea salt seasoning

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot with about 1-inch of water. Place on the stove and bring to a boil.
  • Add the broccoli florets to a steamer basket. Carefully slide the steamer basket into the pot.
  • Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Taste test to make sure it is crisp tender. If not, cook for one additional minute and try it again.
  • Carefully remove the steamer basket and pour the broccoli into a large bowl.
  • Gently toss with the butter/ghee and the garlic-pepper sea salt seasoning. Serve immediately with your favorite protein.

Notes

  • Do not overcook your broccoli, it will turn to mush after about 8 minutes.
  • Tender crisp steamed broccoli will still be bright green. Overcooked broccoli will turn olive green and look drab.
  • Feel free to substitute your own seasoning choice, or simply toss with salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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