Your comment may need to be approved before it will appear on the site. Thanks for waiting. First time commenting? Please review the Comment Policy.
Tried today, didn’t work for me. 5 minutes is way too long, should have done 2 minutes. It was soggy..
came out great
Cooked perfectly in 5 min. I used fresh butter and grinder pepper and the family loved it
Delicious, we like Italian dressing on it too
Turned out perfect at 6 min!
Waaay too underdone at 5 min. It was pretty much raw
Sounds like it needed another minute! Also make sure that your water is boiling at a hard boil, not a gentle simmer. You need the steam energy from boiling water.
WAY too long. I find 3-4 minutes perfect for crisp tender. 5 makes it dull and mushy.
Is heat reduced to medium high, medium or simmer?
Hi, Kim! Emma here, managing editor. The heat is reduced to medium. Enjoy!
AMAZING! It was my first time steaming broccoli and it came out great! The 6 minute mark made my broccoli perfect!!
This worked great for me. Best broccoli ever! Everyone loved it. Thanks!
I’ve always been a little random with my technique and timing, but this worked great! I’ll be using it from now on. :)
Tried and true! My only method for steaming broccoli.
How can I steam without steamer?
Hi, Susan! Emma here, managing editor for Simply Recipes. For this method to work properly, you’ll need to buy a steamer basket (like this one). They fit inside almost any pan. Hope that helps!
“2 Bring steamer water to a boil: Place 3/4 to 1 inch of water in a saucepan with a steamer and bring to a boil. (Note that is you don’t have a steamer, you can simply put the broccoli directly into an inch of boiling water.)” Might have been added after your question posted…
To preserve the bright green color, if the broccoli will not be eaten right after steaming, put the freshly steamed broccoli into ice water for just a minute. Drain & place in a covered container until ready to use. A minute or so in the microwave will warm it up at serving time.
The best way to dress steamed Broccoli is using Chinese oyster sauce and sesame oil. It is heavenly.
Great idea, thanks Aileen!
Good but was missing something. The second time I made it, I added a knob of slivered young ginger. Was perfection!
The best way to dress it is lemon juice and some grated Parmesan or Romano. everyone who’s tried it agrees!
Thanks to you, I have become a fan of broccoli.
Great recipe! I normally don’t like broccoli at all but I loved this! :)
Another wonderful way is to steam the broccoli for 4-5 min and then moved broccoli onto a fry pan along with 1tsp of butter, and a dash of garlic & salt for another 3-4 min untill soft. It’s delicious!!!