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!
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! :)
Secret recipe: Try steaming the broccoli using a bottle of beer. It is unbelievably delicious, I promise.
My favorite broccoli topping is blue cheese dissolved in simmering cream. Bring cream almost to boil and while stirring cream add ground blue mould cheese allowing it to dissolve. Keep adding cheese until sauce has right consistency. Pour it over your steamed broccoli.
I am also a big fan of broccoli, and I appreciate the new ideas for how to serve it.
Even more, I appreciate the link you provided about how much protein is in various vegetables. That was a very informative and inspiring web site, and makes me feel much more comfortable about eating less meat or even going vegetrian. I am one of those who thought our protein requirements meant the regular consumption of meat. If the info. on the web site is true, I can use meat and fish much more as a “condiment” without worry (or cut it out entirely). Thanks, Elise. The chicken salad recipe also looks fabulous and healthful.
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!!!
Growing up, my mom would mix mayonnaise with a little bit of soy sauce to dress broccoli (or even artichokes or asparagus) – it’s still my favorite dressing. :)
Yes! You are so right about mayo and soy sauce. Also great with asparagus and artichokes
Thanks! I tried that out with boiling it in an inch of salt water and the butter thing. It was tasty. I’m in college so I’m trying to learn how to cook from the internet ^_^
Another great variation is to just barely steam the brocolli, then satuee a good amount of crushed garlic in olive oil. Transfer the brocolli to the skillet with the garlic and sautee the complete mixture for another five minutes or so. Add some salt and pepper to taste; it’s just perfect.
My 3 year old son is crazy about broccoli. We eat it at least twice a week…Our favorite is steamed and then quickly stir-fried with a little soy sauce and sesame oil.
I absolutely love broccoli. I like to steam it very quickly, so it’s still quite al dente, and then saute in butter/olive oil and garlic. I can easily eat a few heads of it.
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