How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave

Although it may not be your favourite food item, there is no denying that broccoli is a powerhouse vegetable that is extremely healthy for you. The little green tree-looking vegetable boasts a ton of vitamin C, dietary fibre as well as protein to name a few. Those who would rather have their vegetables cooked than eat them raw are strongly encouraged to steam broccoli, as it maintains its full spectrum of nutrients while also tasting delicious.


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    Fresh is Best

    Although you can use frozen broccoli, we highly recommend getting the fresh stuff at your local grocer. Wash the vegetable thoroughly and break or cut it into uniform pieces orĀ florets.

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    2-3 at a Time

    Collect 2-3 cups of broccoli and place them in a glass or ceramic microwave-safe bowl or dish. Add 2 tablespoons of water to the dish and cover it with plastic cling wrap. Be sure to leave one corner open to let out steam.

    Note: Microwaves use the water found within foods to cook them. Broccoli is already quite high in water content, therefore you should not add more than 2 tablespoons of additional water.

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    Heat It

    Cook the broccoli in the microwave on high for 2-2.5 minutes. Once this time has elapsed, check on the bowl to see if the greens have cooked. If has not yet fully cooked, re-cover it with the cling wrap and allow it to sit in the steam until it is well prepared.

    Note: It is better for the broccoli to be undercooked than overcooked, as it could lose some valuable nutrients if left to sit for too long.

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    Once cooked, allow the broccoli to cool slightly. It is not ready to eat. Season to taste and enjoy this delicious vegetable.

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