Steamed Broccoli

Skip the frozen bags of steamed broccoli at the grocery store, and steam fresh broccoli instead. This easy recipe is perfect to serve with a simple protein or main dish. A healthy side dish for a quick and easy meal!

Steamed broccoli in a curved rectangular serving dish.
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Steamed Broccoli Recipe

Microwave-steamed broccoli is good in a pinch, but steaming fresh produce always tastes so much better. Mushy broccoli is never an appealing sight, nor is it appetizing at the dinner table.

This healthy broccoli always turns out crisp, tender and flavorful. Oh, and the health benefits of broccoli are a bonus too!

Fresh broccoli is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has also been known to reduce inflammation and aids in blood sugar control. I would venture to say that broccoli is definitely a super food!

Oven roasted broccoli is one of my favorite ways to prepare this crunchy green veggie, but steamed broccoli is great to make when I need my oven space open.

a plate of rice with steak and broccoli on top

Why You'll Love this Recipe

This simple and delicious recipe is low calorie and low fat but packed full of flavor. A great dish for a simple dinner, fancy dinner, and everything in between!

  • It only takes about 10 minutes to make this recipe. The cooking method of steaming veggies is one of the fastest ways to prepare them.
  • Clean up will not be difficult, making this a great dish to make on busy evenings when you're short on time. It's the best way to eat healthy really quickly.
  • This is a tasty way to get in a good serving of vegetables with fresh flavor. Picky eaters will even enjoy this dish!
Raw broccoli, salt and pepper in glass bowls.


Everyone needs a good steamed broccoli recipe, and this one is it! Here is everything you need to steam broccoli:

  • fresh broccoli florets
  • water
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper

Substitutions and Variations

Add some extra flavor to these crispy little veggies with garlic powder and onion powder. In addition, some seasoned salt would taste yummy!

There's always room to add a little pat of butter to your serving of freshly steamed broccoli.

Don't have olive oil on hand? You can use any other mild flavored oil, like avocado oil, in its place.

Make some broccoli with an Asian flair by tossing it with sesame oil and soy sauce. You can add some sesame seeds to it as well!

Steamed broccoli in a black, curved rectangular serving dish.

How to Make Steamed Broccoli

Here's how to make this Steamed Broccoli recipe:

Hot Tip: Wash your broccoli thoroughly before steaming it! You can rinse the florets in a strainer and then spin in a salad spinner (affiliate) to drain quickly.

  1. Begin by trimming the broccoli stalks from a head of broccoli into individual florets. Make sure to cut the florets roughly the same size so that they all cook evenly.
  2. Place freshly washed and cut florets into a steamer basket and place over a large pot with 2 inches of water in the bottom. Then bring the water to boil over high heat on the stove top.
  3. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, cover the steamer and pot with a lid. Steam the broccoli for about 5 minutes until it's tender and has a bright green color.
  4. It's important to watch the broccoli closely while steams. It can quickly switch from that beautiful vibrant green color to a limp dark green broccoli pretty quickly.
  5. Once cooked, drain the broccoli and season with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Steamed broccoli in a black serving dish.

How to Store Leftover Steamed Broccoli

Store leftovers in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing leftovers as it can become quite mushy broccoli when reheated from frozen.

Reheat in the microwave or oven until warm, it won't take long to heat!

Broccoli Beef Stir Fry on a bed of white rice with sesame seeds on top

What to Serve with Steamed Broccoli

You can use this steamed broccoli in so many ways. It's delicious in the classic Asian dish beef and broccoli stir fry or as a side with kimchi udon.

I love to pair this tender and flavorful broccoli with a healthy main dish of pesto salmon or grilled chicken drumsticks. And another simple side like Instant Pot brown rice is great to go with it. Or even these roasted rosemary potatoes would be a great pairing.

Fresh vegetables are a delicious side dish with pasta too. Serve this simple steamed broccoli alongside baked rigatoni or lemon ricotta pasta.

You could also make some healthy veggies to save calories at your cook-out filled with juicy grilled chicken burgers, New Orleans BBQ shrimp, and oven roasted green beans.

Broccoli is also lovely to pair with cheese sauce or some freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Tips for Success

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • Use filtered water to ensure the best flavor! Tap water can often have a funny smell or taste to it.
  • Make sure you measure out the amount of salt and pepper used so that you don't make your steamed veggies too salty.
  • Cut each broccoli stem short enough so that they aren't too thick. The stalks won't take on as much flavor as the top of the florets, but they'll still be tender and tasty.
Steamed broccoli in a serving dish.


How do I steam broccoli without a steamer?

If you don't have a steamer, you can still make this easy steamed broccoli recipe. Add broccoli to a a large skillet with about 1 inch of water, cover, and heat for a few minutes until the broccoli is bright green. Drain the water off and enjoy!

What steamer is the best to use?

Use whichever is your favorite. A bamboo steamer and silicone steamer basket are two of the easiest varieties to use. Stainless steel steamers work great as well!

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Steamed broccoli in a serving dish.

Steamed Broccoli

This yummy steamed broccoli recipe is super easy to make and perfect to serve with any main dish!
4.99 from 62 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Madison Wetherill


  • 1 ½ cups broccoli florets about 2-3 heads of broccoli trimmed
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Trim broccoli stalks into florets. You want these to be roughly the same size so they cook evenly!
  • Add broccoli florets to a steamer basket and place over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, cover steamer and pot with lid and let steam for 5 minutes until broccoli is bright green and fork tender. Keep a close eye on it as steamed broccoli can go from bright green and delicious to dark green and sad quickly!
  • Drain broccoli and season with 2 teaspoons olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 404mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 5g

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