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How to Microwave Broccoli

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Say hello to a fast, easy, and healthy side dish! Steaming broccoli in the microwave preserves its brilliant green color — and its nutrients!. The stalks turn tender, but not mushy, with the right amount of bite. Who thought eating more veggies could be this easy and delicious?

Choose Serving Size

1 cup

2 cups

4 cups

6 cups

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

1-2 mins

How to Microwave Broccoli

(2 reviews)

Say hello to a fast, easy, and healthy side dish! Steaming broccoli in the microwave preserves its brilliant green color — and its nutrients!. The stalks turn tender, but not mushy, with the right amount of bite. Who thought eating more veggies could be this easy and delicious?

Choose Serving Size

1 cup

2 cups

4 cups

6 cups

Recipe written for 1000w microwaves.

Why Use An Anyday? The best way to cook broccoli is steaming it in the microwave with Anyday (we may be biased, but it’s true!). Anyday's silicone-lined lid creates an air-tight seal, which steams the florets to crisp, tender perfection — no boiling or draining required.

Why Use An Anyday?
The best way to cook broccoli is steaming it in the microwave with Anyday (we may be biased, but it’s true!). Anyday's silicone-lined lid creates an air-tight seal, which steams the florets to crisp, tender perfection — no boiling or draining required.

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Broccoli: 4 Ways

Customize your microwaved broccoli with these recipe ideas.

Cacio e Pepe

Black Pepper + Parmesan

Tangy Chili

Chili Crisp + Soy Sauce + Rice Vinegar

Lemon Butter

Lemon Zest and Juice + Butter

Sesame-Soy

Soy Sauce + Sesame Seeds

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Everything You Need to Know About Microwaving Broccoli

How long does broccoli take to cook in the microwave?

Ingredient Cook Time
1 cup broccoli florets 1-2 mins
2 cups broccoli florets 3-4 mins
4 cups broccoli florets 5-6 mins
6 cups broccoli florets 6-7 mins
Cook time calculated for 1000w microwave

Not long at all! Fresh broccoli florets take about 3-4 minutes to steam in the microwave. After the broccoli cooks, make sure to remove the lid from the dish. If you keep the lid on the dish, the broccoli will continue cooking and can result in mushy, overcooked florets. Not what we want!

How to cook frozen broccoli in the microwave?

Frozen broccoli florets take about 3-4 minutes to steam in the microwave. This is about the same time it takes to cook fresh florets. When cooked in the microwave, add 1 teaspoon of water to the frozen broccoli to quickly boost the steam.

How to tell when broccoli is cooked through?

Properly cooked broccoli florets are bright green and tender, with a crisp (not mushy) stem. To check if the broccoli is done to your liking, pierce the stem of a broccoli floret with a fork. If the broccoli is resistant, it may need an extra 1-2 minutes in the microwave. For softer, more tender broccoli that is safe for babies and people with trouble swallowing, microwave the broccoli for a minute or two longer.

How to freeze microwaved broccoli?

Like most vegetables, broccoli must be par-cooked before freezing. This will keep the integrity of the vegetable when you’re ready to use it later. First, cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Steam florets for 1-2 minutes in the Anyday, and then lay the cooked florets on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool completely, about 5-10 minutes. Pat dry any excess moisture (nobody wants ice-clad broccoli florets!). Freeze the broccoli on the baking sheet for at least 4 hours, and then transfer the frozen florets to a freezer-proof storage bag or portion the broccoli out in an Anytime Freezer Tray. Frozen broccoli should be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months.