How to Microwave Broccoli

// How to Microwave Broccoli

Prep Time

1 min

Cook Time

1-2 mins

Free Time

to eat more veggies

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?

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.

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Small Dish


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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • 2 cups (100g) broccoli florets


  1. Cut broccoli into florets and rinse with cold water.
  2. Place in an Anyday dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until broccoli is vibrant green and tender, but not mushy.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • A little spice: Mix with chili crunch and sesame seeds.
  • Cacio e Pepe: Mix with parmesan cheese, black pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Garlic butter: Top with a mixture of room temperature butter, garlic powder, and chopped parsley.
  • Sweet umami: Mix with fish sauce, chili flakes, and maple syrup.

Recipe notes

  • After rinsing the broccoli, don’t dry it before microwaving! The leftover moisture helps the broccoli steam.
  • For the most even cooking, stir halfway through the cook time.
  • For frozen broccoli, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of broccoli to quickly boost the steam. You shouldn’t need to change your cook time.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Microwave Match Up: Broccoli

See for yourself— microwaving broccoli is simply faster, start to finish.

Appliance Cook Time
Microwave in an Anyday dish 3-4 mins
Oven* 20 mins
Stovetop* 15 mins
Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)* 20 mins
*Includes preheat time

Step-by-Step: Microwaving Broccoli

Cut broccoli into florets.

Cover with the lid (knob lifted).

Cook in the microwave.

Broccoli is ready when bright green & tender.

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