How to Microwave Broccoli
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time4-5 mins
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
Microwave Match Up: Broccoli
See for yourself— microwaving broccoli is simply faster, start to finish.
|Microwave in an Anyday dish||3-4 mins|
|Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)*||20 mins|
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.
Everything you need to know about microwaving broccoli
How long does broccoli take to cook in the microwave?
|2 cups (100g) broccoli florets||3-4 mins|
|4 cups (200g) broccoli florets||5-6 mins|
|6 cups (300g) broccoli florets||6-7 mins|
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 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 frozen florets to a freezer-proof storage bag or portion the broccoli out in an Anytime Freezer Tray. Frozen broccoli should keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.