How to Steam Broccoli
easy steamed broccoli in a pot on the stove
If you're not sure how exactly to use a steamer or how long to steam broccoli, check out this quick recipe.
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What you will need
1 head broccoli
Salt as needed
Olive oil as needed
How to cook
Trim the stem
A typical head of broccoli will have dried out somewhat at the base of the stem. Cut away that dry part.
Score the stem
When trimming broccoli, in order to use as much of the stem as possible (it's delicious). I like to start by making some random slices into the stem, towards the flower, then separating the head along those slices by hand.
I love the random shapes you get when you cut broccoli through the stem like this.
Add about an inch of water to a pot. Put it on high heat and drop your steamer basket into the pot.
When the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat slightly to avoid drying out the pot, then dump in the broccoli and put the lid on.
Steam for about 3 minutes
3 minutes is perfect for my tastes. I think steamed broccoli should stay bright green and maintain a good firm texture. But if you like your broccoli more tender, just cook it a bit longer.
Remove and serve
For a simple, delicious, and super-healthy broccoli side, just squeeze some fresh lemon juice on steamed broccoli and finish with a little olive oil and sea salt.
You don't get much simpler. You might be surprised how much flavor you can get out of your vegetables when you let them shine like this. Give it a try. And if it doesn't work for you, you can always just add some cheese and bacon bits.