How to Steam Raw Broccoli in the Microwave

by Stephanie

Raw Broccoli in the Microwave is probably the fastest way to make it. Not only does it keep more vitamins and minerals in the vegetable, it’s also so simple to make! This is the perfect side dish for so many meals. This post contains affiliate links.

How to Steam Fresh Raw Broccoli in the Microwave title image with a big bowl of freshly steamed broccoli.

Previously, I’ve shared how to make frozen broccoli in the microwave, and this is somewhat similar. The cooking time is less since the broccoli is not frozen.

What do you need to make Raw Broccoli in the Microwave?

broccoli crowns before they're cut
  • 3 broccoli crowns, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoon salted butter, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste, optional

How do you make Raw Broccoli in the Microwave?

Wash and chop the broccoli into bite-size heads with scissors or a knife.

freshly cut raw broccoli

Place chopped broccoli in a microwave-safe dish and pour water over the top. You don’t want too much water. You want just enough to cover the bottom of the bowl.

If your dish has a lid, cover it. Or, use a plate to cover. We’re going to steam the broccoli in the microwave.

 Fresh Raw Broccoli in a microwave-safe dish ready to steam

Microwave on high for 4 to 7 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.

In my experience, most people like tender but crisp broccoli, but my family prefers it pretty soft, so I tend to cook it for 7-9 minutes. They don’t like mushy, so I check it often while cooking to get to the soft, but still firm stage.

Be very careful when you remove the broccoli from the microwave. The steam will be hot!

Ready to Eat Freshly Steamed Raw Broccoli in the Microwave in a glass bowl after adding butter

Transfer broccoli to a serving dish. If desired, top with butter, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Meal Ideas to Serve with Steamed Broccoli

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Raw Broccoli in the Microwave
Yield: 4 servings

Raw Broccoli in the Microwave

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 broccoli crowns, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoon salted butter, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste, optional

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the broccoli into bite-size heads with scissors or a knife.
  2. Place chopped broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl and pour water over the top.
  3. If your bowl has a lid, cover it. Or, use a plate to cover. We're going to steam the broccoli in the microwave.
  4. Microwave on high for 4 to 7 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  5. In my experience, most people like tender but crisp broccoli, but my family prefers it pretty soft, so I tend to cook it for 7-9 minutes. They don't like mushy, so I check it often while cooking to get to the soft, but still firm stage.
  6. Be very careful when you remove the broccoli from the microwave. The steam will be hot!
  7. Transfer broccoli to a serving dish.
  8. If desired, top with butter, tossing to coat. Or, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 134mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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