Healthy Microwave Broccoli Recipe that’s super easy for a quick steamed vegetable side dish. Ready in less than 5 minutes!

Microwave Broccoli Recipe Steamed in bowl

Microwave Broccoli Recipe

If you love healthy steamed broccoli, then you have to try to microwave broccoli. It’s definitely a game changer. Within minutes, fresh broccoli is steamed in the microwave. The results? Wow, the broccoli is absolutely delicious. Best of all it is so much easier than to try to pull out a pot, heat up water then get the steaming baskets out. All you need to do is to add the broccoli to a bowl, a little water, cover it and microwave. The broccoli is tender and delicious.

Microwave Broccoli Recipe Steamed in bowl

Video Making Healthy “Steamed Broccoli” in the Microwave

How to Cook Broccoli in the Microwave (Tips)

  • Start with fresh broccoli florets. The flavor and texture is awesome when you start with fresh broccoli.
  • Make sure to cut the broccoli into even bite sized pieces. Having even cut pieces will ensure even cooking. That way, all the broccoli pieces are cooked to your liking. Read more about broccoli nutrition.
  • Add a few seconds (15 second increments) to finalize the broccoli to your preferred texture.
  • Don’t forget to add enough seasoning (salt, pepper, spices) to bring out the flavor. A squeeze of lemon juice is nice.
  • If you want to indulge in a few more calories, add some melted butter or cheese on top.
  • All microwave broccoli recipe details are in the recipe box below.
Microwave Broccoli Recipe Steamed in bowl
Microwave Broccoli Recipe Steamed in Microwave |

Microwave Healthy Steamed Broccoli

All microwaves cook differently even if they are of the same size and wattage. You might need to adjust your cooking time. After you cooked your first batch, you’ll know what time is best for your specific microwave and personal taste.
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  • 2 cups (180 g) broccoli florets , cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) water
  • kosher salt , to taste
  • pepper , to taste

Optional Finishes


  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the broccoli, water and salt.
    Water being added to raw broccoli in bowl
  • Cover with a microwave safe lid or plate and Microwave on High for 4 minutes. Stir and test doneness. If needed, cover again and continue microwaving for 15 second intervals or until cooked to your preference.
    Bowl with lid in microwave
  • Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Add any additional optional finishes such as lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, or butter.
    Finished microwaved steamed broccoli in a bowl


Refer to Your Microwave Manual for Safety & Cooking Guidelines
General microwave cooking time notes:
  • 600-800w – Lower Wattage Microwaves: More time often needed
  • 900-1100w – Average Wattage Microwaves
  • 1200-1300w – High Wattage Microwaves: Less time often needed
Microwave Safe Containers & Lids
  • Microwave safe glass (particularly borosilicate glass) & ceramic containers are the recommended choice. *Do not use cracked or otherwise damaged containers.
  • Microwave safe plastic containers are considered safe by the FDA but many health organizations caution against using them
  • Never use plastics (containers, bags, wrap, etc.) that are not labeled microwave safe. Never use styrofoam, metal, or aluminum foil. 
  • Lids – microwave safe glass, ceramic or silicone is best. A microwave safe plate works great as a lid. Parchment paper, wax paper, or paper towels work fine, but may not hold the steam in as much (many recipes benefits from the steam retention). Microwave safe plastic lids are considered acceptable. Usually we prefer to use a lid from glass, ceramic, or silicone and just use the microwave safe plastic lids that come with the containers for storing. 


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Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 31kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 288mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 567IU, Vitamin C: 81mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1mg

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