How to Cook Broccoli in a Microwave

        You probably know broccoli – of course, if you don’t, you won’t be here. However, do you know that there are many ways you can cook and enjoy broccoli? You can stir-fry, steam, or roast the versatile and highly nutritious vegetable.


        Of all the ways mentioned, steaming broccoli may be the best because steamed ones are high in fiber, protein, vitamin c and it is also healthful. Fortunately, I found out that one of the best ways to steam broccoli so that you get a perfect result every time is using a microwave for cooking it.

Image: Using a microwave for cooking broccoli

        I have been using a microwave for cooking vegetables such as broccoli for a long time, and it has been easy and fast. To help you get a perfectly steamed broccoli, I will show you the basics of cooking broccoli in a microwave. Read on!

Why Should You Use A Microwave To Cook Broccoli?

        When you are cooking your broccoli in a microwave it means you are steaming it inside an enclosed place where the nutrients don’t have a choice than to stay in the veggie. Also, steaming it in the microwave means that some of the nutrients won’t leach into water, like when using boiling method to steam it.

        Additionally, microwave is faster – when you use boiling water you will have to wait for the water to boil before adding your broccoli, and this can take time.

What Are The Materials Needed To Cook Broccoli In A Microwave?

  • Broccoli heads – this can be two or more depending on what you want
  • Microwave-safe bowl – it can be a ceramic bowl or glass bowl
  • Water
  • You may also need a knife and kitchen board

How to Cook the Broccoli Using a Microwave?

1. Prepping your broccoli

  • First, you start by slicing through the broccoli stem from top to bottom with your knife. Get as close as you can to the crown without cutting it; this way, it forms large florets.
  • Dice the florets into small shapely sizes and put under running water to remove dust or dirt.
  • Trim the already cut stems, peel the tough outer layer and slice the tough bottom. Cut the rest parts into fine circles, wash and keep in a separate bowl.

2. Step-by-step Instructions

Image: Cooking broccoli

  • Place the diced florets and stems into a microwave-safe bowl
  • Put little water into the bowl – about 2 - 3 tablespoons.
  • Close microwave-safe bowl with a lid, place in the microwave. Close it, put it on high, and allow it to stay for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave to check if it's tender enough. If not close the bowl tightly again and put it back into the microwave and then allow it to cook in one minute till tender.
  • Once cooked, serve it and enjoy it!

        Take note that the time for cooking broccoli can vary with microwaves. However, getting the best compact microwave can be a solid choice if you want optimum performance.


        No doubt, most of the popular ways to cook broccoli can eliminate nutrients than can be beneficial to your health. However, cooking broccoli in a microwave can be the best option to opt for if you want to reduce the cooking time and ensure the essential nutrients are not removed.

Jessica Grace

Hey there! I am Jessica Grace - Main editor of I'm a writer about home improvement, kitchen, and bathroom, and hope to share with everybody. I have a passion for exploring and listening to music during my free time. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found what you were looking for!

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