How To Cook Broccoli In A Microwave

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how to cook broccoli in a microwave

If you’ve been cooking broccoli by boiling it in a pot of water or steaming it on top of boiling water, you must try cooking broccoli in a microwave.   Once you try cooking broccoli in a microwave, you’ll never go back by using that cumbersome pot of water.

Cooking broccoli in a microwave is very easy, takes only a couple of minutes and doesn’t make any mess!  Microwaving broccoli is a perfect convenient way to cook it!

Recipe: How To Cook Broccoli In The Microwave


  • Broccoli


  • Wash the broccoli and cut into florets.
  • Put the broccoli in a microwave-safe dish.
  • Cover the dish with the lid. If you don’t have a lid, you can use plastic wrap to cover.
  • Put the broccoli in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with salt to taste.

When you take the broccoli out of the microwave, it should be slightly undercooked – it will cook a little more on its own while it’s so hot, so in a few minutes it will be perfect.  Steamed broccoli should still be slightly crispy – if you cook it to the point that it’s completely soft, it will be mushy and not tasty.  So don’t overcook the broccoli!

Microwave power varies, so if your microwave doesn’t produce perfectly cooked broccoli in 3 minutes, you can increase the cooking time in 30 second increments, until you find the perfect broccoli cooking time for your microwave.

That’s all there is to cooking broccoli in a microwave – super easy!

If you are looking for more ways to cook broccoli, try the roasted broccoli – it’s my favorite way to cook broccoli!  See how to make roasted broccoli.

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