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How To Cook Broccoli Without A Steamer (2)

Stovetop steamed broccoli (3 to 4 servings)


  • 1 bunch of broccoli florets
  • 3 to 4 tbsps of olive oil/mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp of freshly ground black peppers
  • 1 tbsp of salt to taste
  • 3 tbsps of lemon juice/zest
  • Few toasted almonds or fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup of water


  1. First prepare your broccoli crowns by cutting it off away from it’s stems. Carefully cut the crown into bite sized pieces and stems into quarter lengths, place in a bowl and rinse off with under clean running water with some salt to get out any grit.
  2. In a clean cooking skillet or an instant pot, add 1 inch of water and bring to boil. Add your well cut broccoli and steam for 5 to 6 minutes with the lid close if you’re using an instant pot. You can add some pinches of salt while it boils.
  3. Reduce the heat to a medium and remove after the set time. The broccoli turns from a vibrant green to an olive green color once you’re done steaming.
  4.  In case you’re not making use of a timer and you’d also want to know when your broccoli is done, use a fork to pierce it, if the fork pierces through, remove from the heat and serve on a plate.
  5. Serve broccoli with some of your favorite toppings, maybe with some lemon zest, a few drops of olive oil, fennel seeds or almonds, or some freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Proven to be super simple and delicious, cooking your broccoli using this method and without a steamer would definitely make you a fan of broccoli. Be sure to try this recipe for a healthy and delicious way to enjoy your veggies, you’ll thank us later.

If you’d like to see more ideas or get more inspiration on how to cook broccoli properly without a steamer, then we advise that you check out more video recipes.

  • Author: Bobby