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How to Cook Broccoli Without a Steamer

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author image Joshua McCarron
Joshua McCarron has been writing both online and offline since 1995. He has been employed as a copywriter since 2005 and in that position has written numerous blogs, online articles, websites, sales letters and news releases. McCarron graduated from York University in Toronto with a bachelor's degree in English.
How to Cook Broccoli Without a Steamer
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Broccoli is a vegetable that is characterized by its vibrant green color, thick stalks and tightly packed florets. Broccoli is nutritionally dense, and plays an important role in any healthy diet. Broccoli is commonly included in meals as a side dish or as an ingredient in soups, salads and casseroles. Steaming broccoli is the preferred preparation method of many people; however, even if you don’t have a steamer, you can still cook your broccoli to taste the same.

Microwave

Step 1

Wash the broccoli florets and stalk under cool, running water.

Step 2

Cut the florets from the stalk about 1 inch below the florets.

Step 3

Break off the florets by hand so that they are all individual.

Step 4

Chop the stalk into individual pieces, if desired.

Step 5

Add the broccoli pieces to the microwave-safe container, arranging any stalk pieces along the perimeter of the pan.

Step 6

Add 1 tbsp. water to the dish for each ½ lb. of broccoli you are going to cook.

Step 7

Cover the dish with plastic wrap and cut a small, 1-inch slit in the wrap's corner to act as a steam vent.

Step 8

Microwave the broccoli florets on high power for three to four minutes.

Step 9

Remove the dish and allow it to stand for four to five minutes.

Step 10

Insert a fork into the broccoli to ensure that it is cooked to your liking.

Boiling

Step 1

Wash and trim the broccoli.

Step 2

Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove.

Step 3

Add your broccoli pieces to the water and boil them for four to five minutes or until they are bright green and tender.

Step 4

Drain the broccoli in a colander in the sink and serve.

Sautéing

Step 1

Wash and trim the broccoli.

Step 2

Add ingredients, such as 2 tbsp. vegetable oil, minced garlic and onion, and red pepper flakes, to a wok or skillet set over medium-high heat.

Step 3

Heat the ingredients for up to 30 seconds and then add the broccoli pieces to the pan.

Step 4

Stir the broccoli frequently for three minutes, then add 1/2 cup chicken broth and continue to cook until the broccoli is tender or about three to five minutes.

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