How Long to Microwave Broccoli?

How Long to Microwave Broccoli?

There is always a debate of whether to boil your broccoli or steam them – a simple answer to this is neither! These cooking options might fit in your taste preference but cut down on broccoli’s nutritional content. 

What’s the best way to enjoy broccoli without destroying the nutrients? – Microwave it! 

How long to microwave broccoli? You can enjoy your nutrient-dense microwaved broccoli meal in 5 simple steps: chop up the broccoli, place 1 quart of chopped broccoli in a microwave-friendly container, pour 3 tablespoons of water to moisten the broccoli, cover the container with a lid, and microwave for 3 minutes.

Now the broccoli is ready to be devoured!

Since you have learned the steps let’s take an overview of a few other considerations you should know before putting the broccoli in the microwave.

Read on to find out!

Why Should You Cook Broccoli in Microwave?

Broccoli is classified as a green plant from the cabbage family with a large flowering head and small leaves that can be enjoyed both raw and cooked. It has a high nutritional value as it’s a good source of fiber, protein, minerals (iron, potassium, calcium, selenium), and vitamins (A, C, E, K, B9).

You probably eat broccoli for the nutritional value mentioned above – what if I tell you that your cooking method is destroying broccoli’s nutrient content? And eating raw broccoli does not solve the issue either, as green veggies provide maximum health benefits after gentle steaming.

The best way to prepare broccoli at home, topped with nutrients, and the taste is to microwave it! Once the vegetable is inside a covered container with little medium to lose its nutrients, it will retain its nutritional value as well as the distinct taste!

How Long to Microwave Broccoli?

Time is the most important detail to microwave broccoli – if you leave it in there for too long, the broccoli might become soggy, and if you don’t, it might be undercooked. Here are details of how to make fully cooked, crunchy broccoli in the microwave:

Yield Wattage  Microwave Time for Broccoli
6 servings 1000W 4 minutes
7 servings  1100W 3 minutes
8 minutes 1200W 2.5 minutes

If you have a microwave with a power lower than 1000W, then you can increase the time accordingly.

How to Cook Broccoli in a Microwave

Step 1: Chop the Broccoli 

The initial step is to remove any debris from the broccoli and chop them into small pieces. This would help develop uniformity so that the heat reaches all the pieces with the same intensity.

Step 2: Moisten the Broccoli

Put the chopped broccoli in a microwave-friendly container and pour 3 tablespoons of water on top to aid the process of vaporization and create a steaming effect.

Step 3: Cover the Container with a Lid

Now, cover the container with a lid so that the heat is trapped inside. With this, the broccoli will cook quickly, conveniently, yet staying crunchy!

Step 4: Set the Microwave on High Power

Set the microwave on high and place the covered container in it for 3 minutes until the broccoli is tender.

Step 5: Dish it Out

Remove the broccoli from the microwave and carefully lift the lid – watch out for the steam! Serve the crunchy broccoli hot.

However, if the broccoli still feels undercooked – heat for an additional 1 minute to get the desired tender yet crunchy texture.

Can You Reheat the Broccoli in the Microwave?

Yes, you can! Reheat broccoli in the microwave for 30-45 seconds on high. Add additional times in 15 second intervals.

Leftover broccoli can be stored for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The freshness would not be the same as day one, the crunch might wear down, and texture will become a little soggy. However, it can be improved through gentle reheating in the microwave.

Additional Flavor Recommendations when Microwaving Broccoli

Feel free to spice up your broccoli a little! The easiest way to prepare delicious, tender, yet crispy broccoli is to simply add melted butter, lemon juice, salt, and pepper on top!

Table Salt: add minimal flavor to your broccoli with a little table salt! Apart from that, there are multiple salt options you can opt for, such as kosher salt, sea salt, pink salt, etc.

Black pepper: pick freshly ground black peppers for the refined taste

Lemon juice: you can choose bottled or fresh lemon juice according to your convenience. However, fresh lemon juice would give a more refined taste.

Butter: add a creamy touch to your broccoli by adding some butter! Make sure to use unsalted butter if you have already added salt.


Broccoli is a healthy addition to your diet! To take full advantage of it and cook it the right and convenient way in a microwave. Follow the instructions, as mentioned earlier, carefully to improve your cooking and health in no time!