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How To Cook Broccoli

How to cook broccoli in 3 minutes! The perfect broccoli side dish for easy weeknight meals
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 2


  • Saute Pan
  • Lid


  • 2 Crowns Broccoli
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Pinch Salt to taste
  • 1 Pinch Pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbs Water


  • Cut your crowns of broccoli into small florets.  I usually cut them up extra small for my toddler.

  • Put the cut broccoli into the saute pan directly from the cutting board.  This saves you a lot of dishes!

  • Add salt, pepper, and olive oil to taste on your broccoli in the saute pan.

  • Toss the broccoli in the saute pan to coat.  The saute pan doubles as a cooking pan as well as a mixing bowl.

  • Add 3 Tbs of water to the pan.

  • Put the pan on the stove and cover it with the fitted lid.

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  • Turn your burner to medium-high to high heat.

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  • Set your timer for 2 to 3 min.

  • Remove the lid and check your broccoli for doneness. 

  • If the broccoli is still hard and there’s no more water in the pan add a tiny bit more water and close the lid for another 30 seconds.

  • Once the broccoli is done, remove from pan into serving dish!

  • Enjoy!

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  • This method relies on steaming the broccoli so the amount of water you use will depend on how much broccoli you have.  
  • If there is water left in the pan after the broccoli is done, simply remove the lid and saute a bit to let the rest of the water evaporate.
  • To brown the broccoli and give it that nutty taste of roasted broccoli saute the broccoli after you remove the lit until you see it brown on the outside slightly.
  • Make sure the lid fits the pan properly so that you don’t let steam escape during the cooking process.
  • Leave the lid on for longer if you want really soft broccoli.  And remove the lit sooner if you want crunchier broccoli.
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