Pan Steamed Broccoli

Total Time:
16 min
10 min
6 min

4 servings

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds broccoli with stalk, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Peel the stalk of the broccoli, remove the florets and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cut the stalk in half crosswise and then slice each half into 1/8-inch thick slices lengthwise. Place the stalk pieces in the bottom of a 2 1/2 to 3-quart saucepan, add the water and salt. Lay the florets on top. Cover, place over high heat and cook for 3 minutes. Decrease the heat to low and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the butter and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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    Awesome, never steamed Broccoli before, this was very good!
    Love this method of preparing broccoli. I use this method and add a sliced clove of garlic in the water :- Loves the garlic!
    Great recipe, although I do agree with the other comments, 2 mins with cover, 2 minutes without is better for consistency of the bite. Other than that it's great and I love it!
    Best, Easiest most flavorful way to make steamed broccoli, Cheers Alton.
    I just had no idea how much better tasting fresh broccoli was vs. frozen broccoli. Prior to this I was just buying bags of frozen broccoli and popping them in the microwave. I finally decided it would be so much cheaper to just make it myself. And - wow, the taste is so much better. And much more filling!!  
    Thanks for the recipe. Since I like my broccoli very soft and tender, I steamed it for 15 minutes. I also used half a cup of water instead of 1/3 a cup. And I added some cauliflower florets to get a nice little mix. I made so much of it, I can store it in containers and portion it out for the next couple days.  
    I loved Alton's technique for cutting the stems and florets. It made for a much more simplified process. 
    AND A lot cheaper than spending 2 bucks a box for the frozen ones!
    I have actually just started really taking an interest in cooking and looove steamed broccoli. This receipe turned out great and was suuper easy, even the boyfriend was proud of me!!
    Good-tasting, easy recipe. The broccoli turned out too mushy for me when cooked for that long - I will do 2 minutes on high and 2 on low next time. I added some smoked paprika & tossed it in bacon fat since I was out of butter, yum.
    I have always fixed and eaten steamed broccoli simply because it is so good for you, but I never actually enjoyed it. For some time now, I have wanted a recipe for broccoli that actually taste good and isn't complicated. I was amazed how good this broccoli is and how simple the technique is. I followed Alton's recipe to a T. I put a little salt in after placing the stalks on the bottom and sprinkled a little salt on the florets too. The seasoning was perfect. Of course I added the butter as well and tossed it as directed. The only thing I would do differently next time is cook it about 2 minutes on high and 2 minutes on low. The reason for this is it continues to cook from the time you take it off the burner until it actually gets on your plate. It was a bit over done for my liking.
     This is such a great recipe for picky eaters or if you are just introducing broccoli to your young children, this is perfect!
    I love veggies, but for some reason I always have a hard time getting broccoli just right, well... this recipe comes out right and is so easy. I made it tonight in an effort to not let my broccoli go bad. I love that it uses the stems, because these are the most nutritious part of the broccoli and it is a shame that so many people don't eat them. Also, it seriously only takes 6 minutes, so don't make it too early so the broccoli stays nice and bright green!
    I used to love broccoli "trees" when I was young because my grandmother cooked it just right. I never knew how she cooked it so I never bothered cooking it. I would never eat the stalks either. This recipe is outstanding though! Super easy and super delicious. The stalks are even good.
    OMG!! this broccoli is great. As everyone else I am shocked how great it tastes.
    I'm not a huge fan of broccoli - in fact I've never even made it myself. In an effort to eat more veggies I tried this tonight. This cooked perfectly and was actually enjoyable. And made me look like I knew what I was doing, even though I've never cooked it before.
    I, too, was skeptical-I only ate broccoli because it was "so good for you" - I didn't really enjoy it. And I NEVER ate the stems. But I trusted Alton & tried it - it was really delicious! So simply stinky smell, either.
    Love this recipe. Was skeptical but it work great!!! Broccoli came out perfect and colorful. We even ate the stems and loved them. Would recommend this to everyone out there.
    I NEVER cooked broccoli this good before. Elton, you are the best! (My turket brine is cooling down now.)
    I have tried many different ways of preparing broccoli and this is by far the best. The stalks are surprisingly delicious. You should definitely give this one a try.
    I can't bring myself to use the words "love" and "broccoli" in the same sentence so let's just say I really, really, really liked this recipe. The broccoli came out perfectly cooked, not mushy, and with none of that broccoli bitterness. This is a veggie I try to incorporate in my diet because of all its health benefits so thanks to Alton for giving me a way to actually enjoy it, too.
    This was so good! and very easy to make. I added a little finely grated bagged cheese (cheddar & monterey jack) and it tasted like candy.
    A great recipe that really captures the essence of broccoli. And yes, that is a good thing. This really is good eats.
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