Pan Steamed Broccoli

Total Time:
16 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
6 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds broccoli with stalk, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

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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I love steamed broccoli, but I could never get the timing right. Unlike some of the other comments, cooking for almost 4 minutes on high and 3 on low works best for me. This is because I live at a high altitude, and I have an electric range, not gas. The timing will also depend on how small you cut the florets. Experiment with the timing to find the best texture, but error on the short side. You can always cook something longer. Finally, I used olive oil instead of butter and it was just as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe for steamed broccoli!!! Growing up, my steamed veggies always came from a microwave, and they never turned out this good. Also, in the episode, he mentions that microwaving takes out almost all of the anti-oxidants.<div><br /></div><div>He also mentions in the episode that the water amount is ABOUT 1/3 cup - he says just enough so that the stems aren't covered.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome, never steamed Broccoli before, this was very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this method of preparing broccoli. I use this method and add a sliced clove of garlic in the water :- Loves the garlic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best, Easiest most flavorful way to make steamed broccoli, Cheers Alton. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 &amp; tossed it in bacon fat since I was out of butter, yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!! this broccoli is great. As everyone else I am shocked how great it tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 &amp; tried it - it was really delicious! So simply cooked...no stinky smell, either. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I NEVER cooked broccoli this good before. Elton, you are the best! (My turket brine is cooling down now.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good! and very easy to make. I added a little finely grated bagged cheese (cheddar &amp; monterey jack) and it tasted like candy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great recipe that really captures the essence of broccoli. And yes, that is a good thing. This really is good eats. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh, also, the picture posted is of the Broccoli Salad from the episode, not this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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