Soft Buttered Broccoli

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
While high heat roasting might remain the gold standard for cooking most vegetables, there are some that benefit from steaming for a few minutes longer than you’d think necessary. Overcooked broccoli takes on a soft and almost creamy texture when steamed and slathered with salty butter.



  1. Set up a steamer basket in a 3-quart saucepan. Add enough water to come up to the bottom of the basket. Bring the water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets to the basket, cover and cook until the broccoli is soft and nearly falling apart but still holds its shape, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer the broccoli to a large bowl. Add the butter and gently toss; season with salt and pepper.