Broccoli is one of those vegetables that you either love or hate. I think it was President Bush who said, ďI do not like broccoli and I havenít liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And Iím President of the United States and Iím not going to eat any more broccoli.Ē For the record I love broccoli and hope you do too!
It's quick and easy to prepare with very little waste. It will add colour to any dish, whether it's served hot or cold or even raw. Once steamed, broccoli should still have a crunch about it. If it is soft and mushy then it has been cooked for too long.
Broccoli is low in calories and high in fibre so can be eaten without guilt. But it's also full of vitamin C, A, B, folic acid, potassium, iron and zinc which makes for one healthy vegetable. What more could you ask for?
Pull off any leaves which appear to be wilted or discoloured.
Separate the florets into small pieces.
Wash under running cold water.
How to steam broccoli
There are two methods to steam broccoli.
You will require
a wide rimmed pan with a lid such as a frying pan or a Double Boiler .
knob of butter
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Prepare the broccoli as above.
Place it into a pan with a lid or double boiler.
Pour a cup of water over the broccoli. If you are using a double boiler you can use more water.
The water should cover the bottom of the pan but not all of the broccoli.
Cook on a high speed for 4 minutes.
Drain and put the broccoli in a serving dish.
Toss in a knob of butter and one or two teaspoons of lemon juice.
Method 2You will require
1 microwave dish
some cling film
Prepare your broccoli as above.
Place it into a microwave dish.
Pour enough water into the dish to cover the bottom.
Cover with cling film.
Cook on high for about 2 minutes.
Take out and shake the dish.
Put the dish back into the microwave for another minute.
Serve with hollandaise sauce.
Instead of a microwave dish you can steam broccoli in an oven bag. Put one or two tablespoons of water into the bag with the broccoli and cook for 3 minutes.
We hope our page has helped you to know how to steam broccoli - and enjoy it.