Step 1: Ingredients and Tools Needed
- microwave-safe bowl (cereal bowl or larger)
- broccoli, as much as you can fit into the bowl you are using (or make multiple batches)
- a paring knife or similar small bladed implement
- cutting board
- paper towel
- microwave oven
- a small child to enjoy the broccoli (inner children do not count)
For the uninitiated, broccoli heads should be purchased and used as soon as possible. The heads (florets) should be bright green or even a shade of purple and be tightly bunched together. Any evidence of yellow flowers means the head is past its prime. The stalks should be firm and not too soft or rubbery.
Step 2: Prep the Florets
Once more, with feeling: DO NOT THROW OUT THE STALK. As far as I am concerned, the stalk contains the most flavorful part of the broccoli. But we have been trained by legions of grandmothers and mothers to think that this is only good for the compost heap or, at best, soup. Hate to break up the party, Scruffy, but Gam-Gam was WRONG.
Step 3: Prep the Stalks
Cut this into half inch wide slices. Add to the bowl.
Step 4: Add Water
Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the bowl. Yes, this is really all you need to make it happen.
Soak a paper towel with water and drape it over the bowl. You can either tuck the loose edges of the towel in or just leave them loose, as long as you make a reasonably complete seal over the whole bowl.
Step 5: To the Nuker!
Take your towel-covered bowl and place it into the microwave. If you like your broccoli very crisp, you can set it to cook on high for two minutes. If you like it a little more tender, add a minute. You may have to tinker with the time on your individual microwave to get it just the way you want it. NOTE: the broccoli for this Instructable was cooked using a 1200 watt oven.
Step 6: Make a Child! (optional)
NOTE: This Instructable is only concerned with the microwave steaming of edible members of the Brassica family. Finding a fertile mate who will respond to your varied attempts at social interactions including but not limited to awkward pickup lines, poor attempts at flirting, purchases of alcoholic beverages and outright begging may result in negative and unforeseen consequences. Excessive consumption of broccoli may intensify these consequences. Use broccoli, knives, microwaves and children only with adult supervision.