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Kid Friendly Steamed Broccoli

Updated on August 1, 2012

Despite President Bush’s 1990 proclamation that he never wanted to eat another piece of broccoli again, my kids love these green “little trees.” Broccoli done right can delicious and enjoyed by everyone in the family.

High in vitamin C, protein, and fiber, broccoli also boosts the immune system and decreases cancer risk. Overcooked, broccoli can become mushy, a sure sign that it has lost both its taste and nutrients. Make sure to follow these directions for perfect steamed broccoli every time!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: 2-3 cups


  • 2-3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • pinch Salt


  1. Fill a pot with 1-2 inches of water. Bring to a boil.
  2. Place the broccoli into a steamer. If you don't have a steamer, place it directly in the water.
  3. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 6-7 minutes.
  4. Strain the broccoli.
  5. Add a little butter and salt to taste.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Other Ways to Dress Broccoli

Here are some additional easy ways to dress up broccoli for your kids:

  • Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Add some olive oil and balsamic vinegar
  • Ranch dressing "dip"
  • Sprinkle with cheese or make a cheese "dip". Cheddar is a favorite, but any cheese your kids like will do.
  • Toss with pasta

Broccoli Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup, chopped
Calories 31
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for the fanmail and follow. I love broccolli so I stopped by to thank you on this hub. You're a prolific hubber! I'm also enjoying the responses to the VP Debate question. See you around.

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      LauraGT 6 years ago from MA

      Thanks Pamela! I'm not sure why broccoli has such a bad rep, but we all love it!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. This sounds like the way I like to cook it, plus I like it raw. Rated up!

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      LauraGT 6 years ago from MA

      Thanks Marcy! I've also been really surprised with what my kids will eat if I just put it in front of them without too much rigamarole. Of course, they go through phases, but they both like lots of different kinds of veggies.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Yum - I love broccoli and also Brussels sprouts! Very useful hub for families with small kids. I found when my kids were little that they didn't know they were 'supposed' to hate vegetables - so we always had a good variety of fresh veggies and they learned early to love all of them. One kid doesn't like peas, but since they're grown up now, and they basically always eat everything else, I'll give him a pass on that.

      Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      LauraGT 6 years ago from MA

      Thanks all. Glad broccoli is a hit in your homes too! :)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Nice hub.

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      HawaiiHeart 6 years ago from Hawaii

      It's sometimes hard to get my kids to eat broccoli, but telling them to eat the "little trees" sometimes work.

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Obviously your kids are smarter than George Bush. Broccoli is delish. I eat it every day, which my granddaughter noticed and now she likes it also! We prefer it raw, but steamed is yum also!