How to Cook Frozen Broccoli in the Microwave

Frozen vegetables are one of the most popular options for vegetarians. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to prepare them in the microwave.

Luckily, you can use your microwave oven to cook frozen vegetables and other foodstuffs. Here’s how you can cook frozen broccoli in the microwave.

How to Cook Frozen Broccoli in the Microwave?

If you are looking for a quick, easy way to cook frozen broccoli, the microwave is your best option.

Simply place the broccoli in a microwave-safe container or bowl and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly softened.

But healthy eaters will now have another way to get their daily dose of green veggies without resorting to more conventional cooking methods.

Frozen vegetables are just as good for you as fresh ones, and some frozen vegetables can be a real bargain.

Microwave frozen broccoli is a quick and easy way to have healthy vegetables on hand. All you need is a microwave and some broccoli. Simply pop the broccoli into the microwave and set the timer for 3 minutes.

It will be cooked perfectly, with no excess water or seasoning needed. 

Microwave frozen broccoli can be served as is or with fresh chopped parsley garnished to taste. The microwave is so fast that your cooking time here shouldn’t need much adjusting for every household’s yummy preference!

How To Flavor Frozen Broccoli Florets

If you’re looking to add some flavor to your frozen broccoli florets, one option is to sprinkle them with salt, pepper, or other spices before cooking.

Alternatively, you could try adding garlic, ginger, or other flavorsome ingredients to the cooking water or oil before adding the broccoli.

Adding spices to the cooking water or oil helps bring out some of those flavors that are hidden in your frozen broccoli.

While adding a spice, do not stir so as not to break up florets across their surface area by rubbing them together.

You can use one shot glass full of seasoning per half-cup (120 ml) cup worth of feeding; however, you should taste it first and be sure they’re okay before pouring into another dish. The second riveting part is to season your favorite foods. 

More Frozen Broccoli Recipes

There are many Frozen Broccoli recipes to choose from. Here are a few favorites:

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole – Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish. Add 1 cup of melted cheese and spread evenly over the bottom of the dish. Layer in one bag of frozen broccoli, then another layer of cheese. 

Top with bread crumbs and bake for 25 mins. (Note: for a little time changes add 1/2 cup of butter instead of the melted cheese)

Feel free to change out your favorite ingredients from cheddar to mozzarella, or grated sharp cheddar and sharp white Cheddar cheeses. For my version, I substituted smoked Gouda because that was what we had on hand but feel free to use whatever you’d like!

Mix together BBQ sauce with sour cream mixing stiffly. Spread the sauce over your cheese layer and place slices of frozen broccoli on top. Place in oven to simmer 10 mins or until cheese has melted again. Top with carringouons

Casserole – While potatoes are boiling add 1 cup each of shredded fresh cheddar and mozzarella then remove from heat once they have softened a bit but no longer hard after four minutes (Note: remove the cover as it will prevent them ever getting soft). 

After potatoes have been boiled, mix together the cream of chicken soup, sour creme, and mayonnaise on top.

Mix in 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese.

After three minutes of mixing place a layer or half each potato with broccoli & creamy sauce onto the bottom then cover with remaining ingredients over that! Bake for 45-60 mins at 350 degrees (180 degrees C).

What To Serve With Microwaved Frozen Broccoli

When it comes to microwave frozen broccoli, there really is no wrong way to eat it! Some people enjoy it simply stir-fried or boiled, while others like to add it to a creamy or savory dish.

Because broccoli is an incredibly healthy vegetable, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it even when it’s frozen!

Here are a few ideas: Fill pasta with frozen broccoli 

The most common way to cook it is just by boiling the florets until they soften up and get nice & soft. Then you can eat them plain, or covered in a cheese sauce.

You can also pop your frozen raw broccoli on top of baked potatoes to make this dish! It’s just a bit more time-consuming but it makes for delicious baked potatoes and broccoli.

Cooking frozen broccoli in soups, stews or casseroles is traditional when people cook the vegetable with other ingredients such as white beans here, turkey chili here, etc…


Cooking frozen broccoli in the microwave is an easy way to make a healthy side dish for your family. We have listed out some steps to follow while cooking frozen broccoli in the microwave.

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