If you’re someone who enjoys cooking steamed veggies in bulk or loves to meal prep, then you’ll know how challenging it can be to reheat vegetables and ensure that they’re still fresh and delicious.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss the best techniques for reheating leftover broccoli, so it retains its texture and doesn’t turn mushy.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli in a Conventional Oven
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread out your leftover broccoli on the baking sheet so that they’re not overcrowded.
- Drizzle some olive oil over the top of the broccoli if desired.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 10-12 minutes or until hot and crispy.
Pro tip: You can add some Parmesan cheese over the top of the broccoli before baking for an added burst of flavor.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli in the Microwave
- Place your leftover broccoli in a microwave-safe dish with a lid.
- Add one tablespoon of water per cup of steamed broccoli.
- Cover your dish with a microwave-safe plastic wrap or lid (with venting).
- Heat it up at high power for about 2-3 minutes (time may vary according to your microwave’s wattage) or until heated through.
Pro tip: If you find that your steamed broccoli turns mushy when microwaving, try reheating them in 30-second intervals instead of all at once.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli in a Skillet
- Heat up some olive oil or butter into a skillet over medium heat.
- Add your leftover broccoli into the pan and spread them out evenly so that they don’t overcrowd each other.
- Shake pan often and cook for around 3-5 minutes, or until heated through.
Pro tip: You can add some salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your skillet for an added layer of flavor.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli by Searing
- Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add some olive oil or butter to your skillet.
- Place your leftover broccoli on the skillet in a single layer.
- Cook for about 1-2 minutes on each side so that they sear nicely from both sides.
Pro tip: You can add some pine nuts and dried cranberries over the top of the broccoli before searing them for an added crunch and sweetness.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli in an Air Fryer
- Preheat your air fryer to 350°F.
- Arrange your leftover broccoli into an even layer inside the basket (if you have a smaller air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches).
- Cook for around 4-5 minutes or until hot and crispy.
Pro tip: Do not overcrowd your air fryer basket as it won’t get as crispy compared to when there’s enough space between them.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli Using a Toaster Oven
- Preheat your toaster oven at high temperature (around 400°F).
- Arrange the steamed leftover broccoli onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Bake for around 5 -7 minutes until heated through; check frequently not to overcook them as every toaster oven differs slightly.
Pro-tip: Sprinkle chili flakes plus lemon zest over roasted steamed broccoli before placing it into the toaster oven; this elevates its flavor significantly without adding calories!
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli in a Broiler
- Turn on your broiler (high temp) and place a single layer of the broccoli florets on a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread them out, and evenly drizzle with some oil or butter for flavor.
- Place it under the broiler and broil for about 3 minutes on each side or until beautifully charred.
Pro-tip: Lemon pepper seasoning & parmesan cheese enhance taste and make it more delicious.
How to Reheat Steamed Broccoli in a Slow Cooker
- Add your leftover steamed broccoli to your slow cooker with minimal water.
- Cover it up and cook on low heat until heated through (approximately 30-40 minutes).
- Remove the lid, season, and serve hot!
Pro-tip: Add in some extra protein like tofu or chickpeas to amp up this dish’s nutritional value when reheating.
Is It Safe To Reheat Steamed Broccoli?
As long as you follow proper food storage tips such as refrigerating steamed broccoli within two hours of cooking it at room temperature, then reheating them is perfectly safe. The key is to reheat leftovers adequately so that they retain their texture without turning mushy.
In conclusion, by applying these microwave reheating tips plus methods through various kitchen appliances – stovetop skillet/oven, toaster oven air fryer – you can reheat vegetables (especially broccoli) quickly while maintaining freshness.
These tips also work well for frozen vegetables & meal planning ideas that are essential for healthy meal prep at home. Lastly but not least, don’t forget to explore new dishes using spare steamed veggies like broccoli recipes as finishing touches!
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