To steam broccoli without a steamer, start by cutting it into small pieces and placing it in a microwave-safe bowl with 3 tablespoons of water. Then, cover the bowl with a lid, and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes until the broccoli is tender with a brilliant emerald color. Alternatively, add ¼ cup of water to a skillet and bring it to a boil. Next, add the broccoli, put a lid on the skillet, and cook for 3 minutes on high heat. Then, reduce the heat and let the broccoli simmer for another 3 minutes. To learn more, including how to steam broccoli using a metal colander, scroll down.