Rinse the broccoli and break into large, bite-sized florets. Cut off the stem and peel off the thick skin around the stem. Quarter or halve the stem lengthwise.
Bring about 1 inch of water to a boil in a saucepan with a steamer. (Note that if you don’t have a steamer, you can simply put the broccoli directly into a half-inch inch of boiling water.)
Add the broccoli to the steamer and cover; reduce heat to medium and let cook for 3-5 minutes. The broccoli is done when you can pierce it with a fork. Be careful not to overcook it. As soon as it is pierce-able, remove from heat, place in serving dish.
Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and desired garnishes, and serve.
Recipe adapted from The Barefoot Contessa