How to Steam Vegetables

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How to Steam Vegetables

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Things To Grab

  • Steamer basket
  • Saucepan or stockpot with lid
  • Tongs

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Cooking up a healthy side of steamed veggies is easier than it looks. Just follow our simple how-to! Plus, we have steam times for all the veggies you love! We're talking about potatoes, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus. 

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  1. Prep Veggies and Place in Basket: Wash and cut vegetables into uniform pieces to ensure consistent cooking. Place in single layer in steamer basket.

  2. Boil Water: Add 1 to 2 inches of water to pot (just below where steamer basket will sit) and bring to boil. 

  3. Add Basket: Add steamer basket of vegetables; cover and reduce to a simmer over medium to medium-low heat.

  4. Steam: Steam until the vegetables are vibrant and a knife pierces through the thickest part easily. 

  5. Remove Basket and Serve: Carefully remove steamer basket from pot and serve immediately. 

  6. Vegetable Steaming Times:
    Red Potatoes (quartered or halved): 17 to 20 minutes
    Butternut Squash (cubed): 12 to 15 minutes
    Green Beans (whole): 8 to 10 minutes
    Baby Carrots (whole): 8 to 10 minutes
    Broccoli (florets): 7 to 10 minutes
    Cauliflower (florets): 7 to 10 minutes
    Asparagus (2-inch pieces): 4 to 7 minutes