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How to Steam Vegetables

Using gentle heat keeps veggies crisp and nutritious. Prepare delicious steamed vegetables by following these steps.


  • Step 1: Wash and chop veggies Wash your vegetables and chop them into equal-size pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Step 2: Boil water Add a few inches of water to the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  • TIP: Avoid aluminum and tin pots which react with the acidity of some vegetables.
  • Step 3: Use a steamer basket Place the steamer basket into the pot.
  • Step 4: Steam the veggies Cover the pot and cook the vegetables until they reach the desired texture. Cooking time will depend on the size of your vegetable pieces and the amount you are cooking.
  • TIP: Extend your cooking time for softer vegetables, or shorten it for crunchier ones.
  • Step 5: Check the water level Check the water level occasionally if you are steaming for more than a few minutes. Add more water if necessary.
  • Step 6: Finish and serve Remove the pot from the stove and carefully remove the lid to avoid getting burned by the steam. Drizzle the veggies with olive oil or butter and a little salt and pepper and serve your healthy delight.
  • FACT: Vegetables that are orange or dark green in color, such as carrots and kale, are rich in infection-fighting vitamin A.

You Will Need

  • A kitchen knife
  • Vegetables
  • A stainless steel or non-stick pot with lid
  • A steamer basket
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Salt and pepper

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