How to Steam Vegetables

Created January 10, 2017
From asparagus to zucchini, we’ll show you how to steam any vegetable to perfection. MORE+ LESS-

Steamed vegetables are the perfect side dish for family dinners, and preparing them only takes a few minutes! 

To begin, wash vegetables well before using. For best results, always use fresh vegetables within a few days of purchasing. 

What you’ll need: 

  • Steamer basket 
  • Saucepan or skillet
  • Cut off ends, leaves, stalks or stems of vegetables.
  • In saucepan or skillet, place steamer basket in ½ inch water (water should not touch bottom of basket).
  • Place vegetables in steamer basket.
  • Cover tightly and heat to boiling; reduce heat to low.
  • Steam for length of time indicated in recipe or until crisp-tender or tender, depending on your preference. Season to your liking and enjoy!
Try some of our favorite recipes featuring steamed veggies tonight: