Steamed Vegetables

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Steaming is a healthy and quick method to cook your veggies. Just about any vegetable can be burned. Some root vegetables, such as beets or squash, will take longer to cook than broccoli or zucchini. Steaming vegetables is one of the best ways to retain more essential nutrients during cooking. It is also lower in calories and fat content than roasting or sautéing, as you don't need to add oil or butter to cook them. 

Steamed Vegetables don't need to be tasteless or boring. Here vegetables are cooked over water using a bamboo steamer, then tossed with fresh thyme, parsley, smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten everything, and finished with Maldon sea salt to add some crunch and flavor to your vegetables. Another great way to liven up steamed vegetables is by tossing them with balsamic or apple cider vinegar.  

Steamed vegetables benefit everyone, especially those with diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, or Crohn's disease, who have difficulty digesting or metabolizing some foods. 

Which vegetables are good for steaming?

You can steam just about any vegetable out there. The most common vegetables to steam are cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. 

How long do you steam veggies for?

Depending on how crunchy you like your vegetables to be and how large they are cut, it takes 2-3 minutes to steam vegetables. It's best to keep your vegetables all cut the same size so they cook evenly. 

Is steaming better than boiling vegetables?

Yes, steaming vegetables is better for you than boiling them. The reason is that when vegetables are boiled, some nutrients are lost in the water you're cooking them in. You can retain more essential vitamins and minerals by steaming vegetables. 

How do you steam vegetables without a steamer?

Vegetables can be steamed in the microwave in a glass or ceramic dish with a touch of water added to the vegetables. The word is then covered with a lid or plastic wrap and will steam when cooked. 
Author: Jennifer Dodd
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
4 persons



Fill a pot halfway with water and place it on high heat until the water starts to boil 
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Evenly spread the vegetables into a steamer basket and place it onto the pot of water, turning the temperature down to a simmer.
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Cover the steamer basket with a lid and steam for 2-3 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your vegetables to be cooked.   
A steamer basket containing vegetables with a lid about to be steamed
Carefully removed the steamer basket from the pot and add the vegetables into a medium-sized bowl  
Overview of a bowl filled with steamed vegetables
Add the fresh parsley, thyme, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, and Maldon sea salt to the bowl of steamed vegetables and toss until fully coated. 
Overview of steamed vegetables in a bowl being tossed with herbs and seasoning
Add vegetables to a serving platter or individual dishes to enjoy as a side dish with any entrée or on its own. 
Overview of a basket of steamed vegetables

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