Steamed Vegetables
Steamed Vegetables
5 from 5 votes
Discover the world of culinary simplicity with the nutritious and versatile dish of steamed vegetables. Learn the art of perfectly steaming a medley of veggies that capture their fresh flavours and crisp textures, all while retaining essential nutrients.
Steamed Vegetables

Steamed vegetables, a culinary marvel that transforms humble veggies into tender, vibrant delights, have been cherished across cultures for centuries.

Originating from ancient cooking techniques, steaming preserves the natural flavors and nutrients of vegetables, making it a go-to method for health-conscious cooks.

Whether as a standalone side dish or a complement to a hearty meal, steamed vegetables offer a delightful medley of colors, textures, and tastes.

In today’s bustling world, where time is of the essence, steamed vegetables emerge as a beacon of simplicity and nourishment. With just a handful of ingredients and minimal prep work, anyone can master this recipe, regardless of culinary expertise.

The beauty lies in its versatility; you can customize the vegetable mix to suit your preferences, whether it’s the earthy sweetness of carrots, the crispness of broccoli, or the delicate florets of cauliflower.

Embark on a culinary journey with me as we explore the art of steaming vegetables to perfection. From washing and chopping to seasoning and drizzling, each step is infused with care and flavor.

Join me in savoring the wholesome goodness of steamed vegetables, a timeless classic that never fails to delight the palate and nourish the soul.

Expert Tip: To save time on busy weeknights, you can prepare the vegetables in advance and store them in the refrigerator until ready to steam.


Mixed Vegetables (Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower): These colorful and nutritious vegetables form the heart of this recipe. Carrots add a hint of sweetness, broccoli contributes a refreshing crunch, and cauliflower offers a mild, creamy flavor. Together, they create a delightful medley of textures and tastes, making this dish both visually appealing and satisfying.

Salt: Salt enhances the natural flavors of the vegetables, bringing out their sweetness and adding depth to the dish.

Black Pepper: A touch of black pepper provides a subtle heat and earthiness, balancing the sweetness of the vegetables and adding a layer of complexity to the flavor profile.

Olive Oil: Drizzling olive oil over the steamed vegetables not only adds a luscious richness but also helps to lock in moisture and enhance the overall taste. Its fruity and slightly peppery notes complement the vegetables beautifully, elevating them from simple to sublime.

Expert Tip: For added flavor, you can sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese or toasted nuts over the steamed vegetables before serving.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the steamed vegetables as a vibrant side dish alongside grilled chicken, fish, or tofu for a complete and nutritious meal.
  • Add the steamed vegetables to salads or grain bowls for a burst of color, flavor, and texture.
  • Incorporate the steamed vegetables into wraps or sandwiches for a healthy and satisfying lunch option.
  • Pair the steamed vegetables with your favorite dipping sauce or hummus for a delicious snack or appetizer.
  • Use leftover steamed vegetables to create flavorful soups, stir-fries, or omelets for a quick and easy meal.

Expert Tip: Don’t overcrowd the steamer basket or colander, as it can lead to uneven cooking. Spread the vegetables out in a single layer for optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen vegetables instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can use frozen vegetables if fresh ones are not available. Just make sure to thaw them before steaming, and adjust the steaming time accordingly.

How do I prevent the vegetables from becoming soggy?

Be careful not to overcook the vegetables. Steam them just until they are tender but still retain some crispness to prevent them from becoming mushy.

Can I season the vegetables with other herbs and spices?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices to customize the flavor according to your preferences. Some popular options include garlic powder, lemon zest, thyme, or paprika.

How long can I store leftover steamed vegetables?

Leftover steamed vegetables can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat them gently in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

Can I steam vegetables without a steamer basket?

If you don’t have a steamer basket, you can use a metal colander or even a heatproof plate placed inside a pot with a lid. Just make sure there is enough space between the vegetables and the water to prevent them from getting soggy.

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Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Vegetables

by Nabeela Kauser
Discover the world of culinary simplicity with the nutritious and versatile dish of steamed vegetables. Learn the art of perfectly steaming a medley of veggies that capture their fresh flavours and crisp textures.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sides
Cuisine American, British, Western
Servings 4
Calories 80 kcal


  • 500 g Mixed Vegetables Carrots, broccoli, cauliflower
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil for drizzling


  • Wash and prepare the vegetables by peeling, trimming, and cutting them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Fill a large pot with water, about 2 inches deep, and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  • Place a steamer basket or a metal colander inside the pot, ensuring that it doesn’t touch the water.
  • Add the prepared vegetables to the steamer basket, making sure they are evenly spread out.
  • Season the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover the pot with a lid and steam the vegetables for about 8-10 minutes or until they are tender but still retain some crispness. Be careful not to overcook them.
  • Once the vegetables are steamed, remove them from the pot and transfer them to a serving dish.
  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the steamed vegetables for added flavour and moisture.
  • Toss the vegetables gently to coat them evenly with the olive oil.
  • Serve the steamed vegetables as a side dish or as a healthy addition to your main course.


This recipe is a basic guide for steaming vegetables, and you can use any combination of vegetables you prefer.
Feel free to experiment with different seasonings or herbs to enhance the flavour according to your taste preferences.
Steamed vegetables are a nutritious and versatile option that pairs well with a variety of dishes.
Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 59mgPotassium: 265mgFibre: 5gVitamin A: 6348IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Food, Healthy, Recipe, Steamed, Vegetables, Vegetarian
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