How to Steam Veggies Perfectly
Vegetables are the perfect garnish for many of our meals. They’re healthy and delicious if you know how to prepare them correctly. While steaming is one of the easiest techniques to cook vegetables, you still need to consider the cooking time for each type of veggie you’re preparing.
5-Minute Crafts shows you how to steam vegetables to perfection. Don’t miss out on the special bonus recipe at the end of this article.
1. Make sure you have all the necessary utensils.
If you have the required utensils, the process of prepping and steaming the vegetables will be easier. This is the list of things you’ll need:
- A sharp knife to cut everything evenly
- A cutting board
- A steamer or a metal basket with holes to place it in the pot and steam the vegetables
2. Cut your veggies evenly.
Cut all your vegetables evenly. By that, we mean as close as possible in size and thickness to each other. Doing that will help you cook them evenly. You can also use a mandoline if you have one; it will help get similar slices.
3. Bring the water to a boil.
It’s important to bring the water to a boil before adding the vegetables. This ensures that the cooking will be done at a constant temperature, allowing the vegetables to cook evenly.
4. Cook them for the right amount of time.
Cooking time is the most important factor when steaming vegetables correctly. However, keep in mind that it varies depending on the type of vegetable you’re cooking. If you’re cooking several vegetables at the same time, make sure you either cook them separately or add them according to their cooking time.
Bonus: Steamed carrots, cauliflower, and potatoes recipe
What you’ll need:
- 3 small carrots
- 1 medium cauliflower
- 1 large potato
- Oil, salt, pepper, and vinegar to taste (optional)
- Peel and slice the carrots and potatoes evenly.
- Wash the cauliflower and cut the whole florets only.
- Place the steamer in the fire with about an inch of water and bring it to a boil.
- Add each vegetable according to its cooking time so that they all cook evenly.
- Remove and season to taste.