Ok, you've mastered the fine art of boiling water, now it's time to master a new culinary technique.

One of my favorite cooking methods is steaming. Not only is it simple, but it allows vegetables, fish, chicken, fruits and other foods to retain more nutrients than by boiling them in water -- and doesn't leave them limp and flavorless.

When steamed for the ideal amount of time, food becomes absolutely tender and a great base for tons of dips, seasonings or even on their own. See just how easy it is in this fun how to steam video.

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How To Steam

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 5 mins


  • Veggie Ideas for Steaming greek yogurt
  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 pound cauliflower florets
  • 4 cups baby or chopped carrots
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 4 corn cobs, chopped into 2-inch wheels
  • 2 zucchini, chopped


1. Fill a pot with 1-2 inches of water, and place a steamer basket in the pot.

2. Bring the water to a boil, add the veggies of choice, and cover the pot.

3. Steam the veggies until fork tender, about 5-7 minutes for most bite-sized veggies.

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  • Ninfa Yetman

    I always steam my vegetables. So easy and much healthier! :-)

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  • Monette

    I recently learned to steam my meatballs and they are so moist! But I use my tupperware steamer for frozen or fresh vegs. in the microwave and they came out really nice and tender.

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  • Kristy

    One question- do you bring the water to a boil first and then add your veggies to the pot, or put the veggies in first and then bring it to a boil?

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    • Catherine

      Bring to a boil first!

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  • Jodi

    This video has been so useful and timely! I was boiling and burning and over steaming vegetables for my 9 month old. Poor boy. Thanks for sharing :)

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  • Robin

    I just purchased a steamer! This came in my email two days later which worked out perfectly because I had no idea what I was doing. I tell everyone about your site and several are now hooked! Thanks a bunch!

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  • Rebeca

    any tips on how long to steam fish?

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  • Subha

    Just found your blog and I'm sooo excited! I would love ideas on steaming fish please!

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    • Sony

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    Thank you

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