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Summer Steamed Vegetables

Updated on February 8, 2015

Steaming Mad Vegetables


Garden Fresh Steamed Vegetables

The best summer vegetables are fresh from your garden. We have planted our own organic vegetables for years. Not only are they healthier than the chemical laced vegetables in the grocery stores, they are better tasting. In the grocery stores, many unsanitized hands have handled these vegetables from workers and customers. Do you really think everyone washes his or her hands?

Gardening can be a lot of work, but it is well worth it.

Often we will have steamed vegetables as the main course in a meal. Steaming vegetables keeps most of the valuable vitamins and nutrients over any other type of cooking. The fun thing about steaming vegetables is that you can mix and match a variety of veggies to produce a different taste.

Below is a simple recipe of garden fresh steamed vegetables. Cooking these vegetables is easy to do, healthy for you and great tasting.

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Three Ways to Steaming Vegetables

Steam Vegetables with Electric Steamer

Plate of Steamed Vegetables
Plate of Steamed Vegetables | Source

First way to steaming vegetables


1 Cup Broccoli (cut into florets)

1 Cup Cauliflower (break into florets)

1 Small Purple Onion (cut lengthwise in 8 pieces)

1 Cup Baby Carrots (slice in half) or Sliced Carrots

Season to taste with any of these:

Lemon Pepper

Seasoning blend (Mrs. Dash)


Salt Substitute

Sea Salt

Squeeze of Lemon

Substitution vegetables:


Red potatoes


Green Beans


Add water to the bottom of the electric steamer. Add vegetables and choice of seasoning to steamer and cook according to desired crispness. Between 5 to 15 min. depending on how crisp or tender. Serve as a side dish or main course.

Steamed Vegetables

5 stars for Steamed Vegetables

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Oster 6.1-qt. Food Steamer

Oster Steamer
Oster Steamer

Great Summer Cooking

This electric steamer is almost identical to the one I own. But I only have the one tier. Styles change a bit with time. I have had mine for years and I just love it.

Looks can be deceiving when you first look at this. One would not think that it can not hold much. However, I found that I could stack it quite well with the vegetables and that is just with the one tier steamer. Imagine what two tiers can do. Just add the water to the bottom and vegetables on top, set the timer and walk away until ready.

Oster 5712 Electronic 2-Tier 6-Quart Food Steamer

Oster 5712 Electronic 2-Tier 6.1-Quart Food Steamer

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Now this is the ultimate electric steamer! 12-Hour programmable time and steam cook a variety of foods. Tiered baskets are stackable to allow for multiple steamed food items at once.

A healthy option for steaming vegetables, fish, chicken, rice and cool to the touch.

West Bend 86604 Programmable Steamer

Steamed Vegetables on Stove - Great Home Cooking

3 Quart Stack & Steamer
3 Quart Stack & Steamer

Paula Deen Signature Stainless Steel 3-Quart Stack and Steamer

Second way to steaming vegetables


Use the same ingredients as above. Boil water in a large pot with steamer basket or a steamer pot complete with basket Add vegetables in boiling water for 3 to 15 min. for desired tenderness. Drain and place in bowl. Add seasoning to taste. Bon Appetite.

Paula Deen 3 Quart Stack & Steamer on Amazon is as complete as you need for steaming vegetables.

Trudeau Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer
Trudeau Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer

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The Trudeau vegetable steamer handle, however, extends up like a plunger providing a broad grip and large oval loop that help keep hands away from scalding steam. is made of dishwasher-safe steel and heat-resistant plastic. Allow the tool to dry completely before folding for storage. The steamer is 11 inches across when unfolded, and stands 5-1/2 inches tall with handle fully extended. Works with your cooking pot.

Trudeau Stainless Steel Vegetable Steamer

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3-Quart Saucepot and Steamer
3-Quart Saucepot and Steamer

3-Quart Saucepot and Steamer

Sturdy 3-quart saucepot and 2-quart steamer insert are made of heavy stainless steel with polished mirror finish.

The pot has an aluminum core in its base to spread heat quickly and evenly. The core is completely clad in stainless steel so, the steamer resists corrosion and discoloring and cleans up easily. Ideal for steaming vegetables, making stew and chili, and braising meat.

Joyce Chen 3-Tier Steamer

The Queen of all Make a Meal Cooker

Cook 3 dishes at a time with this 3-tier stainless-steel cookware, family-size steamer, a stock pot, a colander.

This steamer cookware is sturdy enough to last a lifetime.

Steam large foods or entire meals, and the stainless steel design.

Third way to steaming vegetables

Panasonic Microwave Oven

Microwaveable Steamed Vegetables

Yummy This Way Too


To microwave the vegetables, follow directions in the recipe above and add just enough water. Microwave vegetables on high for 3 minutes, check for tenderness and water content. Continue cooking a few more minutes if desired.

For crisper vegetables cook less time.

Steamer for the Microwave

2 Tier Microwave Steamer

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Cook one type of vegetable on top and another on the bottom or mix them with the recipe above.

Steaming vegetables in the microwave can be as crisp or tender as you like them. My family likes our steamed vegetables more on the tender side. I have microwaved vegetables with great results.

Handy Gourmet 2 Tier Microwave Steamer

Best Microwavable Steamer

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Ultimate cookware for the oven, stove and microwave. Dishwasher safe. This is the best of the best. Orka's family-size steamer helps retain essential vitamins and minerals in meats, fish, and vegetables. Made of 100 percent premium silicone, this large steamer features easy-grip handles and a convenient nonstick, stain-resistant surface. It's heat-safe to 430 degrees F.

Recipe Card of Sandy's Steamed Vegetables

Summer Steamed Vegetables Recipe - Directions on Back of Card as Shown in the Recipe Above

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How do you cook your vegetables?

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      I love shrimp .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I forget how good steamed vegetables can be.

    • malena10 profile image

      malena10 5 years ago

      I like vegetables very much, some great ideas here, thanks :)

    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Veggies have such a great flavour that often a light steaming is all that is needed. Good write-up.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      mmmmm! Yum. We LOVE fresh vegetables at our house!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Yum! This looks so good that my mouth is watering.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent resource - well done!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      one more beautiful lens from you sandy. wonderful display.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      So full of information on something as simple as steamed vegetables...another colorful delight!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      I love steamed vegies and love how they keep that vibrant colour. Great lens :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      You can't go wrong with fresh steamed veggies.Lovely!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      another very yummy lens love it

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I steam veggies most of the time, they taste better that way I think. Love this delicious Lens, great work Sandy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I Love my Veggies, what a Delicious Lens!!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great products

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I love steamed veggies...the more the merrier too. I sure cannot wait for the garden to start bustin' loose this summer :)