The Best Way to Steam Vegetables in the Microwave

Image Source: Kelsey Banfield
Image Source: Kelsey Banfield

I don’t really cook much in the microwave, but I do steam vegetables. I know some people believe microwaving vegetables can decrease their natural nutrients, but after I read this article on The New York Times a few years ago, I thought differently.

It seems that microwaving your veggies may actually help them retain nutrients because it shortens the cooking time.  Steamed vegetables are a tasty and healthy dish, and microwaving them is way easier than steaming them on the stove top.

Here is my simple method for steaming vegetables in the microwave … do you ever do this?

How to Steam Vegetables in the Microwave

(Works well with carrots, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, peas, bell peppers)

  1. Wash and dry your vegetable and cut it into equal size pieces.
  2. Place them in one layer in a microwave safe glass bowl or a dish with sides.
  3. Add just enough water to the bowl that it comes 1/8 up the side of the vegetable piece.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a microwave safe cover, and microwave for 2 minutes. Test the vegetable for softness, and rotate or flip it if necessary. Cook again for four minutes.
  5. Continue alternating sides and cooking for one minute per side until the vegetable can easily be pierced with a fork. Once your veggies are moist and tender, they are all ready to serve!
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