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Delicious perfectly cooked steamed microwave veggies. Let me share with you my recipes, top tips, cooking times, and more for how to steam vegetables in microwave.

You will love how easy it is to steam veggies in microwave with a microwave steamer bowl and then you rinse and repeat with your own favourite vegetable.

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Microwave Steamed Veggies Recipe
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Steam Veggies In Microwave

I set myself the challenge to create 28 new recipes for you on Recipe This for the microwave.

I wanted to learn more about microwave cooking and find some quick shortcuts for you to make mealtimes even easier.

Many are amazed by how much vegetables I eat as well as how often I cook from scratch and don’t rely on processed foods.

Well, I do this easily because I have air fryers, instant pots and a microwave. They make it simple.

Through our microwave month, we have featured a lot of vegetables that you can steam in the microwave.

With you having so many questions about steam veggies in the microwave, today I wanted to talk you through the behind the scenes of our microwave veggies, and how to get confident at cooking vegetables in the microwave yourself.

Can You Steam Vegetables In Microwave?

Yes, you can. Cooking vegetables in the microwave using a steamer bowl is amazing and you will be impressed with the results.

When you steam vegetables they retain their great flavour, they don’t need any oil and can just be seasoned and then steamed in the microwave.

Are Microwave Vegetables Healthy?

Yes, steamed vegetables in the microwave are very healthy. This is because they are cooked without any oil but can be loaded with your favourite seasoning.

Then secondly, microwave vegetables don’t lose their nutrients, like they do when they are boiled.

Plus, we often say we don’t have enough time to cook vegetables, yet microwave vegetables are fast cooking.

Best Way To Steam Vegetables

The best way to steam vegetables and also the easy way to steam vegetables is with a steamer bowl in your microwave.

Its no harder than loading vegetables into a bowl and then loading it into the microwave and also saves you having to buy a professional steamer.

Can You Reheat Steamed Vegetables?

Yes, you sure can. Reheating cooked vegetables in the microwave, is a great way to save you time and not to stress out at mealtimes.

You can use the microwave to reheat your leftovers, but you can also make vegetables ahead and then microwave them to reheat just before dinner.

For example, here is a big platter of the veggies that we reheated in the microwave:

Can You Reheat Steamed Vegetables

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Vegetables You Can Steam

There is a lot of different vegetables you can steam. You can steam zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, asparagus, spinach, beets and the list goes on and on.

But some vegetables are better than others for steaming.

I recommend you opt for steaming the vegetables that take a long time to cook. Such as carrots, beets, swede, and other turnips.

Also note that steaming vegetables that have a high water content can make them mushy much quicker in the microwave steamer.

From all the different veggies I have steamed in the microwave, I have found the best vegetables to steam are carrots, rutabaga, green beans, and broccoli.

How To Steam In Microwave

The same method applies to anything you want to learn how to steam in microwave and isn’t just about how to steam veggies in microwave.

The method of microwave steaming is all about a small amount of water, plus the food you want to steam plus making sure what you are steaming from is sealed.

You see, you need the steam to stay local to the food and not to escape.

This means that you could steam in a Ziploc bag, you could steam in a pyrex container, and you could also use a steamer bowl like we are using today.

Or if you have Ziploc bags in, then do check out our microwave corn on the cob that we shared with you yesterday.

How To Steam In Microwave

Microwave Steamer Bowl

I bought a fantastic microwave steamer bowl from a local shop here in Yorkshire. They had an end of aisle shelf just loaded with accessories for the microwave and I thought they were AMAZING.

It shrinks down when not in use, so doesn’t take up a lot of room.

Microwave Steamer Bowl foldable

Here is my steamer bowl loaded with broccoli ready for the microwave:

Microwave Steamer Bowl

You can get one like this from your local shop, or I really like this one from Amazon.

The most important things you need to look for in a steamer bowl is that it will:

  • Fit easily in your microwave
  • Will hold enough vegetables for your needs
  • Will clean easily
  • Fits in a kitchen drawer for easy storage

Then once you have your microwave steamer bowl, its time to put your plan into action.

How To Season Steamed Vegetables?

I season vegetables for the microwave steamer the same way I do when I air fry vegetables.

Once I have peeled and diced the vegetables that I am cooking, I load them into the steamer basket.

I then add the seasonings and use my hands to mix the vegetables to make sure there is an even coating.

I also have a wonderful herbs and spices cupboard (mainly M&S) and will use whichever dried herbs fit in with what I am cooking.

My favourite seasoning for vegetables includes:

  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Coriander/Cilantro

Though sometimes I just like to keep it simple with salt and pepper.

How To Steam Veggies In Microwave?

microwave steamed veggies instructions

Now you understand the ins and outs of the microwave steamer bowl and how to season steamed vegetables, let me run through the process of steaming vegetables in the microwave.

Step #1 – Add Water

To allow the vegetables to steam in the microwave they need one tablespoon of water. I recommend that you add this first to your steamer that way you will not forget!  

Step #1 – Add Water

Step #2 – Prepare Vegetables

Next you want to peel and dice any vegetables that you plan to steam in the microwave. You can do a mix of vegetables or just use the same vegetable. Just remember to focus on mixed vegetables that have a similar cook time.

Step #2 – Prepare Vegetables

Step #3 – Add Seasoning

There is nothing worse than bland vegetables. I recommend tossing your vegetables in seasoning from the steamer bowl.

It saves on washing up and then your veggies cook in their seasoning.

Step #3 – Add Seasoning

Step #4 – Add The Lid

Place the lid down on your steamer basket and then load into the microwave. You then set the cook time and let the microwave work its magic.

Step #4 – Add The Lid

Step #5 – Fork Test

Then when the microwave beeps do a fork test to make sure your veggie is fork tender.

Step #5 – Fork Test

Step #6 – Spoon Trick

Then remove the lid and carefully allow the steam to escape. Then use a silicone spoon to remove the veggies as you don’t want the steamer water to end up on your dinner plate too.

Step #6 – Spoon Trick

Note that not all microwaves are equal, and we all have different wattage, so vegetable steaming times can vary.

How Long To Steam Vegetables?

The steamed veggies cook time varies depending on the vegetable, but this is how long it took to steam vegetables in our 800w Panasonic microwave.

  • Microwave Zucchini – 6 Minutes
How To Steam Vegetables In Microwave

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Did You Know We Have A Podcast?

We created an awesome podcast episode about why I love cooking veggies in the microwave. You can listen to it below and you can find out more about our podcast here.

You can use the player above to listen to this episode of Magic With Gadgets. Alternatively search for Magic With Gadgets on your favourite podcast platform or click the links below:

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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. I have a Sistema style Steamer container which has a vent at the top which you may leave closed (probably for storage) or open. I have long ago lost the leaflet and am not sure if the vent should be open or closed during steaming because the Microwave Steamer Bags are sealed and puff up while in they Microwave. The vent on yours appears to be able to ‘Pop’ open or be pulled open whereas the one on mine is not able to (I think, – not going to test, the container cost a fortune).
    SO – do I open or leave closed the Vent. (I hate the steamer bags btw cos you cannot tell if the veg is done without opening of course and then the bag will no longer seal).
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  2. Some excellent advice here, you do not get too many instructions with your microwave and your steamer basket is a real god send, many thanks.