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How to Steam Broccoli & Carrots With a Steamer

author image Owen Pearson
Owen Pearson is a freelance writer who began writing professionally in 2001, focusing on nutritional and health topics. After selling abstract art online for five years, Pearson published a nonfiction book detailing the process of building a successful online art business. Pearson obtained a bachelor's degree in art from the University of Rio Grande in 1997.
How to Steam Broccoli & Carrots With a Steamer
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Steaming is a common method for preparing vegetables. Steaming allows home cooks to prepare vegetables without adding oil. The steaming process also requires little supervision, so it frees a cook to attend to other kitchen tasks. Steaming broccoli and carrots, two of the most commonly-consumed vegetables in America, is a relatively simple task that can be accomplished using a few different kitchen tools.

Stovetop Steaming

Step 1

Place a metal vegetable steamer basket inside a cooking pot so that the basket is suspended by its rim.

Step 2

Fill the pot with water until it reaches just below the bottom of the steamer basket. Place the pot on the stove.

Step 3

Fill the basket with cut broccoli and carrot pieces. Turn the heat to medium-high. Place the lid over the steamer basket and bring the water to a simmer. Steam the carrots and broccoli for 12 to 15 minutes.

Microwave Steaming

Step 1

Fill the bottom of a microwave steamer basket with water. Do not fill past the level of the vegetable rack inside the basket.

Step 2

Place broccoli and carrot pieces on the vegetable rack inside the basket. Snap the lid on top.

Step 3

Place the microwave steamer basket in the microwave. Microwave it on high until the broccoli and carrots are tender, typically about five to eight minutes.

Electric Steamer

Step 1

Fill the inner ring of the electric steamer basket with water, according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 2

Place carrots and broccoli pieces in the removable steamer basket. Place the basket in the steamer and set the lid in place.

Step 3

Plug in the electric steamer. If it has a power switch, turn the switch on. Steam until the vegetables are tender. Steaming broccoli and carrots in an electric steamer typically takes about 16 to 22 minutes.

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