How long to steam carrots broccoli & cauliflower

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How long to steam carrots broccoli & cauliflower
Vegetables are vital for a healthy balanced diet. (vegetables image by dinostock from

Steaming is the healthiest technique for cooking vegetables. By steaming vegetables rather than boiling or sautéing, the vegetables retain their goodness, colour, texture and flavour. It is also simple and quick to steam vegetables.


Carrots should be sliced about a quarter of an inch thick before being steamed. If steaming them on the stove, they should be placed in a pan with a small amount of water to cover the bottom, and then steamed for six to eight minutes. If steaming the carrots in the microwave, cook for just five minutes.

How long to steam carrots broccoli & cauliflower
Carrots should be steamed for no more than eight minutes. (carrot image by Henryk Olszewski from


The florets of broccoli should not take as long as carrots, as long as enough of the stems are cut off. On a stove, the florets should be steamed for just five minutes, you will know they are done when the florets becomedarker. In the microwave, the florets will need just three to five minutes.


Cauliflower florets take just a little bit longer than broccoli as they are denser. On the stove they will take six minutes, and in the microwave they will need to cook for three to four minutes.

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