How to steam vegetables without a steamer

Updated November 21, 2016

Steamed vegetables are healthy and delicious, but what if you don't have a steamer? No problem! With this method, you can have steamed vegetables whenever you want with no steamer!

Chop your vegetables to the desired size. The larger the pieces, the longer they will take to steam.

Heat a large pot or pan on medium-high. The vessel does not have to be deep, but there should be enough space so that most of the vegetable pieces touch the bottom of the pan.

Add the vegetables to the heated pot or pan and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

Cover and let cook for several minutes.

Check your vegetables. If they are not as tender as you want, replace the cover and cook until desired consistency is reached. If all the water has evaporated, add a very small amount before replacing cover.

Remove from heat and serve once desired consistency is reached.


Add a small amount of cooking oil to the pan when you heat it, especially if not using a non-stick pan.


If the vegetables start to brown, the heat is too high. Lower the temperature of your pan and continue cooking.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot or pan
  • Lid
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