How to steam vegetables without a steamer

Written by mandy kalish
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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!

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pot or pan
  • Lid

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Cover and let cook for several minutes.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    Remove from heat and serve once desired consistency is reached.

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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