How to steam zucchini in a microwave

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How to steam zucchini in a microwave
Make your family a healthy dish by steaming zucchini for dinner. (Zucchini image by Stephan Morrosch from

Zucchini, a type of summer squash, is a versatile vegetable. While sometimes eaten fresh, zucchini may be an ingredient in other foods or just cooked by itself. Although a steamer is often used to cook zucchini, it does well when steamed in a microwave oven. The process for microwave-cooking zucchini is simple and doesn't take long. Present your family a healthy dish by making steamed zucchini for dinner.

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Things you need

  • Zucchini
  • Paper towels
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Microwave-safe bowl or other container
  • Microwave cling film
  • Plate

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  1. 1

    Rinse the zucchini under running water, and pat it dry with paper towels.

  2. 2

    Cut the zucchini into bite-sized pieces, and place them a microwave-safe bowl. If you prefer, you can peel the zucchini before steaming.

  3. 3

    Cover the bowl with microwave-safe cling film or a lid. Leave one corner of the lid or wrap loose so some of the steam can escape. This helps to keep the lid from blowing off.

  4. 4

    Cook the zucchini on high for four to six minutes. Check if it is tender. If not, cook it for another minute on high, repeating until tender.

  5. 5

    Take the bowl out of the microwave, and place the steamed zucchini on a plate.

Tips and warnings

  • Microwave pouches also work well for steaming vegetables in the microwave.

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