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How to steam zucchini in a microwave

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Tip

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

Things You'll Need

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