How to steam vegetables in the oven

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How to steam vegetables in the oven
Chop vegetables so they steam much faster. (carrot being chopped image by Nancy Collinge from

Steaming vegetables is an excellent way to preserve the taste and nutrients. Most of the time vegetables are steamed using a steamer on the hob or in the microwave. However, vegetables can be steamed in the oven without much extra work. Steaming vegetables in the oven saves you from having to use a pan or pans to cook sides or extras for entrées.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Different vegetables
  • Cutting board
  • Santoku or chef knife

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of aluminium foil large enough to hold all the vegetables you will steam.

    How to steam vegetables in the oven
    The aluminium foil will hold in heat so the vegetables stay hot. (wrinkled foil image by Igor Zhorov from
  2. 2

    Get a cutting board and knife ready to use.

    How to steam vegetables in the oven
    A chef or santoku knife is the best choice for chopping vegetables. (knife image by dethchimo from
  3. 3

    Chop vegetables to desired portions and place on aluminium foil. Make sure they are uniform in size so that they will cook in the same amount of time.

    How to steam vegetables in the oven
    Chop vegetables smaller if you want to add them to entrées. (CHOPPING ONIONS 2 image by SKYDIVECOP from
  4. 4

    Place another sheet of foil on top with the shiny side down. Fold in or twist both ends to seal it together for steaming purposes. Leave some room for steam to cook vegetables.

    How to steam vegetables in the oven
    Seal the vegetables tightly so steam is not lost. (pork meat with vegetables before baking image by Maria Brzostowska from
  5. 5

    Place the sealed vegetables on a baking tray in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 204 degrees C. If vegetables are not steamed completely, place them back in the oven in increments of five minutes until they reach the desired doneness.

    How to steam vegetables in the oven
    A flat baking tray is the easiest way to steam vegetables in the oven. (Baking Fish with Peppers image by evillager from
  6. 6

    Take steamed vegetables out of the oven, and mix them with a cooked entrée or serve as a side dish.

    How to steam vegetables in the oven
    Steamed vegetables are a heart healthy side to serve with any entrée. (vegetables #4 image by Adam Borkowski from

Tips and warnings

  • Allow steamed vegetables to cool before serving to prevent burns.
  • To add some flavour to the vegetables, toss in salt, pepper, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil or lemon juice before folding up the aluminium foil.
  • Beware of the steam when you remove the vegetables from the oven as it can cause burns.

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