How to steam vegetables in the oven

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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

Get a cutting board and knife ready to use.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Different vegetables
  • Cutting board
  • Santoku or chef knife
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Randall Pruitt has been writing since 2008, focusing on topics in business and health care. He has placed first in project management for the state of Georgia and his work has appeared in "The Investors Corner." He holds an Associate of Science in business management from Lanier Technical College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in management from Gainesville State College.