How to Steam Broccoli and Carrots Using a Steamer


Steaming vegetables cooks them quickly while retaining both their vibrant colors and nutrients. To steam broccoli and carrots, you need a vegetable steamer insert placed into a pot. This low tech method for steaming applies to other vegetables as well and even to fish and chicken. Opt for this cooking method for a healthy, no-fat-added way to prepare broccoli and carrots to serve as a supper time side.

Step 1

Set the vegetable steamer or colander into the bottom of the saucepan.

Step 2

Pour water into the pan so it covers the bottom of the pan and up the sides one to two inches, but does not come inside the steamer insert.

Step 3

Break the broccoli into one-inch florets and cut the carrots into one-inch chunks.

Step 4

Bring the water in the pot to a boil over medium high heat.

Step 5

Put the carrots in the bottom of the steamer with the broccoli florets on top, and cover the pot of boiling water with the lid.

Step 6

Steam the broccoli and carrots for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the carrots yield to gentle pressure from a knife inserted into them.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable steamer insert or metal colander
  • Large pot with lid
  • Water
  • Broccoli and carrots, washed
  • Knife


  • iVillage: How to Steam Vegetables
  • WHFoods: Healthy Steaming
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