Steaming Time Chart for 35 Vegetables

(c) photo: Lisa Muhammad
Artichokes
Steam whole artichokes
25-40 min
Season with extra virgin olive oil and lemon zest
Asparagus
Whole spears, thick spears peeled lightly
7-13 min
Serve with  olive oil combined with lemon zest, or olive oil combined with sesame seeds
Asparagus
Cut into 2-inch pieces
4-7 min
Season with olive oil combined with lemon zest or sesame seeds
Beans, green
Whole beans
6-10 min
Season with garlic
Beans, wax
Whole beans
6-10 min
Season with garlic
Beets, small or medium-sized
Whole, unpeeled beets scrubbed clean; peel off the skins after steaming
35-50 min
Season with fresh thyme
Beet greens
Cleaned and coarsely chopped
7-9 min
Drizzle with olive oil
Broccoli
Trimmed stalks
8-12 min
Season with olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, lemon juice, lime juice, or balsamic vinegar
Broccoli
Trimmed stalks split in half or florets
5-7 min
Extra-virgin olive oil, pumpkin seed oil, lemon juice, lime juice, or balsamic vinegar
Brussels sprouts
Whole, trimmed
8-15 min
Season with fresh thyme
Brussels sprouts
Trimmed and halved
6-8 min
Season with fresh thyme
Cabbage
Cut in wedges
6-10 min
Lemon or lime juice
Carrots
Cut into ¼-inch thick slices
7-10 min
Season with honey combined with cinnamon or ginger
Carrots, baby
Whole baby carrots
10-12 min
Season with honey combined with cinnamon or ginger
Cauliflower
Florets
5-10 min
Lemon or lime juice
Celery root
(celeriac)
Cut into ¼-inch thick matchsticks
5-7 min
Celery stalks
Cut into ½-inch thick slices
4-9 min
Season with seeds
Corn on the cob
Whole, husks removed
7-10 min
Season with butter, salt, pepper or other fresh herbs
Daikon radishes
Peeled and cut into chunks
8-12 min
Season with fresh herbs
Fennel bulbs
Cut crosswise into ½-inch slices
8-10 min
Season with olive oil and basil (or lemon)
Jerusalem artichokes
(sunchokes)
Peeled or scrubbed; sliced
5-8 min
Serve with arugula or fresh herbs such as chives or parsley
Jerusalem artichokes
(sunchokes)
Whole tubers, peeled or scrubbed
20-25 min
Serve with arugula or fresh herbs such as chives or parsley
Leeks
Trimmed, cut in half
5-8 min
Season with your favorite vinaigrette
Okra
Fresh whole okra, trimmed
6-8 min
Season with lemon/lime juice and parsley, or with sauteed scallions
Onions, pearl
Whole onions, peeled
8-12 min
Parsnips
Peeled and cut into ½-inch slices
7-10 min
Season with fresh herbs such as oregano or parsley
Peas, green
Fresh, shelled peas
2-4 min
Season with fresh herbs (such as mint) or lemon juice



Radishes
Whole radishes, trimmed
7-14 min
Season with chopped scallions or chives
Scallions
Cut into ½-inch slices
3-5 min
Spinach
Cleaned, whole leaves
3-5 min
Season with olive oil and garlic, or sesame seeds
Squash, butternut
Peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
7-10 min
Season with honey, lemon juice, and rosemary
Turnips
Cut into 1/2-inch cubes
8-12 min
Season with olive oil and fresh herbs
Summer Squash
(Yellow)
Cut into 1-inch slices
5-8
min
Season with olive oil, lemon/lime juice, and fresh herbs (such as thyme or rosemary)
Swiss chard
Coarsely chopped leaves
3-5 min
Serve with chopped fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, olive oil and pepper
Zucchini
Cut into 1-inch slices
5-8 min
Season with olive oil, lemon/lime juice, and fresh herbs (such as thyme or rosemary)