All foods have different cooking times. To avoid under or overcooking, it is important to keep this in mind and set timers while food is cooking. Use this list of popular steamed vegetables to find out how long to steam different vegetables.
It is important to keep in mind when preparing your food for steaming that you are trying to cut each piece roughly the same size. The thickness of each piece will have an effect on the time it takes to cook them well.
Popular Steamed Vegetable Time for an Electric Steamer
The asparagus will take four minutes for thin tips, and you will need to add one to two minutes depending on the thickness of your tips. Observe the color of the spears as they cook. You’ll notice that the green really does lighten up – once it starts to darken, it’s overcooking and needs to be removed immediately. After a few bakes, you will easily be able to see when the color has reached its optimum cooking time.
Broccoli florets are steamed for five minutes. Just like with asparagus, watch the color change.
Cauliflower will take six minutes, a bit longer than broccoli.
Carrots, if cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick, are steamed for six to eight minutes.
Green beans take five minutes and should also be watched for a color change. You will notice that they become soft when overcooked. Steamed green beans should be crispy.
The peas only take three minutes, and you really don’t want to go any further or they’ll get very mushy.
Zucchini should be sliced and will last six to seven minutes. The same goes for yellow squash.
Brussels sprouts take about ten minutes. You might be wondering what makes this vegetable on a popular vegetable list, but steamed Brussels sprouts are the best way to eat them! They often have a bad reputation because they are served overcooked. A well-steamed Brussels sprout should have a nutty flavor.