How to steam vegetables in the microwave

I was debating whether to write this, because it seems pretty obvious. But then I thought about all the vegetables sold in stores in packages ready to steam in the microwave, and I thought of these bags to help you steam in the microwave.

You don't need a special package or a disposable bag to steam your veggies easily. You don't even need to use a metal steamer on the stovetop.


Microwave-steamed veggies

Take a microwave-save covered casserole dish. If you don't have one, use a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl with a plate on top. It doesn't have to fit very tightly; just use what you have.

Take your frozen vegetables (or your fresh, washed, prepared veggies). Put them in the dish with about 1/4 cup water and cover. Microwave, stirring once in the middle if you remember.

Cooking time will vary depending on your microwave, what you're cooking, and how much. Peas take less time; cauliflower takes more. Ten minutes is usually about right for a pound of frozen veggies in my slow microwave.

Drain and serve.


That's it! You could spend more on specially packaged frozen veggies; you could spend $7 on disposable bags to steam your veggies in the microwave; or you could use what you already have and do it for free.

How do you cook your veggies?


  1. I've never thought to steam veggies in the microwave. But I have a stove top steamer, so it's never been needed.

  2. Definitely a time saver and good too when you are using all of your burners.