Steamed Vegetables Using a Bamboo Steamer

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Enjoy the simplicity of Steamed Vegetables with this easy recipe! When you use a bamboo steamer, you’ll be greeted by the gentle aroma of bamboo. Give it a try!

Looking for simple vegetable recipes? Try my Leftover Roasted Vegetables, Daikon Salad With Sesame Dressing, or Easy Napa Cabbage Slaw!

Steamed vegetables in a bamboo steamer.

I’ll walk you through the ingredients and step-by-step instructions. I hope you enjoy it!

Why You Will Love This Recipe 

  • Steamed vegetables are a healthy side dish.
  • Easy way to incorporate various vegetables into your meal.
  • Steaming brings out the natural sweetness and flavors of the vegetables.

Bamboo Steamer (Seiro Steamer)

A bamboo steamer is an Asian cooking tool made of stacked bamboo baskets with a lid. Ingredients are placed inside the steamer and then set over a pot of boiling water. The steam from the boiling water cooks the ingredients gently and evenly.

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Steamed Vegetable Recipe:

Steamed vegetables ingredients.
  • Vegetables: While you can steam various vegetables, this recipe specifically uses carrots, Japanese sweet potato, daikon, and cabbage. You can find more vegetable options in the “Variations” section of this post.
  • To serve, pick your favorite dipping sauce or a dressing, or simply salt and pepper. I like to pair them with miso dressing.

How To Make Steamed Vegetables: STEP BY STEP 

Here are some quick visual instructions! The video and detailed ingredients and instructions are on the printable recipe card below.

How to make steamed vegetables.

Step 1

Cut vegetables and place them in a bamboo steamer.

How to make steamed vegetables.

Step 2

Boil enough water in a pot.

How to make steamed vegetables.

Step 3

Place a steamer ring on the pot if your pot is too small or too large.

How to make steamed vegetables.

Step 4

Place the bamboo steamer and steam until the vegetables are tender.

Open the lid and place the steamer on a large plate. Serve them with your preferred dressing, and enjoy!

Recip Tips

  • Make sure the entire bamboo steamer is thoroughly wet with water. This is a crucial step to prevent the steamer from burning due to the heat of the pot.
  • The key to steaming is to bring the water to a steady boil. If you run out of water, add more halfway through the process.
  • Cut the root vegetables into uniform sizes so that they will steam evenly and cook in the same amount of time. For quick vegetables like cabbage, cut it into larger pieces.

Storage

Please transfer any leftover vegetables to an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They will stay good for three days.

What To Serve With

I recommend serving these steamed vegetables with vegetarian chahan, agedashi tofu, and mushroom miso soup to complement their flavors.

Variations

Which other vegetables are suitable for using this steamer? Here are more suggestions!

  • Broccoli
  • Potato
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Corn

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Steamed vegetables in a bamboo steamer.

Steamed Vegetables Using a Bamboo Steamer

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Juri Austin
Enjoy the simplicity of Steamed Vegetables with this easy recipe! When you use a bamboo steamer, you'll be greeted by the gentle aroma of bamboo. Give it a try!

Equipment

  • Bamboo Steamer 21cm
  • Steamer Ring
  • Pot

Ingredients

  • ½ Carrot
  • 100 g Daikon, 3 cm (about 1 inch)
  • ½ Japanese Sweet Potato
  • ¼ Cabbage

To Serve

  • Salt and Pepper, or dressing of your choice

Instructions

  • Prepare Ingredients: Cut carrot, daikon, Japanese sweet potato, and cabbage into bite-size pieces.
  • Place in a Bamboo Steamer: Wet the bamboo steamer with water before use to prevent burning and arrange the cut vegetables.
  • Boil Water: Fill a pot with plenty of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Steam: Place a steamer ring on the pot (if necessary) and place the bamboo steamer on it. Steam the vegetables over medium heat for about 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Serve: Serve the steamed vegetables with your preferred dressing or season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Video

Notes

  • Storage: Transfer any leftover vegetables to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for three days.
  • Make sure the entire bamboo steamer is thoroughly wet with water. This is a crucial step to prevent the steamer from burning due to the heat of the pot.
  • Remember, the key to successful steaming is to maintain a steady boil in the water. If the water level drops, replenish it halfway through the process to maintain the desired steam level.
  • Steaming times vary depending on the vegetable, so cutting them into uniform sizes is best. For quick vegetables like cabbage, cut them into larger pieces.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g
Course: Side
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: steamed vegetables
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