Aug 11, 2015

Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter

Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in a garlic butter sauce is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these steamed veggies all the time!
A drizzle of garlic butter dripping onto fresh steamed vegetables sitting in a silver serving dish and ready to eat
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Steamed Vegetables Recipe

Steaming vegetables is very easy to do and takes less than 10 minutes, making this side dish perfect for any night of the week, but also a quick lunch or snack! Yes, I snack on this tasty steamed vegetables recipe all the time. Why not? Vegetables are healthy and low carb too, so they won't make my jeans shrink... if you know what I mean <wink>
Fresh vegetables steamed to perfection and drizzled in garlic butter | by Life Tastes Good is an easy to make side dish, but I find myself snacking on these addicting veggies all the time!

Have you ever had the steamed vegetables at Outback Steakhouse?

We love those veggies! They are fresh and buttery delish! Years ago we used to eat out a lot more than we do now. Now we do our best to never go out to eat. We just love to eat at home. It's cheaper, fresher, and we like knowing what's in our food and who had their hands on it.

After having the steamed veggies at Outback Steakhouse all those years ago, I was inspired to make them at home. I even asked how they made them, and the manager was kind enough to share their technique with me. It had something to do with a bag and steaming them in the microwave.

I tried it but it didn't work for me, and I don't like the idea of microwaving the veggies, so I ditched that idea and steamed my vegetables the old fashioned way... using my saucepan and steamer basket.
Fresh steamed vegetables with garlic butter in a silver serving dish ready to eat

How to Steam Vegetables

  1. Add about 2 inches of water in a saucepan. Bring water to simmer over medium heat.
  2. Wash vegetables and place in steamer basket.
  3. Place steamer basket over saucepan and cover.
  4. Steam the vegetables for about 8 minutes or until they are done to your liking.
  5. Remove steamed vegetables to a serving bowl and season to your liking.

How do I make Steamed Vegetables Taste Good?

Like any other food, steamed vegetables without seasoning will taste bland. It's important to season the steamed vegetables with salt and pepper. Seasoning steamed veggies is easy enough.
  1. Once the veggies are steamed, you simply sprinkle kosher salt and black pepper on the steamed vegetables
  2. Give the vegetables a gently toss to coat them in the seasoning
  3. Be sure to taste the veggies and add more seasoning to your liking
Another way to season steamed vegetables is to add the salt and pepper to a quick and simple sauce and pour it on the veggies. My favorite is a garlic butter sauce like I used in this recipe.

Garlic Butter Sauce for Steamed Vegetables

Using the saucepan and steamer basket is handy too, because once the veggies are steamed, I pour out any water left in the saucepan and use that same pan to melt the butter and saute the garlic to make a garlic butter sauce perfect for drizzling on the steamed vegetables. Less mess! I love it! And I HAVE to have garlic butter to drizzle all over these beautiful steamed vegetables!
Fresh steamed vegetables in a silver serving bowl being drizzled with garlic butter

Steamed Vegetables Equipment

The steamer equipment I use to steam my vegetables came with mycookware set. If you don't have a steamer and saucepan that fit together, no worries! You can pick up an expandable steamer basket to keep the vegetables out of the water.

Why Steam Vegetables?

When steaming, the vegetables should not come in direct contact with the water, instead, the simmering water vaporizes and turns into steam. The moisture and heat from the steam cooks the vegetables. I prefer to steam vegetables, because steaming helps retain the nutrients, unlike boiling where the nutrients can be tossed out with the water.
Check out my tutorial on How to Steam Broccoli where I show you how to steam broccoli with a steamer basket, without a steamer basket, and even in the microwave!

I hope you enjoy this Steamed Vegetables Recipe with Garlic Butter Sauce as much as we do! Enjoy!
Fresh steamed vegetables drizzled in garlic butter ready to eat in a silver serving dish

Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter

Life Tastes Good
Published 08/11/2015
Steamed Vegetables with Garlic Butter


  • 1 head of broccoli, florets only
  • 1 cup of baby carrots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • water
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add about 2 inches of water in a saucepan. You don't want the water to touch the steamer basket. Set the pan over medium heat to bring it to a simmer.
  2. While the water is heating up, Wash the vegetables as needed. Remove stems from the broccoli so you only have the florets. Chop florets so they aren't too large and place the florets into the steamer basket. Add 1 cup of baby carrots and 1 cup of sugar snap peas.
  3. Place the steamer basket over the saucepan and cover. The water in the saucepan should be just at a simmer. Reduce heat if needed.
  4. Steam the vegetables for about 8 minutes or until the are done to your liking. I like them just as they start to soften, but still have a little crispness to them. When done to your liking, remove the vegetables to a serving bowl and set aside while you make the garlic butter.
  5. Pour out the water in the saucepan and place the saucepan over mid-low heat. Melt 4 tablespoons butter and saute 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic until fragrant. About a minute. Add about a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and stir to combine. Give it a taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Drizzle the garlic butter over the vegetables and enjoy!
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 10 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.

Tags: Fresh, Steamed Vegetables, Garlic Butter, Side Dish, Easy Recipe, Snack, Steamer Basket, Healthy, Low Carb, Outback Steakhouse Steamed Vegetables

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