Bean sprouts--the stalks of baby bean plants---are a common ingredient in many dishes. You can include them in stir fries or salads, add them to a sandwich for an extra dose of vegetables or even bake them on a pizza. One of the simplest ways to cook bean sprouts is by steaming them. This easy process only takes a few minutes and preserves much of the natural flavor and tenderness of the sprouts.

Place a steaming basket in a large, deep pot and add 2 inches of water. Ensure that the steaming basket sits at least 1 inch above the surface of the water. If possible, use a steaming basket with very small holes so that the narrow bean sprouts cannot fall through and into the water.

Put the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil.

Lay the bean sprouts into the steaming basket, arranging them horizontally so they do not fall through the holes of the steaming basket.

Cover the pot with the lid and allow the bean sprouts to steam until they are tender and done to your liking. This should take 2 to 4 minutes, depending on your taste.