Steaming is a gentle cooking method and allows the food to retain it's shape, color, flavor and nutritional value. Counter-top steaming machines and stove-top steamers are the most common tools used to steam foods, however, if you are lacking this equipment, there is another simple method to perfectly steam vegetables.

Fill a large pot with approximately an inch of water, cover and place it over a high heat setting on the stove.

Wash, peel and cube or slice the squash, and place the pieces into the metal colander.

Once the water has come to a boil, remove the lid of the pot, insert the metal colander into the pot, and replace the cover.

Turn the stove to a medium heat setting and allow the squash to steam for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cubes or slices and the desired tenderness.

Turn off the stove and remove the lid on the pot. Open it away from the face and body to avoid steam burns. Remove the steamed squash from the pot and enjoy.


  • Try steamed squash with butter, fresh herbs and grated cheese.