How to Steam Zucchini in a Microwave

Zucchini, a type of summer squash, is a versatile vegetable. While sometimes eaten fresh, zucchini may be an ingredient in other foods or just cooked by itself. Although a steamer is often used to cook zucchini, it does well when steamed in a microwave oven. The process for microwave-cooking zucchini is simple and doesn't take long. Present your family a healthy dish by making steamed zucchini for dinner.

Things You'll Need

  • Zucchini

  • Paper towels

  • Cutting board

  • Knife

  • Microwave-safe bowl or other container

  • Microwave plastic wrap

  • Plate

Step 1

Rinse the zucchini under running water, and pat it dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Cut the zucchini into bite-sized pieces, and place them a microwave-safe bowl. If you prefer, you can peel the zucchini before steaming.

Step 3

Cover the bowl with microwave-safe plastic wrap or a lid. Leave one corner of the lid or wrap loose so some of the steam can escape. This helps to keep the lid from blowing off.

Step 4

Cook the zucchini on high for four to six minutes. Check if it is tender. If not, cook it for another minute on high, repeating until tender.

Step 5

Take the bowl out of the microwave, and place the steamed zucchini on a plate.


Microwave pouches also work well for steaming vegetables in the microwave.