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How to Steam Squash & Pumpkin

Steaming is one of the most healthful ways to cook vegetables to retain all the nutrients. Create a healthy meal in minutes by steaming vegetables.

  • Serves4 cups
  • Cooks in 6-10mins
  • Prep time 5mins
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  • 4 cups diced pumpkin or winter squash
  • water




Steamed Pumpkin and Squash


WASH, cut ½, scoop out seeds, peel + dice 5cm / 2″ cubes – see Knife Skills photo gallery above. 


SAUCEPAN add water 5cm / 2″ bring to a boil, lid on. 


STEAMER BASKET place cubed veg.  Use stainless steel or bamboo steamer, never plastic.


PLACE steamer basket over boiling water, lid on.  Water level should be below steamer basket. 


SET TIMER 6 mins – CHECK if fork-tender; if not, steam another 2 min. Turn off heat.


REMOVE the steamer basket.  If you leave it sit over water or the lid on, it will keep cooking = overcook.


SERVE steamed vegetables or proceed with your recipe as per directions.

Chef Hat Icon Chef tips + Ingredient Swaps + Ideas

LOW FODMAP recommendations Kabocha/Japanese Pumpkin ⅔ cup per serving. Butternut Squash ⅓  cup per serving


SIZE MATTERS Cooking times will vary depending on the size you cut the vegetables


KABOCHA | Japanese Pumpkin and butternut squash are the galleries images


DIY PUREE pumpkin or squash, sweet potato puree for baking by steaming and then pureeing vegetables

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