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How To Steam Vegetables On The Grill

September 9, 2015
Lemon chicken with vegetables cooked in foil

Steamed vegetables are incredibly healthy to eat, and they add a pure, natural touch to any meal they accompany. While you can grill vegetables to go with your steak or chicken, sometimes it’s nice to have a variation of flavors. Rather than going into the kitchen to steam them, you could easily do all of your cooking right on the grill. Here is a guide showing how to steam vegetables on the grill.

Set Up Your Grill For Steaming Vegetables

Create a pan-like shape out of aluminum foil by rolling up the sides of a rectangular sheet. This will act as a bowl to hold water while you steam. Place this on the grill rack, and add water to the bottom of it. Set the temperature to high until the water starts to boil.

Cut your vegetables into whatever size you want, but do not season them until they have been completely steamed or close to it. If you want to cook them separately, you will need to create more than one foil bowl.

How To Steam Veggies On A Grill

Per the instructions above, you can add the vegetables to your foil bowl once the water reaches a boil. Keep the heat on high for the duration of your steaming, making sure the flames do not go above the grill plate.

Stir the vegetables continuously, and water on top of them when you start to run low. You want to do this before the water evaporates to avoid burning the vegetables. Keep the veggies cooking until they are soft. Stop pouring water on them, and let them cook without the water for an additional 30 seconds.

If you want to season your vegetables, you may do that during the very last round of water or during those last 30 seconds. You may also season them when they are off the grill. Simple salt and pepper usually works well, but you could also use vegetable seasoning.

Present The Finished Product

Once the vegetables are ready to eat, serve them up on a plate or in a bowl. You can do this alongside grilled foods, or you could try it over brown noodles or rice. Add a couple sprigs of parsley to the top for a fancy touch, and you should be good to go.

There are a lot of creative ways to use a grill. You just have to think of it as a giant heat source and figure out how to use it to your advantage. Test out some different ideas and see what works best for you.

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