16 Popular Steamer Recipes

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A steamer is a handy kitchen tool that every home cook should have! Whether you’re using a bamboo steamer or an insert in a pot, it can be used to cook veggies, rice, shellfish, and even cake! In this post, we’re sharing 16 of the most popular steamer recipes.

Best Steamed Recipes

Steamed Broccoli

Steaming broccoli is quick and easy, and comes out perfectly tender-crisp every time. Be sure to steam the broccoli just until it turns bright green.

Steamed Crab Legs

Using a steamer to reheat crab legs is incredibly easy! Just place the crab legs in the steamer over boiling water, cover the pot and steam for about 6 minutes. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.

Steamed Carrot Cake

This steamed carrot cake is perfectly moist, tender, and delicious! It takes about 40 minutes to cook, and when it’s cool enough, top it with the sweet cream cheese frosting included in the recipe.

Steamed Salmon

The salmon in this dish is perfectly seasoned with coriander, cumin, and Mediterranean aleppo pepper. Serve it with your favorite sides for a delicious meal! 

Steamed Spinach

Spinach takes just minutes to make and is perfectly tender when steamed. Season it gently with salt, pepper, garlic powder, butter, and fresh lemon juice for a healthy and tasty side dish! 

Steamed Tamales

If you love tamales, this recipe provides step-by-step instructions on how to steam tamales in 4 easy ways! 

Steamed Buns

These steamed bao buns are soft, delicate, and perfect for sharing. Enjoy them on their own or stuff them with delicious fillings! 

Steamed Chinese Pork Buns

These soft steamed buns are filled with a juicy and flavorful pork filling.  Enjoy them as a tasty grab-and-go snack! 

Steamed Rice

Soft and fluffy rice is one of the easiest sides to enjoy with a variety of meats and veggies. Use a steamer for perfect results every time! 

Steamed Mango Mochi

Your kids will love the sweet flavors of this delicious steamed mango mochi! It’s quite easy to make and you’ll only need a handful of ingredients. 

Steamed Potatoes with Herbs

These baby-sized potatoes cook up soft, tender, and perfectly seasoned. Enjoy them with grilled meat and your favorite green veggie!  

Steamed Mussels

You’ll love the flavor of these restaurant-quality mussels! Be sure to serve them with lots of crusty bread to sop up the delicious broth. 

Steamed Carrots

After tasting this carrot dish, you’ll want to use your steamer more often! They’re perfectly tender and gently seasoned with butter, salt, and pepper. 

Steamed Cabbage

The secret to delicious cabbage is to cook it just until tender-crisp. The cabbage in this dish is steamed for 10 minutes and is perfectly seasoned with butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. 

Steamed Asparagus with Butter and Garlic

Steaming asparagus is a great way to ensure it’s still firm and crisp. It takes just a few minutes and is delicious served with butter, salt, pepper, garlic powder and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 

Steamed Clams in Garlic Butter

Serve these tender steamed clams the next time you’re hosting an outdoor gathering! They’re ready to enjoy in just 25 minutes and are delicious with a garlicky herbed lemon sauce.

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Steamed Crab Legs

Easy Steamer Crab Leg Recipe

By: Izzy
Using a steamer to reheat crab legs is incredibly easy! Just place the crab legs in the steamer over boiling water, cover the pot and steam for about 6 minutes. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.
Total: 6 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 pounds crab legs king crab or snow crab, thawed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 lemon


  • Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil.
  • Place the steamer basket in the pot.
  • Add the crab legs to the steamer basket. Cover and steam for 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from the steamer and serve with lemon wedges and melted butter.

Nutrition information provided is an estimate only and will vary based on ingredient brands and cooking methods used.

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About Izzy

I'm Izzy, a food lover and photographer. Here you’ll find a collection of simple recipes that are perfect for busy people. My blog aims to help you make and enjoy delicious and healthy food at home.

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