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A bowl full of steamed and buttered broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.
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Buttered Vegetables

Simple buttered vegetables is a STAPLE side dish in our home! My kids love steamed mixed vegetables that have been topped with butter and sprinkling of salt and pepper. This is a universal vegetable side dish that can be served with any meal.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings


  • water
  • 3 large carrots - cut into disks, about 1/4" inch thick
  • 3 cups broccoli - cut into florets
  • 3 cups cauliflower - cut into florets
  • 5 tablespoons butter - cut into cubes (allows butter to melt faster)
  • kosher salt - to taste
  • freshly cracked pepper - to taste


  • In a medium pot add enough water to go up the sides about 1-1.5" inches. Place a steamer basket in the pot (see notes). Add the carrots, cover, and steam for 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid and add the broccoli, and cauliflower. Cook until fork tender but slightly crisp, about 6-8 minutes more. Watch and continue testing the vegetables with a fork to determine desired doneness.
  • Drain water from the pot. Transfer the vegetables to a serving bowl and add the butter and stir to combine. The butter should melt quickly amongst the steaming hot vegetables. 
  • Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy warm. 


Steamer basket: You do NOT have to use a steamer basket to make this recipe. If you don't use a basket you should still follow the recipe as written.
Testing for doneness: Once I added the broccoli and cauliflower I steamed the vegetables for 8 minutes. This time will vary depending on multiple factors: 1) how big are the florets. 2) your desired doneness level. 
Butter: You can adjust the amount of butter you use to your liking. 
Variations: Mix things up with different combinations of vegetables ... 
Storing: Store leftover vegetables in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


Calories: 126kcal (6%), Carbohydrates: 9g (3%), Protein: 3g (6%), Fat: 10g (15%), Saturated Fat: 6g (30%), Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 25mg (8%), Sodium: 138mg (6%), Potassium: 411mg (12%), Fiber: 3g (12%), Sugar: 3g (3%), Vitamin A: 6589IU (132%), Vitamin C: 67mg (81%), Calcium: 47mg (5%), Iron: 1mg (6%)