How To Homemade Steamer Basket

Metal Colander

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Metal colanders can serve as steamer baskets for vegetables and other items that don’t require a flat surface on which to cook. Hang the colander’s handles over the rim of a pot, so that the colander is suspended inside. If the colander has no handles, set it on an overturned heatproof bowl inside the pot. Fill the bottom of the pot with water, keeping the water level below the bottom of the colander. Rest the pot’s cover on top of the colander.


#1: Instant Pot Steamer Basket Broccoli

I use my steamer basket the most to make Instant Pot Broccoli. This is one you really need the basket for for the most ideal, perfectly cooked broccoli.

We consume so much broccoli each week, and the Instant Pot and Instant Pot steamer basket make it so much easier. One and done!

BONUS: Don’t forget to check out my post on the Best Instant Pot Accessories to buy and AVOID!)

Cleaning the Instant Pot Steamer Basket

I find my steamer basket incredibly easy to clean because it is dishwasher safe on the top or bottom rack. It’s also simple to clean with a scrubby and dish soap. I recommend cleaning the steamer basket as soon as you’re finished using it to avoid letting any foods get stuck in the mesh.

Oven Steaming

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The oven is a convenient option for steaming large quantities of food, such as tamales or whole fish. Fit a metal broiler rack or cooling rack in a large roasting pan, using overturned ovenproof bowls to create space under the rack for water. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, place the food on the rack and fill the bottom of the roasting pan with boiling water. Cover the roasting pan with foil and transfer it to the warm oven.


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