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How to steam zucchini in the microwave! The perfect recipe for a quick healthy add-in to your Buddha Bowl.

steamed zucchini in microwave

Buddha Bowl Veggies

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You can always count on Steamy Kitchen to teach you the simplest and best ways to cook your vegetables. Zucchini is a popular vegetable for Buddha Bowls, whether you roast, spiralize or steam them.

Why Steam Zucchini in the Microwave

Using the microwave to cook zucchini is the fastest, easiest and most energy efficient method.

With just a microwave safe bowl and a large plate, you’ll have steamed zucchini in less than 4 minutes.

How to Choose a Zucchini at the Grocery Store

For the most flavor, search for a a rich, dark green zucchini that is relatively thin and about 7 inches long. Larger zucchinis tend to have less flavor so aim to pick one on the smaller side. 

How to Steam Zucchini in the Microwave

Steam zucchini in your microwave in just 4 minutes for a delicious side dish! Depending on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.
Prep Time1 min
Active Time4 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: sides
Keyword: steamed zucchini


  • 2 zucchini (mediuim sized)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt


  • Slice zucchini into coins. Transfer to microwave safe dish, add water. Cover with large plate or lid and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. Remove from microwave and drain all of the water. Transfer to serving dish, mix in the butter to melt, toss with garlic salt and parmesan cheese

What to Pair Zucchini With

A crispy, flavorful chicken parmesan would pair wonderfully with zucchini.

Try Korean beef marinated in a combo of soy, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic and ginger (so good) and mix with zucchini and rice to make a bowl. 

Toss your steamed zucchini in butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and top your favorite pasta with it.

If you have tried making steamed zucchini in the microwave, or any other recipe on my blog, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!