Cooking Times for Vegetables

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Cooking vegetables is not a complicated thing, you just put them in hot water and when they are soft then they are done, but it’s actually a good idea to know more or less the times some vegetables take to cook.

Firstly, it helps you to plan your cooking time and ensure that all the components of your meal are ready at the same time. For example, if you know that it takes 20 minutes to roast a particular vegetable, you can start cooking it at the appropriate time so that it’s ready when the rest of your meal is ready.

Also, knowing how long a vegetable takes to cook can help you to avoid overcooking or undercooking it. If you know that a vegetable only takes 5 or 30 minutes to cook, you can keep a close eye on it and make sure that you take it off the heat as soon as it’s done and cook it for the appropriate amount of time.

Cooking Times for Vegetables (em minutes)

Ingredients Boiled In Vapor Pressure Cooked Roasted Microwaves
Pumpkin 10 to 15 10 to 15 8 to 12 40 5 to 8
Artichoke 20 to 30 * 10 to 12 * 5 to 7
Leek 10 to 12 10 to 12 8 to 10 12 to 15 4 to 5
Potato 15 to 20 18 to 22 * 40 to 45 8 to 12
Sweet Potato 15 to 20 18 to 22 10 to 15 40 to 45 9 to 11
Young Potato 15 to 20 18 to 22 * 25 to 30 9 to 11
Eggplant 5 to 8 5 to 7 * 15 to 20 7 to 9
Beet 20 to 30 45 to 50 15 to 25 35 to 40 *
Broccoli 4 to 6 10 to 12 2 6 to 8 *
Onion 15 to 20 15 to 20 * 30 to 40 7 to 9
Carrot 7 to 10 8 to 12 3 to 5 25 to 30 5 to 9
Parsnip 9 to 15 9 to 15 6 to 12 25 to 30 5 to 6
Chayote 10 to 15 15 to 20 5 * *
Summer Squash 5 to 10 5 to 7 * * 4 to 6
Mushroom * * * 5 to 10 4 to 6
Cabbage 10 to 20 * 5 * *
Brussels Sprout 8 to 12 8 to 12 10 to 15 12 to 15 5 to 6
Cauliflower 8 to 12 8 to 12 4 to 10 15 to 20 8 to 10
Pea 4 to 5 6 to 7 * * 6 to 7
Asparagus 6 to 8 6 to 8 2 10 to 12 8 to 10
Spinach * 5 to 8 * * 4 to 6
Broad Beans 15 to 20 * * * *
Green Beans 6 to 8 10 to 12 1 to 3 * 8 to 10
Corn 5 to 7 5 to 7 4 * 2 to 4
Turnip 20 to 25 15 to 20 11 to 16 30 to 35 6 to 8
Bell Pepper 4 to 6 * * 15 to 20 3 to 4
Okra 8 to 10 6 to 8 5 to 8 10 to 15 7 to 9
Tomato 5 to 10 10 * 25 to 45 2 to 3

* Not Recommended, some ingredients don’t stand up well to high temperatures or don’t cook well with this technique.

If there is a vegetable missing in the list, just tell me on the comments and ill try and figure out its cooking times, this list is always a work in progress! ;D

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