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It's time to learn how to cook perfect veg

What’s the ideal vegetable cooking time for broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and all the other delicious vegetables available to complement most dishes, from a traditional roast, to a heartwarming stew or a light summer chicken recipe? Every vegetable has its own individual cooking time and whether you’re a steamer or a boiler we’ve listed the perfect vegetable cooking time for all the popular veggies.

This guide is for cooking times for fresh vegetables (you´ll find frozen cooking times on the packet!), and with all the vegetable boiling times, bring to the boil then simmer.


Cooking time for green beans
For green beans cooked to perfection:
Steam: 10-12 minutes
Boil: 6-8 minutes

Cooking time for broccoli
There’s nothing worse than soggy broccoli, but not with these timings:
Steam: 10-12 minutes
Boil 4-6 minutes

Cooking time for Brussels sprouts
Whether for the Christmas table or at any time of year, the correct cooking time is essential for delicious Brussels sprouts:
Steam: 8-12 minutes
Boil: 5-7 minutes

Cooking time for carrots
Carrots need to be served crisp and tender, here´s how:
Steam: 8-12 minutes
Boil: 7-10 minutes

Cooking time for cauliflower
To cook cauliflower just right:
Steam: 8-12
Boil: 4-6

Cooking time for peas
The perfect cooking time for tasty, succulent peas is:
Steam: 4-5 minutes
Boil: 5-5 minutes

Cooking time for cabbage
Shred, then follow these times to guarantee great tasting cabbage every time:
Steam: 5-8 minutes
Boil: 6-10 minutes

Cooking time for potatoes
Potatoes are simple to cook if you follow these potato cooking times, whether you´re making roast, boiled or mashed potatoes (for small or cut potatoes approx. 3cm in diameter):
Steam: 10-12 minutes
Boil: 15-20 minutes

Spinach cooking time is minimal and it reduces substantially so make sure you cook enough:
Steam: 5-6 minutes
Boil: 2-5 minutes

Follow this vegetable cooking time guide and you’ll serve up vegetables packed with flavour every time.