Sauce for Steamed Vegetables?

I’ve recently gotten a little metal steamer and I’m running out of ideas for sauces for various veggies. I’ve made a nice sauce out of peanut butter, oil, and red pepper flakes for green beans. For cauliflower I’ve added some parmesan cheese and olive oil. But other then a squeeze of lemon….do you have any other great combinations I could try? Thank you!

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  • dubedo Jan 5, 2021

    This isn’t the MOST exciting, but lime butter (melted butter mixed with lime juice and salt) is good on broccoli. Or lemon butter!

    • fourunder Jan 5, 2021

      I recall not too long ago, there was a strong contingent praising the wonderful taste of soy sauce and butter mixed together on Asian Vegetables and rice. I also find Oyster Flavored sauce works well on Green vegetables like Chinese Broccoli/Gai Lan and Mustard Greens..

      When I sautee zucchini or green beans, I like to use garlic and burst either cherry or grape tomatoes for a mix and finish with a drizzle of Olive oil …..or simply roast them all together in the oven.

      • goodhealthgourmet Jan 6, 2021

        fourunder, try some chopped fresh thyme and a splash of sherry vinegar with the tomatoes & zucchini – it’s one of my favorites.

      • Cachetes Jan 5, 2021

        My husband does a dish where he steams brussel sprouts and then makes a tasty vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, oregano, a touch of olive oil, and sea salt. I disliked brussel sprouts until I met this dish.

        • cheesecake17 Jan 6, 2021

          This combo is good on broccoli too. You can switch the red wine vinegar for tarragon vinegar and black pepper.

          I also like lemon juice, cumin, salt, dried mint, and a bit of olive oil

          • greygarious Jan 6, 2021

            I use just about any variety of salad dressing, bottled or homemade, on vegetables – half a tablespon stirred into a one-cup serving is enough.

            • sweetscone Apr 19, 2021

              I tried this with equal parts olive oil and and Spanish sherry vinegar, sea salt and Italian oregano. Delicious! Thank you!

              • Chocodog Jul 3, 2021

                Wow, that is making my mouth water. Here’s the problem though, I am new to cooking and really need the exact measurements that you use to make this delicious sounding sauce for steamed vegetables. Please if you have it, I would be very appreciative. Thank You,

              • firecooked Jan 5, 2021

                Have you tried compound butters? You can keep slices of butter in the freezer to toss in for instant flavor… one of my favorites is red wine – shallot butter.

                • mordacity Jan 5, 2021

                  My parents always put the same thing on their steamed veggies every time and I still do it too, because that’s just the way you eat them!
                  Carrots – butter and brown sugar
                  Broccoli – butter and parmesan cheese
                  Cauliflower – butter and cheddar cheese
                  Green beans – butter and pepper

                  • Potomac Bob Jan 9, 2021

                    While it is true that veggies make a great delivery system for butter, the butter tastes better without the veggies.

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