Best Cooking Time - How Long to Cook Vegetables

How To Cook Vegetables

Select Type of Vegetable From List on the Left of This Page


There are too many types of vegetables to answer the question "how to cook vegetables" on one page. Often combined with fruits as in "fruits and vegetables" this category includes everything from amaranth leaves to Zucchini Squash. In between it also includes greens, mushrooms, roots and tubers, pulses (edible seed like peas, beans, and lentils), seaweed, and nuts.

Vegetables of similar type and size can be assembled so that you have vegetable soup or stew, roasted fall vegetables, spring salad, ratatouille, stir fries, grilled vegetable skewers - there really isn't an end.

We will have cooking tables for each of the individual vegetables but always try mixing your favorites.

If you want a specific vegetable click on the list on the left to choose from the list of vegetables that we have to date. If yours isn't there use the contact us button and ask, we will get back to you with an answer.

How to Cook Vegetables

Cook Time

Simmer Saute onion and garlic in olive oil, add stock and hard vegetables (potato, carrot, turnip etc.) and spices, simmer 30 min. add soft vegetables (greens, tomato, peas, corn, etc) simmer 15 minutes - season with salt and pepper.
Roast 400 degrees F all vegetables cut to chunks oiled and salted single layer on a baking sheet with sides. Stir after 15 min. cook till done 30 min. to 1 hr. If they cook at different rates remove those that are done first.
Stir Fry or Saute small pieces 1/8 in. thick 5 minutes
Deep Fry (tempura) 360F small pieces or florets 2 min. - small pieces of root vegetables 4 min. - till lightly browned (very small pieces can take just one minute - test and decide)
Cooking times for Vegetables

Test for Doneness: The doneness test for most vegetables is when they pierce easily with a thin bladed knife, but the best test is the taste test. They are done when they reach the consistency of your choice.


Ingredients commonly used with mixed vegetables include:

balsamic vinegar
chicken broth
curry powder
Dijon mustard
dried oregano
dry white wine
freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
freshly-ground black pepper
garlic cloves
ground cumin
ground nutmeg
lemon juice
minced ginger
olive oil
orange juice
red pepper flakes
rice wine vinegar
shredded cheddar cheese
vegetable oil


Classic Mixed Vegetable Recipes:

Vegetable Soup
Vegetable Stew
Roasted Fall Vegetables
Spring Salad
Stir Fries
Grilled Vegetable skewers - or just grilled vegetables
Tempura (Fritter)




Mixed Vegetable Tips And Techniques

There are many types of vegetables hard and soft. Hard includes vegetables like potatoes, turnips, and carrots which take some time to cook to get softer. The soft vegetable include green beans, lettuce, and tomatoes that take much less or no time to cook. Take the necessary cooking time into consideration when cooking vegetables together. For soups or stews add soft vegetables later.


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