Are you looking for a simple, easy method of cooking food? Why not give steaming a try? This method is so user friendly that you will be cooking shellfish, serving steam cooked vegetables, and enjoying amazing steamed fish in no time!
How To Cook With A Steamer: Fish
Steaming fish in a bamboo steamer is a great option for preparing fish because it is so delicate. Many will agree that the flavor and texture of steamed fish is hard to beat. Steaming is a great way to cook without adding any additional fat or calories and keeping the texture moist and appealing.
Steaming fish is very simple: Place the bamboo steamer over a wok or other water boiling device. You can replace half the water with soy sauce or wine if desired. Line the racks of your bamboo basket with parchment paper or lettuce or cabbage leaves, then place the fish on top. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cooking time will depend on the weight of the fish.
How To Cook With A Steamer: Vegetables
Cooking by steaming is one of the healthiest ways to cook vegetables. Plus, the technique keeps them crisp and fresh and won’t deplete their vitamin content like other methods do. The Food Network recommends steaming vegetables that are sturdy, like carrots, asparagus, broccoli, and green beans. It is possible to steam leafy greens, but don’t keep them in as long as the more substantial veggies.
Cut your vegetables into small sizes to help them steam faster. Boil a pot of water and place your steaming basket full of vegetables on top. Its okay to check the progress of your veggies, but don’t take the lid off too many times. Once your vegetables have steamed, dunk them in a colander filled with ice or in a bowl of ice water. This will keep your steam cooked vegetables crunchy.
Steaming is as easy as it is healthy, and it takes almost no previous cooking experience to master. You can even steam in the microwave!
- “Healthy How-To: Steaming Veggies”, Food Network
- “How to Steam Vegetables”, Bon Appetit