What foods can i steam?
Ive just bought a new steamer and would like to know everything i can put in it. Its a 3 tier steamer :) Thanks alot.
Also is steaming healthier than boiling?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Steaming is the most gentle way to cook vegetables, chicken, and seafood because the food is placed over (and not in) boiling water in a covered pot or steamer. It's also one of the healthiest ways to cook because it does not require any added fat. It also does a better job than other cooking processes of retaining a food's flavor, shape, color, texture, and many of the nutrients.
What to Steam
You can steam a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, chicken, and shellfish. For added flavor, steam food on a bed of herbs, scallions, lemon slices, or greens. Leafy greens—such as spinach or mustard greens—and shellfish, such as mussels and clams, are terrific possibilities for steaming.
Tips for Steaming
To steam foods, make sure the ingredients are not immersed in the water. Over a pot of water, add a collapsible pot or Chinese bamboo steamer, then add the foods you want to steam. Cover, bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cooking times vary, depending on the foods being steamed.
- BrittanyLv 44 years ago
No. Steaming your vegetables keeps the nutrients in them, and most of the flavor. Steaming bread makes it soggy. Steaming meat, like chicken, put you at risk of becoming ill from undercooked meat. Steaming pasta makes it sticky. Steaming cheese makes a melty mess. None of this will actually help you lose weight, except if you really don't want to eat a soggy, sticky, messy concoction that will make you sick. The veggies are okay, though.
- Tom ツLv 71 decade ago
I can't really think of much that you can't steam. Of course vegetables come to mind, but steamed dumplings, steamed fish and steamed pork are all delicious. The great thing about a steamer is that you can infuse the steam with flavors, like tea, or lemon, or cinnamon. I'm sure the instruction booklet mentions all kinds of ideas. I hope I've give you some more.
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- 1 decade ago
pretty much anything!
vegetables- broccoli, carrots, potatoes, green beans, peas, almost anything!
you can also steam some meats and fish like salmon which will have a nice and tender texture.
There is no theory proving that steaming is healthier than boiling but sometimes it tends to be as most people add salt during the method of boiling something to speed up the boiling process or add flavour.
Also, most vegetables that are boiled are more likely to lose their vitamins, nutritional values, etc rather than if they are steamed.
- KD --Lv 41 decade ago
well, did you get a book with it? I'd read that first.
I don't have a "steamer" but I do have a few "old fashioned" steamers, if you will, that allow me to cook food on top of boiling water, keeping them free from the actual water.
And, since most nutrients are in the skins of veggies, yes, steaming allows you to have the nutrients that would otherwise end up in the water you would boil them in.
you can steam anything. Meat, veggies, rice, but perhaps not pasta.
- 1 decade ago
I used to make this side dish all the time. cut and peel a sweet potato into medium size chunks, and any veggies you like, (broccoli, carrots, celery, squash, cauliflower) and steam until the sweet potatoes are tender but watch the veggies don't get squishy. once it's all done add some cheddar cheese to the mixture and let it sit while the cheese melts. It's a very hardy side dish and i used to serve it with white rice (yes it's atrociously high in carbs, but every now and then you crave some real substance food)
- WestLv 61 decade ago
Yes. Steaming is healthier. The food tastes better and has more color. You can steam all veggies, tamales, dumplings, and meat. Steamed yams at holiday time are our very favorites. There are a variety of ways to use the steamer also. Here is a recipe where you can insert a glass pie plate to steam.
Chinese Steamed Chicken and Chinese Sausage
This is home-style Chinese cooking that is easy and tasty. Get the Chinese sausage (Larp Chong) from a Chinese grocery store. The sausage gives the flavor to the chicken therefore it's a must in this recipe.
40 min | 15 min prep
* 2 lbs chicken breasts or chicken tenders
* 2 teaspoons soy sauce
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon cornstarch
* 1 teaspoon sherry wine
* 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice, fresh squeezed
* 4 dried mushrooms, soaked
* 4 Chinese sausage, thinly sliced (Larp Chong) (or other sausage)
1. Chop chicken into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces.
2. In a large bowl, mix chicken with soy sauce, sugar, salt, cornstarch, sherry wine, and ginger juice.
3. Remove stems from mushrooms that have been soaked and softened. Slice into long pieces.
4. Stir mushrooms and larp chong into chicken.
5. Put mixture into a 9 inch glass pie plate.
6. Steam over boiling water for 25 minutes or place in a casserole dish and microwave on high power for 13 - 16 minutes.
7. Serve with steamed white rice.
Update: There are a lot of articles that discuss the nutrition benefit of steaming like this one. "Steamed vegetables retain more of their nutrients, thereby making them healthier than boiled or microwaved vegetables."
- hughesLv 43 years ago
We favor vegetables but like fruits that we use in salad such as tomatoes and avocados.