To steam is to cook a food in the vapor given off by boiling water. The food usually is placed in a pan on a rack just above, but not touching, the water. The pan then is covered to retain the steam. Foods may be steamed in a variety of utensils -- from metal steamer baskets and other special steamers to colanders set into saucepans.


  1. Full-Steam -Ahead Fish

    No need to get steamed about a dinnertime crunch. Quick-cooking ingredients and cooking without oil keep this steamed fish meal light, fresh, and low in fat.

  2. Orange-Scented Green Beans with Toasted Almonds

    Toasted nuts and fresh orange zest adorn these versatile green beans. Toast the nuts while you steam the beans and you have a polished addition to any meal ready in 15 minutes flat. Double it: Steam the green beans in a Dutch oven instead of a saucepan.

  3. Broccoli Raab with Garlic, White Beans, Tomatoes, and Parmesan

    The depth of the wok allows you to simultaneously saute and steam the broccoli raab while preserving its beautiful green color. To make the dish vegan, garnish with toasted breadcrumbs instead of Parmesan cheese.

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  1. Easy Party Food Recipes for a Great Graduation Day

    Tue, 14 May 2013

    graduation party food always make me think of steam tables? I guess it’s because so many graduation parties ..... you think “ picnic ” instead of “ steam table,” you’ll find plenty of crowd-pleasers suitable ..... food, and it’s all great — not a steam table in sight.

  2. Skip the Lactose: Switch to Non-Dairy Milk—Know Your Label Lingo

    Thu, 25 Apr 2013

    iStock Whether you’re lactose intolerant or just looking for a different flavor to pour over your cereal or steam up in your latte every morning, there are lots of non-dairy “milks” on most grocery store shelves. They all have pluses and minuses — the information below should

  3. Pesto Quinoa Bowls with Poached Eggs

    Tue, 1 Sep 2015

    in her bowl.) This year, we have been pumping up our pesto with kale since we have so much of it in the garden. I simply steam it and drain it before adding it into the food processor with the basil. Kale doesn’t really change the flavor of the pesto much

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Food Blogs We Love

  1. Smoke and Mirrors

    Mon, 6 Feb 2012

    Genesis 200 strobe with rectangular softbox Steam rising from a dish tells a powerful and immediately ..... and questions ! Capturing that natural steam , rather than Photoshopping them in after the ..... successfully photographing something as elusive as steam : Use a dark background so that the smoke

  2. Lemon Cauliflower

    Sat, 29 Oct 2011

    1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into small florets 2 lemons 2 T chopped basil Salt and pepper to taste Steam cauliflower 4-6 minutes. Remove skin from a lemon and then cut out the segments without any membrane (LINK FROM CITURS SALAD

  3. Mashed Potato Bake

    Tue, 20 Nov 2012

    Mashed Potato Bake 3 servings 185 calories per serving 24 oz. potatoes, peeled and quartered (you can use the frozen Oreida Steam and Mash here for a quick alternative) 2 oz. low fat cream cheese, cubed 1/4 c low fat sour cream 1 T skim milk

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How To

  1. How to Make Apple Pie

    Sat, 1 Jan 2000

    the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Make steam vents in the dough by poking the tip of ..... s important to vent well so that the steam from the cooking apples won't build up ..... boil, so look for the bubbles through the steam vents or through cracks near the edges of

  2. How to Make a Basic Omelet

    Sat, 1 Jan 2000

    more eggs the omelet contains, the more difficult it is to turn. Add beaten eggs to a very hot skillet. This will cause the steam that makes omelets extra fluffy. Classic Omelet Servings: 2 servings Prep: 5 minutes Total: 11 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon

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