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What things can I steam?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 08, 2011 at 1:52 AM

I have become increasingly lazy and lately I am enjoying my electric steamer because it's so easy to use and clean. It's also a very gentle method of cooking that may have health advantages over grilling and frying, but I care less about that than the ease of use :P So far my usual method is some kind of protein + a vegetable steamed over some roots or rice so that they catch and absorb the delicious drippings. So far I have been very successful with sausage and salmon, but I'm wondering what other proteins I can steam? Any tips? Good recipes?

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on January 29, 2012
at 08:40 PM

Also try out different liquids for steaming. Red wine, butter, and garlic for mussels. Chicken broth, ginger slices, and scallion for chicken. Water, fennel slices, and dill for salmon. Just keep experimenting. Nom Nom Paleo likes her Sous Vide Supreme but touches up meats with a kitchen torch afterwards for that extra little bite.

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(951)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Very inventive approach. Sound like you have got it down to a science.

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(951)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Could I seam squash like I steam vegetables in a pot with the metal steam tray?

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(951)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Could I seam squash like I steam vegetables in a pot with the metal tray strainer looking thing?

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(951)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:52 AM

I lik the broiler idea. Very nice!

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:22 PM

haha you are lucky. I just find it too bland that way.

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:37 PM

I don't steam meats but I love steaming carrots, potatoes and broccoli. Steam them till tender then throw them under the broiler for 4-5 minutes so they crisp up a bit.

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on September 08, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Oh man, thanks, how could I forget eggs! Also, you can make custardin the steamer! http://www.koreanhomecooking.com/2008/02/egg-custard-gye-ran-jjim.html

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 08, 2011
at 02:51 AM

yeah, I love how sweet potatoes, plantains, and carrots steam too

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:39 PM

I love my steamer and steam all meat in perticularly chicken hear is my favorite steamer recipe BBQ chicken and potato salad Put frozen chicken pieces (leg,breast,ect) in steamer, add chopped onio garlic,green pepper,potato, the amount depend on family size.season w/salt, garlic powder,and creole seasoning. steam until potatoes are soft and chicken is cooked. seperate chicken and veggies on cookie sheet, put BBQ Sauce on chicken broil untel BBQ Sauce is set, mix mayo into veggies and serve.

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on September 22, 2011
at 05:10 PM

A food question I missed! Egads, must amend quickly :)

Steaming is awesome. Pretty much any veg, eggs in cups, you can do little steamed cakes and puddings - just change out the flour, sugar, dairy to match whatever you're eating. Fish is quite nice as are scallops. Shellfish, just load into the steamer basket. What's fun is taking shrimp, running on a skewer, then steaming. They're ready to go party style or just for you - hot or cold. Chicken breast for sure! A nice quick marinade is ginger, lemon, some coconut aminos or whatever you're using for soy sauce. Same sauce is tasty for fish, too. Or just season nicely and steam away until the meat is cooked. I always like to add herbs and some lemon slices, tho.

Happy steaming!

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on September 08, 2011
at 05:16 AM

I think all fish seems to do well steamed. Chicken and beef just look horrible when steamed. I would steam those only if it was going to go into a stew or onto a salad or something like that.

I usually just throw lemon and whatever herbs I have on hand into the water and that's about it.

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:20 PM

I steam everything...even beef and chicken. Is there any reason I should be browning??

Everyone thinks my food tastes extremely bland but I am use to it.

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:22 PM

haha you are lucky. I just find it too bland that way.

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on September 22, 2011
at 05:50 AM

Seafood in general lends itself well to steaming - shrimp, crab, scallops, clams, etc. I'd say you can steam nearly any protein that doesn't require searing or browning, and even that sort of thing could probably be steamed and then finished up on a hot pan.

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on September 08, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Here's how I steam kale and parsnips, without the steamer. Use a large (non-aluminium) frying pan and spray some coconut oil or bacon grease. Place thinly-sliced parsnips. Cover with heaps of kale (I buy those prepackaged and prewashed bags of kale from BJ's).

Press down with another frying pan or pot cover while on low heat. The parsnips will never burn and instead will be steamed. No need to turn them over. The kale will be steamed very nicely and ready for some oive oil, thyme and vinegar. I spray turmeric for some color and mix with sliced raw onions and sliced radishes. When I run out of parsnips, I use carrot slices.

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on September 23, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Very inventive approach. Sound like you have got it down to a science.

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on September 08, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Steamed eggs are easy but I'm not sure how to cook them in an electric steamer, just in a pan with a steam tray. They're much easier to peel than regular hard-boiled eggs which I seem to have a problem with. :)

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 08, 2011
at 02:58 AM

Oh man, thanks, how could I forget eggs! Also, you can make custardin the steamer! http://www.koreanhomecooking.com/2008/02/egg-custard-gye-ran-jjim.html

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on September 08, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Can't help you with the protein, however I have been having a lot of success steaming squash and eggplant over the past couple of days!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 08, 2011
at 02:51 AM

yeah, I love how sweet potatoes, plantains, and carrots steam too

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

(951)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Could I seam squash like I steam vegetables in a pot with the metal steam tray?

40449b985898b088a64660b40f329f0f

(951)

on September 23, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Could I seam squash like I steam vegetables in a pot with the metal tray strainer looking thing?

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