This cooking method seals in nutrients and big flavors.

By Claire Sullivan
Updated August 11, 2020
Sidney Bensimon

Fact: The simple act of cooking with water and heat, otherwise known as steaming, is underrated. It's lighter on fat, heart-healthy, and keeps your food loaded with nutrients. These recipes prove that steaming opens up a world of flavor, too. They go beyond basic steamed vegetables and apply the method to all kinds of proteins: chicken, turkey, fish, and tofu. And there are so many easy ways to steam—try steaming your food in a basket, in a covered pot, or even in the oven using parchment.

Greek Turkey Burgers

Unlike with grilling or roasting, when you steam your food, ingredients won't dry out if overcooked. These juicy Greek Turkey Burgers get a quick post-steam sear, are served atop pita, and get extra doses of flavor with hummus, cucumber spears, arugula, and lemony yogurt sauce.

Sidney Bensimon

Spring Chicken Niçoise

A springtime version of the classic, this Spring Chicken Nicoise Salad combines seasonal ingredients including new potatoes, sugar snap peas, and tender lettuces with steamed chicken, briny Niçoise olives, and salty feta.

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Spanish Cod with Chorizo and Fennel

Cooking en papillote (in parchment) creates a steamy environment inside the packets that turns out moist, flavorful food. Here, in our Spanish Cod with Chorizo and Fennel recipe, flaky cod fillets go Spanish with the addition of chorizo, fennel, cherry tomatoes, and garlic.

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Soba-Noodle Bowl with Tofu

Tofu and asparagus are steamed in batches in the same skillet in our delicious Soba-Noodle Bowl with Tofu recipe. Then they're teamed with Japanese buckwheat noodles, cilantro, toasted sesame seeds, and a spicy soy-lime dressing.


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