The best new cooking method in a generation is coming to home kitchens.
Easy, convenient, and hands-off. Sous vide cooking is a relatively new technique to arrive in the home kitchen. French for “under vacuum” because it often involves sealing food in plastic, sous vide allows you to cook food gently in an automatic water bath to the perfect temperature. From the perfect seared steak to crème brûlée with the ideal consistency, sous vide makes cooking easier and more foolproof, taking away all the guesswork and giving you back free time.
A thorough front section explains sous vide cooking and where it originated, offers how-tos and what-you’ll-needs including our picks for the best sous vide devices, and a Q&A that will make you a sous vide savant.
Foolproof Hands-Off Recipes Include
- • Soft Poached Eggs
- • Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt Cups
- • Crispy-Skinned Bone-In Chicken Breasts
- • Easy Boneless Turkey Breast (extra white meat for Thanksgiving!)
- • Butter-Basted Rib-Eye Steaks
- • Porchetta
- • Spiral-Sliced Ham
- • Miso-Marinated Salmon
- • Spanish-Style Spicy Shrimp with Olive Oil and Garlic
- • Perfect Asparagus with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette
- • Overnight Steel-Cut Oats
- • Upside-Down Cheesecake Cups
Sous Vide 101: How it Works
A sous vide machine, also called an immersion circulator, preheats water to a precise cooking temperature that matches your ideal serving temperature. Food is sealed in plastic bags or, in the case of yogurt and custards, in glass jars and placed in the bath (in-shell eggs can go directly in the bath). The food eventually reaches the same temperature as the water (and no higher), which guarantees consistent results recipe after recipe, day after day. Sous vide differs from stovetop and oven cooking, which require much higher heat than the food’s serving temperature, making it imperative to remove food at just the right moment to prevent overcooking.
Q. Is sous vide safe?
A. Yes. We include information on temperature safety so you can see for yourself why sous vide–prepared food is perfectly safe.
Q. Is it safe to cook in plastic?
A. After reviewing the considerable amount of research on this subject, we believe it’s safe. Our recommended plastic bag, Ziploc Brand Freezer Bag with Easy Open Tabs, has well-documented manufacturing details and plastic that is resistant to the sub-boiling temperatures involved in sous vide cooking. You can read more on the topic in Sous Vide for Everybody.