The Secrets of Better Cooking
If cooking healthfully seems impossible, you've come to the right place. Whether you want to bake, steam, grill, saute, stir-fry, roast, or poach, our breakdown of seven easy cooking methods proves anyone can cook healthfully
Baking is a cooking method that circulates dry heat around food for a prolonged period. It requires minimal fat to make food browned and crisp.
Steaming is a method of moist-heat cooking that uses steam to conduct heat to delicate foods, such as vegetables and seafood. Because the vegetables are not submerged in water, cooking them by steam is the best way to preserve their nutrients and bright colors.
Grilling is a method of dry-heat cooking that transfers heat to foods from an open flame. This method can reduce the fat content of higher-fat meats because some of the fat drips off as the meat cooks.
Sauteeing is quickly cooking foods in a shallow pan over medium-high heat. A small amount of oil or butter is required -- usually 1 to 2 tablespoons -- so sauteed foods absorb little fat.
Stir-frying is a Chinese cooking method similar to sauteeing, but the foods are cooked at a higher temperature and are constantly stirred until cooked through. Stir-frying is perfect for vegetables, seafood, and other lean proteins.
Poaching is a moist-heat method of gently simmering foods in liquid. It's best for delicate foods, such as seafood and eggs. Poached foods absorb flavor but little fat.