Kitchen Tricks and Tips From Our Expert Cooks
How to Steam (Without a Steamer Basket)
For vegetables: Fill a large pot or Dutch oven with ½ inch of water and set a small metal colander inside (the water should not come above the bottom of the colander); bring to a simmer. Place the vegetables—green beans, carrots, or potatoes, say—in the colander, cover the pot, and steam until tender.
For fish: Fill a large skillet with ½ inch of water and set a heatproof plate inside (the water should not come above the rim of the plate); bring to a simmer. Place the fish fillets on the plate, cover the skillet, and steam until the fish is opaque throughout.
When it comes to the do’s and don’ts, you’ve got lots of questions. Here, solutions for making the season merry and bright.