While most people get an immersion circulator or a sous vide cooker to prepare restaurant-quality steaks, tender chicken breast, or a perfectly cooked salmon, there are a lot of foods that are the tastiest when prepared sous vide. One of those foods that have a whole new range of flavors are vegetables, which won’t turn out overcooked or mushy when cooked sous vide and will make a show-stopping side dish.
Preparing Vegetables Sous Vide
Sous vide cookers (both ovens and immersion circulators) utilize precise temperature control to ensure the dish is perfectly cooked. Naturally, vegetables and meat need to be sous vide at different temperatures, so they should be prepared separately. It might surprise you, but veggies should actually be cooked at a higher temperature than meat: for most, it’s the temperature of 183 degrees Fahrenheit. The reason for this is that vegetables contain pectin, a substance you might recognize as a common thickening agent often used in the preparation of jams and jellies, breaks down only on high cooking temperatures.
When cooked sous vide, vegetables turn out soft and tender, but not overcooked. This is why tough, crunchy veggies are often the choice of chefs for their sous vide cookers: in no time, you’ll get a side dish that is full of flavor, has the perfect texture and basically melts in one’s mouth.
Adding a few simple ingredients such as butter and spices will enhance the natural aroma of the veggies and transform them from a bland mishmash to an aromatic side dish that will have everybody asking for seconds.
Which Veggies Should Be Cooked Sous Vide?
Not only that you can sous vide vegetables, you definitely should. Once you taste the soft, flavorful veggies prepared in sous vide oven, or with an immersion circulator, you won’t go back to plain steamed or cooked vegetables ever again.
Vegetables that are best when cooked sous vide include root vegetables (beets, carrots, potatoes, etc.), crunchy artichokes and asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplants brussels sprouts, fennel, onions, and leeks. In fact, there is very little you can’t prepare in a sous vide cooker, and the same goes for veggies. You can even cook corn on the cob sous vide!
When prepared sous vide, vegetables can ideally complement the tender meat on your plate, or served alone, as an unbelievably tasty vegan meal indistinguishable from those served in a high-end restaurant. From a green bean casserole to a creamy broccoli soup, vegetable risotto, cauliflower puree… There’s no shortage of ideas for sous vide recipes when you’re willing to get creative.
Before you embark on your next culinary adventure, make sure to check out our guides to preparing vegetables sous vide!
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