Methods Moist Heat


Moist-heat techniques—steaming, cooking foods en papillote, shallow poaching, deep poaching, and simmering-rely on liquid and/or water vapor as the cooking medium. Braising and Stewing are often thought of as peasant dishes because they frequently call for less tender (and less expensive) main ingredients than do other techniques. Monitoring cooking temperatures and times vigilantly and determining doneness accurately are key to a mastery of moist-heat methods.




This moist-heat cooking method is gentle enough for delicate food and versatile enough to add flavor and interest. This section show you how to:

  • Learn how to select and prepare foods for steaming
  • Capitalize on the health benefits of this low-fat technique
  • Prepare Beef and Pork Tamales and Red Snapper en Papillote
  • Expand on the basic technique of this cooking method

Submersion Cooking

Expand your culinary talents and knowledge by developing a more profound understanding of this moist-heat technique. During this section you will:

  • Explore the various methods of submersion cooking
  • Examine how the cooking liquid enhances the flavor of the menu item as well as the sauce
  • Learn how to select and prepare foods for poaching
  • Watch how Sea Bass with Watercress Sauce, Poached Salmon with Dill Butter, and Corned Beef and Cabbage are prepared


Explore how this cooking technique can play a key role in creating and maintaining healthy profit margins while delighting your customers and enriching your bottom line.

  • Review the fundamentals of this slow-cooking method
  • Learn how to select and prepare products for braising
  • Discover seasoning and flavoring techniques
  • Examine the principles of braising through our Yankee Pot Roast and Braise Romaine recipes


Take your culinary skills to new heights through the implementation of this moist-heat cooking method. During this section you will:

  • Review how to select and prepare the equipment for stewing
  • Explore seasoning techniques for stewed dishes
  • Learn how to select the proper cooking liquid for the product
  • Prepare the classic Veal Blanquette

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