How to Steam Food: 3 Ways to Set Up a Steamer
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Simple tips on how to steam food, from vegetables or proteins to buns, dumplings, & desserts––even without special equipment. Here are 3 ways to do it.
Recipe type: Chinese Steaming
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: varies
  • Steamer Set-up #1: A Pot (or Wok) with Lid and Heat-proof Dish
  • A pot or wok with a lid
  • A heat-proof dish that can fit inside the wok or pot
  • Something to prop up the dish above the water, like a metal steam rack or a clean metal can
  • Steamer Set-up #2: A Stainless Steel Steamer
  • Steamer Set-up #3: A Bamboo Steamer
  1. Select your favorite method of steaming depending upon what you have on hand in your kitchen arsenal
  2. Select your favorite steamed dish
  3. Cook and enjoy!
Recipe by The Woks of Life at