In summertime I love to cook with watermelons. They are so light and flavorful and can result in some really unique dishes. For this meal, I combine them with cucumbers, jalapeno, and lime for a sweet and spicy salad full of crunch. I usually like to serve it with a light sous vided fish, such as cod or tilapia, so the watermelon still manages to shine.
Sometimes I am up for a light snack that will hold me over until dinner time. This mixture of sous vided peaches and blue cheese always does the trick. I was originally unsure of the flavor combination but once I tried it together I was won over. This salad works best in the height of peach season, though sometimes I eat them all before I get around to actually cooking them!
When I'm looking for a quick but flavorful meal, I'll often turn to a steak with tomatoes and wilted spinach. Any type of steak will do, but I really enjoy sous vide sirloin steak because it's flavorful, pretty tender, and not nearly as expensive as the higher ends cuts.
The sweetness of sous vide sweet potatoes is perfectly offset by the spices and poblano pepper in this recipe, resulting in a complex mix of flavors that is a great addition to many meals. You can serve this alongside almost any protein, but chicken and turkey are my go-to options with it. I also will take this when we do potluck dinners with friends since it travels well.
Pollock is an inexpensive, mild fish very similar to cod or haddock, both of which can be used in this recipe. To bump up the flavors, I like to replace the usual dry brine I use on fish with a wet brine utilizing soy sauce, fish sauce, and miso paste. It adds a bunch of flavor while firming up the fish for cooking. If you can't seal liquids, you can let the fish sit in the brine to cure and then pour out the brine before sealing.
Short ribs are a rich, fatty cut that is full of amazing flavor when cooked sous vide. However, it can really overwhelm a dish if the sides are also heavy. I often serve short ribs with this simple corn, bean and kale salad. It cuts the richness of the short ribs while adding bright flavors to the meal.
Sausages are one of my favorite things to sous vide because they end up so much juicier than when I cook them traditionally. I like to finish them off with a quick sear on the grill, and while I'm there I'll often grill up some vegetables. For this recipe, I use mixed bell peppers that I put a hard sear on. I combine the sausage and the peppers with a simple cucumber salad for a flavorful, tasty meal!
With a relatively bold flavor, sous vided halibut pairs well with many things but for this summer salad I combine it with sweet cantaloupe, zesty feta, and sour lemon for a simple but tasty dish. The addition of wheat berries rounds it all out with a nutty and sweet flavor. This dish also works well with other white fish, or even chicken and turkey.
Lightly seared tuna is one of those lunch meals that tastes great and fills me up without leaving me feeling heavy afterwards. Sometimes I have trouble making sure the middle is warm without overcooking the outside. Cooking it with sous vide at a lower temperature ensures it is heated throughout without over cooking it at all. Finishing it off with a really quick sear adds some color and texture while leaving the rest of the tuna perfectly done.
Top round is a very lean but tough piece of meat that really shines with sous vide. After 1 to 2 days it turns very tender. As a definitely milder cut of meat, it can sometimes be on the dry side, so I like to pair it with a flavorful salad for a light summer meal. The peppery watercress combines with the earthy kale for a nuanced base salad that is brightened up with the lemon vinaigrette. Pomegranate seeds and berries add bursts of sweetness without overwhelming the taste of the steak.
Chicken salad is a classic summer dish, but sometimes it can be a little dry and bland, and no amount of mayonnaise can save it. Using sous vide to cook the chicken is a great first step, resulting in always moist and tender meat. To bump up the flavor, I turn to fruit chutney and curry powder. Then I round it out and add a ton of texture with diced celery, carrots, grapes, apples and pecans. It's a dynamic, flavorful dish that everyone loves.
I think chicken salad is a great summer and spring meal but more and more I crave something refreshing during the winter months too. It comes together really quickly, especially when using sous vide chicken breasts. I love using varied garnishes to add texture and bursts of flavor. In this recipe I call for the typical celery and carrots, but I also add toasted cashews and green grapes to add even more flavor. Some basil rounds it all out. When served on a bed of greens it's an amazingly flavorful meal.
Lately I've been playing around a lot more with sous viding boar. It's very similar to regular pork, but it has a slightly funkier, gamey taste that I like, especially when paired with a heavier side like this sweet potato and corn salad. I like to top it off with some microgreens, but any type of sprouts or greens will work to add some crispness and texture to the dish.
There are many types of beef sausage, and while I do love pork and Italian sausage, sometimes I want a change. Beef sausage has a different texture and flavor that I really love, especially when paired with something lighter like this roasted cauliflower salad. I think sous vide beef sausage is the perfect summer meal, particularly when finished on the grill.
I seasoned the sous vide pork loin with salt, sealed it, and cooked it at 140°F (60°C) for about 3 hours. It usually takes 2 to 4 hours but you can use my Sous Vide Timing Ruler for an exact time, or my beef, lamb and pork pasteurization chart. I finished off with a light sear to add a little color and then cut it into 1" (2.5cm) slices. I picked an olive medley and a freekeh salad to complement this simple sous vide pork loin.
I really enjoy turkey for a light dinner and it goes well with this avocado and arugula salad from Beginning Sous Vide. Here I add some spice to the turkey in the form of chipotle powder. It's a great way to kick up the heat and flavor without overpowering the turkey.
Sous vide shrimp is always plump and juicy. Combine the shrimp with a sweet, spicy, and bold salad of sweet mango and corn mingled with jalapenos for bright bursts of flavor. A party favorite recipe. It would also be great with either chicken breasts or a white fish like cod, swordfish, or grouper.
Duck and cherries are a classic pairing while the vinaigrette dressing helps cut the fattiness from the duck and adds sweetness from the cherries. I often serve this with a fresh baguette and a ricotta cheese spread to round out the full meal.
Grilled sous vide chicken salad with a honey mustard dressing provides a light tasty meal any day of the week. This recipe completes the salad with radishes, sweet bell peppers, fresh blueberries and crunchy sunflower seeds. I also like this salad with fresh snap peas or green beans. For a more savory salad you can blend in a few roasted garlic cloves into the dressing.
Lobster cooked sous vide is tender and succulent, and this recipe showcases it with a simple tomato and corn salad. I prefer my lobster cooked at 131°F (55°C), but 140°F (60°C) will give you a more traditional texture. For a much softer texture you can drop the temperature lower.
To remove the lobster from the shell, you can either cut the shell off with kitchen shears, or boil the lobster for 1 to 2 minutes and chill it in an ice bath.
The 13 minute egg is one of the most popular ways to cook eggs because it's easy, fast, and the results are really great. This recipe gives it a brightness by serving it on top of a wilted spinach salad.
Butternut squash is a fun winter squash that is often made into a soup or puree. For variety I like to combine the sous vided squash with walnuts, goat cheese, sage and a drizzle of maple syrup for a chunky savory and sweet salad.
While the most common and well-known use of a whipping siphon is to create foams you can also use it to infuse liquids and to carbonate liquids. In this modernist recipe, I carbonate the water in watermelon to make a fizzy salad. It's a unique way to present an easy summer dish.
I love eating shrimp prepared just about any way imaginable. I love them poached and grilled and in ceviche and everything in between. When I was at the fish market they had some great looking shrimp so I decided to grab some with no plan in mind. Once I got home I checked to see what we had on hand and I came up with this sous vide recipe for shrimp salad.
Right now we are getting lots of spring veggies popping up in our garden and in markets around us. I wanted to do a simple salad to highlight the flavors of our veggies. I also added some sous vide chicken to help make it more filling.
One of the hard parts about summer cooking is keeping the food light. While I love pulled pork, big steaks, and juicy hamburgers I can only take so much heavy food. This sous vide beef salad with figs recipe is a nice alternative to some of the heavier meals while still giving me my beef fix.
This simple summer recipe is inspired by the Lazy Flamingo, a great bar in Bokeelia, Florida we always go to when we visit family down there. They have local, fresh grouper on the menu and you can get it grilled, blackened, or fried and served on salad, a sandwich, or just plain. My wife always gets it blackened on their Caesar salad. Here's a version of it for a sous vide recipe you can make at home.
This sous vide recipe for steak salad is a different use of the sous vide technique. Instead of using sous vide to cook the meat for a long period of time, you use it to add perfectly medium rare steak to your salad. The thyme and garlic help add a little kick to the steak while the honey mustard dressing adds a strong flavor to the salad itself.
This is a unique mustard-vinegar potato salad which has a tartness not found in the typical mayonnaise based potato salads. The vinegar also helps this dish to complement fattier main courses like ribeye or duck breast. The sous vide potatoes turn out nice and tender and always perfectly cooked.
Sous vide salmon is a classic recipe and here we complement it with a cucumber and dill salad. The balsamic vinegar will give it some extra sweetness and tartness while still allowing the salmon to shine through
Mahi Mahi is a full flavored fish that can stand up to bolder ingredients. Here we pair it with some summer vegetables and a lime vinaigrette with some moderate heat. For a spicier dish you can add sliced serrano or jalapeno peppers to the dressing.
Sweet potatoes are a favorite food around my house and I'm always looking at ways to incorporate them into more dishes. To make them more convenient I often sous vide sweet potatoes. Here I take sous vide sweet potatoes cubes and combine them in a salad with beans and corn. The chipotle adds a nice burn to the usually super sweet potatoes and helps turn this into a savory salad.
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