The technique of steaming food is centuries-old dating as far back as the Han Dynasty. When it comes to cooking vegetables, steam heat does the least damage to the vegetable’s key nutrients whereas boiling and roasting depletes the nutrients of the vegetable. If you’d like a method for steam cooking, here are our 10 favorite stovetop steamer pots and baskets.
Above: The BergHOFF Ceramic Steamer Bowl with Lid is made of stoneware with a gloss finish; $90 for covered bowl with steamer insert at Food 52. Above: The Joyce Chen 6-Inch Bamboo Steamer is a classic stacked bamboo steamer set that sits on top of a standard 6-inch pot; $24.99 at Crate & Barrel. Above: From Webstaurant Store, the Town 5.5″ Stainless Steel Dim Sum Steamer is the classic restaurant style steamer basket that can be combined with others, a lid, and used with steamer paper; $11.49 each. Above: The Kinto Kakomi Ih Donabe Large in black is a modern-style clay donabe pot with an integrated steamer basket; $210 at Wallpaper Store. Above: The 10,000 Abilities Always Pan is a limited edition Lunar New Year 6-piece nesting wooden steamer and pan for $175 at Our Place. Above: The Williams-Sonoma Signature Thermo Clad Steam & Braise Oven is designed with a steamer insert for whole fish, tamales, dumplings, or vegetables; $299.95 at Williams-Sonoma. Above: The JIA Steamer Pot and Basket Set is designed with a terracotta-bottom bamboo basket for absorbing excess moisture and fireproof ceramic; $139 at Horne. Above: From Toiro in LA, the Mushi Nabe Donabe Steamer is designed with a steamer basket for cooking full one-pot meals including steamed fish, vegetables, and dumplings; $220 for the Large size at Toiro. Above: The VonShef Premium 2-Tier Bamboo Steamer with stainless steel banding is $22.95 at Amazon. Above: When I house sat for a friend in Paris, I noticed a new brand of pot that I hadn’t seen before on her kitchen range. It’s L’Authentique Vitaliseur de Marion and the Grand Chef model is designed to perfectly steam vegetables with a dome lid that allows for condensation to slide along the walls and not onto the food. The vitaliseur is €218 at L’Authentique Vitaliseur de Marion.
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