Sous Vide Crispy Carnitas
Sous vide crispy carnitas are scrumptious, super juicy, caramelized, crispy, easy Mexican-style pulled pork made in a water bath overnight! Garnish with green onions, if desired.
What Is Sous Vide?
Sous vide — French for "under vacuum" — is an innovative cooking technique that yields impressive results.
Sous Vide Lemon-Butter Shrimp
These tender and juicy shrimp are infused with the wonderful flavors of thyme, lemon, and Creole seasoning. They are so easy to make, they practically cook themselves! You never have to eat chewy, rubbery shrimp again when using the sous vide method.
Sous Vide Chicken Breast with Lemon and Herbs
If you've never had sous vide chicken before, you're about to be amazed by how tender and juicy it is! Feel free to play around with different aromatics. Traditionally you need to cook chicken to 165 F or until no longer pink, however with sous vide cooking, you can achieve the same safety with extended cooking at lower temperatures. I have experimented and 148 F is my personal preference for texture.
Sous Vide Duck Breast
How about a simple, almost foolproof, stovetop sous vide method that requires no special equipment? Too good to be true? Well, I'm happy to report it's so very true, and produced what my wife and I agreed was the best duck breast we've ever had.
Sous Vide "Poached" Eggs
Poached eggs are normally cooked directly in simmering water, but that can be tricky and lead to rubbery, messy eggs. I have tried different variations of times and temps, and this is the method I find produces a perfectly set white with a runny yolk. Use a kitchen timer for precise results, not the timer on your immersion cooker. Fresh eggs have tighter whites and produce the best results.
Sous Vide Corned Beef
Sure, there are dozens of ways to cook a corned beef, but cooking it sous vide low and slow ensures it'll come out juicy and tender, even if you use a flat cut. Twenty-four hours will give you a firmer, sliceable texture, if that's what you prefer, but I've found 48 hours to provide the ultimate in tenderness and juiciness. The fat cap will also render down nicely.
Sous Vide "Cold Brew" Coffee
This method mimics the traditional time-consuming method of making cold-brew coffee in the fridge, but in 2 hours instead of 24! The warm water temperature is kept low enough to speed up the cold-brew process, but not hot enough to release the bitter, acidic flavors you get from hot-brewed drip coffee. The result is a super smooth brew that you'll want to make again and again. Use your favorite fresh-ground coffee for best results.
Sous Vide Cajun Boneless Chicken Breast with Creamy Pan Sauce
Flavorful Cajun seasoning, cream, and Parmesan cheese are the stars in this dish, as is the incredibly juicy chicken that results from cooking sous vide. Traditionally you need to cook chicken to 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) or until no longer pink, however with sous vide cooking, you can achieve the same safety with extended cooking time at lower temperatures. Using an ice bath will lower the chicken temperature slightly, so that it does not overcook during the searing step. If you prefer a lot of sauce, double the sauce ingredients.
Sous Vide Burgers
The great thing about cooking burgers sous vide is that you don't have to worry about overcooking or undercooking. You get moist, juicy, flavorful burgers every time. To get that nice grilled exterior, you can just sear them on the grill at the very end. Serve with sous vide onions confit. Recipe courtesy of Vicky McDonald.
Sous Vide Mashed Potatoes
This recipe for basic mashed potatoes uses your sous vide immersion cooker. While it does take longer than traditional boiled potatoes, the potato flavor is much more concentrated because you aren't boiling away the flavor in water. The added flavor is well worth the time, plus you free up space on the stove for other things!
Sous Vide Carrots
These lightly sweetened and buttery carrots are cooked to perfection using a sous vide immersion cooker. While it does take longer than other methods, the carrot flavor is much more pronounced because you're cooking the carrots in their own juices. They are finished under the broiler for extra caramelized sweetness. I like to use small carrots, sold in bunches with green tops attached; trim down the greens, and lightly scrub the carrots for a rustic look.