Using a Bamboo Food Steamer

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Using a bamboo food steamer is a really great way to cook all of your favorite vegetables. Use a bamboo food steamer with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nick from Pure Kitchen Catering, and today we are using a bamboo steamer to cook some beautiful fresh white fish. We're using an aromatic sort of Asian vegetables and flavor profiles. So let's get started. We are going to start by sauteing some ginger and garlic in sesame oil, put a tablespoon and a half of sesame oil, about the same amount of fresh chopped garlic, ginger. We'll let that go kind of nice and slow. We're looking to sweat it so that it doesn't caramelize and turn brown. It changes the flavor. From this point we're going to add pretty much all of our aromatics, a little bit of fresh citrus, lemon and lime, some cilantro stems, some fresh mint as well as some rice wine vinegar and fish sauce. And then add just a little bit of water so that we have enough to steam. While this comes up we're going to set up our steamer on our pot and this is a standard steamer you find at many stores, mainstream or Asian stores, grocery stores. Today I'm using Romaine lettuce. Often times people use Napa cabbage leaves because they are kind of wider but basically you just need something to prevent your fish form sticking to the bamboo. So we've got a beautiful piece of sturgeon, season it up a little salt, pepper, both sides. So about four or five minutes on a gentle simmer in the steamer and I see our fish is already cooking here. I'm going to kind of poke at it to feel. It's got a little bit, a little bit more time, maybe another one minute and then depending on how you like your seafood, some people like to cook theirs medium rare, some like to cook it all the way through. We're doing Sturgeon today so I'm going to cook it a little bit more through. So just a minute and we'll be ready to serve. You can serve steamed fish on top of noodles or in a salad or just you know a healthy alternative to sauteed or fried fish. Alright I think we're close so you can see the nice cooked white fish, very simply prepared in the bamboo steamer and you should smell the aroma coming out of here between the garlic and the vinegar and the ginger, considerably more flavor in the fish as opposed to a standard water steam.

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