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The Best Way to Cook Frozen Dumplings

When my wife Adri was still my girlfriend Adri, she and I spent a number of years living in separate cities. Every other weekend I'd pack up the old Saab to take the trip down from Boston to New York for the weekend. My one task every time I visited? <b>Deliver frozen dumplings.</b><p>It's not that you …

Food & Dining

Next for Your Instant Pot: Wild Alaska Salmon With Peanut Sauce

The Instant Pot is most definitely having a moment. We’re almost willing to bet you already have one. And, if you do, we might also bet you’re wondering what on earth you should make in it.<p>If you’ve already gone through our many pressure cooker recipes, let us introduce you to another of the …

The Food Lab's Foolproof Homemade Mayonnaise

If you've been reading the site for a few years, or have my book, you've no doubt read about this technique. You may have even seen this suuuuuuper-old video I made. There is nothing here that has not been done before by other people. But it explains one of the most</i> …

29 Pressure Cooker Recipes for Quicker, Easier Dinners

Life is a little crazy right now, and I don't have quite as much time to spend in the kitchen as I might like. Fortunately, I have a secret weapon that I can turn to when I want to make awesome food with minimal effort: a pressure cooker. There's a reason that these things have become an object of …

Cooking

Zen and the Art of the Maryland Crab Feast

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>Some people want food that’s easy and immediate. Their breakfasts are bowls of cereal, their snacks energy bars, and their dinners tender, boneless steak. There's nothing wrong with being one of those people; we're all this kind of person at least some of the …

Comfort Food

Sweet-and-Sticky Short Ribs

Nothing shows off the Instant Pot's capabilities quite like this recipe. Create fall-off-the-bone tender short ribs in just 30 minutes. Coated in a …

Lobster Roll Deviled Eggs

Eggs steam perfectly in the Instant Pot, making this once labor-intensive appetizer a breeze. Classy enough for a dinner party while casual enough …

The Science of the Best Fresh Pasta

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>Guess what? If you have flour in your kitchen, you can make pasta. Right now. Got eggs, too? You have everything you need to whip up a batch of silky-smooth fettuccine. Have some cheese or vegetables lying around? You could …

Italian Food

You’d Never Know These BBQ Ribs Were Cooked in the Instant Pot

They’re worth getting messy for.<p>When you think of weeknight dinners, you probably don’t immediately think of ribs. But that’s all about to change, thanks to food director Carla Lalli Music’s new Instant Pot ribs recipe. Not only do they come together in a flash, but they’re glazed with a sticky, …

Cooking

Turn Your Pasta Into Ramen With Baking Soda

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Pop quiz: You're dying for some ramen but aren't anywhere near a place that serves it—and no, the 99-cent instant stuff isn't going to cut it. You live in a neighborhood overflowing with all the ingredients you'd need for, say, Mexican food, but …

How To Grow A Kombucha SCOBY

How To Grow A Kombucha SCOBY<p>Kombucha, the effervescent and tangy health drink made from fermenting sweetened tea, is my family’s favorite beverage. …

How to Make Sauerkraut and Become God of Your Own Microbial Universe

Unlike many of my colleagues, I don't have a single pet. I have <i>billions</i> of them. I'm not joking. I provide for them by feeding them and giving them a comfortable home where they can thrive. As with most pets, I have to put up with their incessant and uninhibited eruptions of gas, but it's more than …

Instant Pot Rice & Beans (Only 5 Ingredients!)

<i>These Instant Pot Rice & Beans require only 5 simple ingredients to make! Perfect for Meal Prep or an Easy Weeknight Dinner. Vegan, Gluten Free, Oil</i> …

"Why Do I Need an Instant-Read Thermometer?" Let Me Count the Reasons.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, and I'll keep on saying it until I die an ignominious death due to high cholesterol and compulsive ramen consumption: Every kitchen needs an instant-read thermometer. I've said it so many times to anyone who will listen that even my friends accuse me of …

The Instant Pot Max Is the Next Generation of the Cult Favorite Product

It’s coming this spring.<p>It seems like just yesterday that Instant Pot hit the scene and became the viral, seven-in-one pressure-cooking sensation it is now. But, as CEO Robert Wang told us at the end of last year, updates will be launching soon that include features you never saw coming. Behold the …

Pressure Cooker Red Sauce: All-Day Flavor on a Weeknight Schedule

We generally associate the Maillard reaction with extra-high temperatures: smoking-hot pans or grills to brown our steaks, or hot ovens to give us dark bread crusts. But the reaction can actually take place at much lower temperatures; it just happens to occur at a slightly slower pace.<p>I take …

The Pressure Cooker Makes Rich, Hearty Ragù Bolognese in Record Time

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>There's something in the air, and I'm not sure what it is. Actually, I know precisely what it is. It's tiny particles of beef and pork. It's aromatic compounds leaping from the pot into the atmosphere and wafting around my house. It's terpenes and …

25 Cocktails Everyone Should Know

We who like to mix drinks at home do it for many reasons: First, it's cheaper than drinking out. Second, it's fun to mix your own drinks at home. Third, it's even more fun to mix drinks for other people at home. Any self-respecting home bartender should have a mental<p>RolodexExcel spreadsheet of …

Game

• Share<br>• Pin<br>• Email<p>Make this 4-ingredient <b>Game-Changing Instant Pot BBQ Whole Chicken Recipe (Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken)</b> in 3 Easy Steps! Tender & juicy …

The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Buying, Prepping, Cooking, and Carving Your Holiday Turkey

Back when I used to work in the wild and crazy world of magazines, we ran into the same conundrum year after year: <b>What can we say about turkey this time around?</b> It's a problem that only arises when your articles are temporally fixed with a shelf life of a month before the next issue comes out. It …

The Serious Eats Guide to Carving Turkey

So you've followed one of our turkey recipes and have the golden beast in front of you. Now what? For many folks, the hardest part of cooking a turkey is carving and serving it. Depending on how you roasted the bird, the carving instructions will be a little different.<p>Here's how to carve a …

The Food Lab: A Mind-Blowing Technique for Cleaning Deep-Fry Oil Using Gelatin

I get emails from readers packed with fun stories, family recipes, and interesting tips, techniques, and questions all the time, but it's rare that I get one with a technique that completely blows my mind. This is one of those occasions.<p>Here's the short of it: You can use gelatin to filter cruddy …

Use the Pressure Cooker to Make Full-Flavored Pho Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup) In 30 Minutes

<i>Pho bo</i>—Vietnamese beef noodle soup—may be more popular in the states, but its cousin <i>pho ga</i>, made with chicken, is easier to make, and in my book, just as tasty. My wife and I ate bowls and bowls of the stuff on our honeymoon in Vietnam. Its rich, fat-slicked broth and clean flavors punctuated with …

The Pizza Lab: Foolproof Pan Pizza

GalleryThe Pizza Lab: Foolproof Pan Pizza<p>I've got a confession to make: <b>I love pan pizza.</b><p>I'm not talking deep-dish Chicago-style, with its crisp crust and rivers of cheese and sauce. I'm talking thick-crusted, fried-on-the-bottom, puffy, cheesy, focaccia-esque pan pizza of the kind that you might …

The Serious Eats Guide to Beans

Sure, beans may be the stuff of crass rhymes and penny-pinching diets, but they're also one of our oldest, most reliable, and most diverse forms of sustenance. In part, that's because there are more than 18,000 species of legume plants, growing on every continent save Antarctica, a vast number of …

The Essential Tools for Homemade Pizza

I know how you all feel about uni-taskers—products that are designed for one specific use and aren't great at much else—but pizza is one of those dishes that simply beg for specialty tools. Some of these just make the job easier (say, a pizza wheel or a food processor). But it's simply impossible …

The Best Cheese for Pizza Is Cheaper Than You Think

By Alex Delany<p>How to avoid a sad, soggy situation when you're making pizza at home—and save a few bucks at the same time.<p>"I don't like big stupid puddles on my pizza," shouted test kitchen manager <b>Brad Leone</b>, bringing up an excellent point. Soggy pizza is the worst, especially when you're taking the …

How to Grill the Juiciest Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in 2012. It has been updated with new information based on further testing.</i><p>More<p>Grilling<p>All the tips and recipes you need for the perfect barbecue.<p>I'm in my fourth year of writing the grilling column here on Serious …

Tips and Tricks for the Best Scrambled Eggs, Your Way

More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>My girlfriend, Kate, and I have an ongoing disagreement about scrambled eggs. She's in the crack-'em-into-a-hot-pan-and-stir-until-well-done camp, which produces firm eggs that have visible striations of white and yolk. …

How to Season a Cast Iron Pan (It's Easier Than You Think!)

Online forums for the cooking-obsessed are a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they can be amazing resources, full of detailed information on all sorts of topics. But they can also expose just how little agreement there often is among experts when you get down to the nitty-gritty details. I've spent …

Cast Iron Skillet