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9 Recipes to Cook in Your Steam Oven This Year

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This post, my take on nine great recipes to cook in your steam oven this year, applies no matter whether you’ve just started with steam oven cooking or you’ve had your appliance for ages.

The recipes which follow are a mix of dishes which show off the best of what combi steam can do for your food, along with those which demonstrate just how simple it is to create a quick meal using steam.

A collection of favorites and greatest hits from the blog, I hope you’ll find something new to you that you just can’t wait to try out.

Are you a brand new steam oven cook?

Knowing just what to cook in a combi steam oven is something lots of new users struggle with. The settings available when you turn the oven on are unfamiliar; it can be hard to know just what to do with those mysterious steam or humidity functions which didn’t appear on your old oven. Rest assured if that’s where you’re at, it doesn’t take long to gain confidence once you start cooking and learn about the capabilities of your appliance.

Or maybe you’ve had your steam oven for years?

If you’ve been using a steam oven for a long time, you’ll know that even experienced steam oven cooks get into a bit of a rut after a while. This post is for you too. Think of it as a list of dishes to get you inspired and excited again if you’re just making the same few recipes over and over, or if you’ve given up on your oven thinking it’s all too hard.

Here we go.

Steamed oatmeal (aka your new best breakfast)

Two speckled bowls with oatmeal garnished with nuts, berries and chocolate

If you’re an oatmeal hater skip ahead, but if you have your priorities straight this is where I want you to start with adopting your steam oven into your daily cooking routines.

Steam oven oatmeal takes a little longer than microwave or stovetop oatmeal, but it’s virtually hands off, and the texture is so. much. better. Just put the oats and liquid into a bowl, set the oven and go about the next 15 minutes getting ready for your day, knowing you’re about to come back to a nutritious and comforting breakfast that you can dress up however you like to make mornings interesting.

Get the recipe for Steam Oven Oatmeal. Or, if it’s more your thing, do a batch of Steel Cut Oatmeal instead, it’ll be enough to last all week and reheats beautifully.

I’m giving you a bonus dish here, too: if you love stewed fruit, follow this guide and add the fruit to the oven while your oatmeal cooks. In roughly the same time as the cereal takes, you’ll have a topping ready to go as well. Do enough fruit for the week and you won’t even have to chop it each morning, you can just reheat while the oatmeal cooks.

Get the guide on How to Stew Fruit in a Steam Oven.

Soft and fluffy steam oven bread rolls

A bowl of soft potato rolls

The ability to bake amazing bread is one of the big selling pitches when it comes to combi steam cooking, and it’s absolutely justified. Steam added to a baking cycle results in a tender crumb, great rise and an even, golden crust for many types of bread.

If you’ve been around these parts for a while, chances are you’ve tried baking my soft potato rolls already. Easy to mix, easy to proof and bake in the steam oven, and with great keeping qualities, this bread is a big reader favourite, and deserving of a place on today’s list.

My combi steam cooking group on Facebook is full of evidence that this recipe has been known to transform even the most nervous bread bakers into yeast dough converts. If you’re new to bread baking it’s the perfect starter recipe, and if you’re an old hand you’ll be thrilled at the results of such a simple recipe.

Get the recipe for Easy Potato Rolls.

Perfectly cooked combi steam fish with crispy crumbs

Coarsely crumbed fish fillets, a lemon wedge, sweet potato chips and a ramekin with white sauce on a speckled baking tray.

A steam oven is obviously handy when it comes to steaming fish at low temperatures, but if you haven’t tried the high heat, fast approach using your oven’s combi steam settings you’re missing out.

Combining high temperature roasting with steam means you can make this crowd pleasing almond crumbed fish in around eight minutes, or around 20 if you want to include the sweet potato chips in the recipe and turn it into a complete meal.

Not only is this dish fast to prepare and cook, it also gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to texture: perfectly cooked, moist, steamy fish underneath, with the crispiest golden crumbs on top. It’s hands down my favorite way to cook a fish fillet.

Get the recipe for Almond Crumbed Fish with Sweet Potato Chips.

The fastest roast chicken you’ve ever cooked

a flattened roast chicken with lemon and herbs

If roast chicken in half an hour is appealing but you’ve never tried this recipe for steam oven roasted chicken, I encourage you to change that this week.

Butterflying the bird and using combi steam to achieve a hot and fast but very moist cooking environment is a game change for weeknight meals; so much so that I hope you never have need to buy a supermarket roasted chicken again.

This recipe is infinitely adaptable. Because chicken takes well to so many different flavors, once you’ve mastered the basic method you’ll be able to use it for all sorts of delicious dinners.

Get the recipe for Steam Oven Roast Chicken.        

All-in-one combi steam chicken and buttery rice

steam oven baked rice and chicken

This pilaf style rice is cooked with herb and spice-rubbed chicken thighs in one glorious dish which goes from oven to table and plate to belly in record time.

Steam oven baked chicken and rice is my eldest son’s favorite dinner and I can see why: the chicken is tender and savory, with its juices soaking into the rice below for maximum flavor, and the rice is fluffy and perfectly cooked, with a richness from sweet onions and a surprisingly small amount of butter. Served with a crisp green salad, it’s a family meal to please almost everyone.

Get the recipe for Steam Oven Baked Chicken and Rice.

A vegetarian sheet pan dinner that’s ready in 20 minutes

haloumi and vegetable sheet pan dinner

Steam ovens are great for moist, tender meat cooking, but what if meat’s not your thing, or you’re trying to reduce your intake? I’ve got you covered with my best go-to for a fast and fabulous dinner that’s heavy on veg and requires nothing more from you than some basic chopping skills.

This haloumi bake is my combi steam nod to all the good things about a Mediterranean diet: colorful and tasty vegetables, olive oil, herbs and (my favorite part) salty delicious haloumi cheese. Everything goes onto one tray and into the oven at the same time, arriving on the table shortly afterwards with little fuss but all the flavor. The addition of steam makes the vegetables cook faster, while the haloumi gets that grilled toasty brown effect without drying out as it would in a regular oven.

Get the recipe for Mediterranean Haloumi and Vegetable Bake.

Silky, sticky steam oven braised beef ribs

A saucepan with fluffy rice and sticky Asian beef ribs garnished with fresh chilli slices and cilantro

I talk a lot here about steam ovens being great for fast cooking. And they are, but what about slow cooking?

These Asian style braised beef ribs are one of the best slow cooked dishes I know. A handful of ingredients and a long, slow cook means melting meat and deep flavor. They don’t have to be done in a steam oven but it’s how I always cook them, because instead of taking six or seven hours to cook into soft, shredding submission, they take about three. How’s that for fast slow cooking?!

Get the recipe for Sticky Asian Braised Beef.

Steam oven brownies, done and dusted in 12 minutes

12 minute steam oven brownies

I’m not even sure I need to add anything about these brownies apart from that headline. I hope it’s enough to send you off to the kitchen right now. Because I can’t help myself though, how’s this: brown butter. And salted peanut butter frosting.

In truth, preparing the batter and doing the frosting is going to take you over the 12 minute window, but these fudgy, dark and delectable brownies are still VERY fast. They also do well without the frosting, so you can skip that if time is critical and just dust with a little cocoa or powdered sugar.

Get the recipe for 12 Minute Steam Oven Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting.  

A steam oven French apple tart with the flakiest pastry

a puff pastry shell with golden apple pieces on a white plate on a speckled bench top

For a classic restaurant dessert done perfectly at home, this is what I turn to.

Tarte tatin, with its caramel apples and sky high flaky puff pastry, might feel daunting to make, but if you follow the recipe it’s quite straightforward. Cooking the tart in your steam oven is a little faster than normal, but more than that, it gives lift and layers to your puff pastry in a way no other oven can.

Use the best pastry you can find (or go all out and make your own), and your apple tart will become the dessert people ask for when you invite them for dinner.

Get the recipe for Combi Steam Tarte Tatin.

There you have it! Nine brilliant recipes to cover a huge range of preferences when it comes to cooking in a steam oven. If you cook one of these, I’d love you to leave a comment and tell me how it went, or share with others in the Facebook group so they can discover a new recipe as well!

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.

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