Here's How You Can Cook with No Oil
This cooking technique doesn't require oil.
Do you want to cook with less or even no oil at all? You can! There are two cooking techniques that will definitely not require you to cook with no oil. You can boil food or you can poach it.
You probably already know how to boil food but the problem with boiling food is that it's an aggressive cooking method that can result in tough meat and easily overcooked vegetables. Simmering, meanwhile, is usually preceded by sauteing or frying food and this uses oil. While it uses less oil than frying, you're still using oil.
The other cooking method apart from boiling that uses no oil at all is poaching.
Poaching is a method of cooking where barely simmering liquid, usually a flavorful water, is used to cook the food. This method is the same cooking technique for poaching eggs for an eggs Benedict dish.
Poaching is easier than you can think. It can be as complicated as cooking balls of meat or fish in a court bouillon or as simple as a single poached egg. Whatever food you want to cook, here's how to poach it:
1 Boil the water.
Start by boiling water in a pot. You should have enough water to allow whatever it is you're cooking to be submerged in it if possible. The more room your food has to move around in the water while cooking with room to spare, the better.
2 Lower the heat a lot.
Once your water has come to a boil, you'll want to reduce the heat until it's barely simmering. "Barely simmering" means bubbles shouldn't even appear on the surface of the water. Wisps of steam can drift from the surface, but no bubbles. You'll have to gauge this as needed to get it just right.
3 Make the water flavorful.
One of the main differences between boiling and poaching is the water. When you're boiling food, you are usually not concerned with the flavor of the water. When you poach, you can add flavor to your dish by making the water flavorful. The court bouillon is a classic flavorful poaching liquid which you can use. You can also just dissolve a bouillon cube in the water for a quick version.
4 Poach it!
Once you have a flavorful broth that's barely simmering, you can add your food. You can cook anything from fillets of fish and meatballs to whole fish and even pureed beef and chicken balls. However, unlike simmering and boiling, poaching food will cook for much longer since the water is at a lower temperature. The resulting dish though will be more tender, more flavorful than food that you boiled so be patient and wait for the food to be cooked through.
That's it! This gentle cooking method is easy and if you think about it, carefree. It's so gentle that you can overcook food in it and it won't suffer from drying out. You can even do this same method using barely hot oil, too. Just follow the same procedure as you would if you were using water and you can gently cook delicious food in an equally delicious oil like these recipes: