How to Sweat Vegetables
Sweating vegetables is a great way to bring out their flavors while preserving the texture and light flavor. This technique is often used in soups, stews, and side dishes to give the dish an extra boost. Here is a step by step guide on how to sweat vegetables.
- Fresh vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery, garlic, etc.
- Olive oil or butter
- Salt and pepper
- Herbs or spices (optional)
- Begin by preparing your vegetables. Chop them into small pieces, about the size of a pea, and place them in a medium-sized pan or pot.
- Heat the pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes before adding a tablespoon of butter or olive oil. The oil or butter will help to prevent the vegetables from sticking.
- Once the oil/butter is hot, add the vegetables and season with salt and pepper and any herbs or spices you’d like. Stir everything together and let the vegetables cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the vegetables are starting to soften, reduce the heat to low and let the vegetables sweat for another 5-10 minutes. This is the key step to bring out the flavor of the vegetables, but don’t let them cook too long or they will become mushy.
- Once the vegetables have finished sweating, use them in your recipe or transfer to an airtight container if you are prepping for later.
Now you know how to sweat vegetables like a pro! This technique can be used for almost any kind of vegetable and will give your dish an extra boost of flavor. Enjoy!