Enjoy the best of both worlds with a cooking method that’s ideally suited for health-conscious diets and discerning foodies. Steaming brings out the pure, natural flavor of seafood—and does it with zero added fat. Here are some of our favorite—and expert-approved—tips to help you steam seafood like a pro.

Pro Tips

Here’s our favorite tips to help you steam like a pro:

  1. Fill a pan with 2” of water and bring to a boil.
  2. For extra flavor, add white wine, herbs, bay leaves or lemon slices to the liquid.
  3. Place your seafood in a basket or bamboo steamer and put over the water, making sure your food doesn’t touch the liquid.
  4. Cover your pot tightly and do not open.
  5. Budget 10 minutes of cooking time per 1 inch of thickness.


Here’s what you need:

  • Steaming basket or bamboo steamer
  • Large pot with a tight-fitting lid
  • Tongs

Best seafood for steaming

Cuts: Fillets and steaks, whole fish, rolled fillets

Fish: Flounder, Sand Dab, Snapper, Sole, Tilefish, Whitefish, Whiting

Other Seafood: Crab, Lobster, Mussels, Shrimp