AskDefine | Define simmer

Dictionary Definition

simmer n : temperature just below the boiling point; "the stew remained at a simmer for hours" v : boil slowly at low temperature; "simmer the sauce"; "simmering water"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the state or process of simmering.
    The kettle was kept on the simmer.



  1. to boil slowly at or below the boiling point
    Simmer the soup for five minutes, then serve.
  2. to boil slowly at or below the boiling point
    Simmering water is hot.



Extensive Definition

Simmering is a cooking technique in which foods are cooked in hot liquids kept at or just barely below the boiling point of water (at average sea level air pressure), 100°C (212°F). To keep a pot simmering, one brings it to a boil and then adjusts the heat downward until just before the formation of steam bubbles stops completely. Water normally begins to simmer at about 94°C (200°F).
Professional chefs debate the appropriate temperature and appearance of simmering liquids constantly, with some saying that a simmer is as low as 82°C (180°F).
Simmering ensures gentler treatment than boiling to prevent food from toughening and/or breaking up. Simmering is usually a rapid and efficient method of cooking.
Food that is simmered in milk or cream instead of water is referred to as creamed.
In Japanese cuisine, simmering is considered one of the four essential cooking techniques (along with grilling, steaming, and deep frying).
In Argentina, simmering is considered the essential method to heat the water to experience "mate" in the perfect quality to taste the flavor of this worldwide known Argentinian tradition.
simmer in German: Simmertopf
simmer in Japanese: 煮る
simmer in Finnish: Hauduttaminen
simmer in Swedish: Sjuda

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