Steaming is a method of cooking using steam. Steaming is considered a healthy cooking technique and capable of cooking almost all kinds of food. Also, steaming cooks relatively quickly.
Steaming works by boiling water continuously. The food is kept separate from the boiling water but has direct contact with the steam, resulting in a moist texture to the food. Such cooking is most often done by placing the food into a steamer, which is typically a circular container made of metal or bamboo.
Overcooking or burning food is easily avoided when steaming it. Individuals looking to reduce their fat intake may prefer steaming to other methods which require cooking oil. Steaming results in a more nutritious food than boiling because fewer nutrients are leached away into the water, which is usually discarded. Also, the flavour is not so likely to be lost as when food is boiled.