15 Basic Cooking Techniques Everyone Should Master Read

Olive Oil Fried Egg

Go beyond the basic one-two punch of thaw and nuke, and get busy mastering the basic cooking techniques you should know to work the kitchen like a chef.

Perfect French Omelette

Master the French Omelette

They say you can tell a great chef by their ability to whip up the perfect omelette. While it may seem like the a dish for the novice cook, getting an eggy concoction that’s soft, creamy and void of any hint of brown is actually a chef-worthy skill worth mastering.

Get the recipe here

Chicken-Broth

 

Make Chicken Stock

Set aside some time over the weekend to make a giant pot of chicken stock. Then keep it in jars in the fridge and use it to enhance almost anything.

Get Michael Smith’s recipe here.

Chiffonade

Chiffonade Herbs

If you can stack and roll a bunch of basil, you’re already half way there. This knife technique creates little ribbons of herbs.

Watch the technique here.

 

 

Crispy Skin Salmon

Make Crispy-Skinned Fish

At the heart of any restaurant-quality fish is a crispy skin. Learn this technique and expect an influx of unexpected dinner guests.

Get the recipe here

French Vinaigrette

Whip Up a Vinaigrette

Never temp fate again with iffy expiry dates on long-forgotten salad dressing lurking at the back of the fridge. Learn to make your own with just a few pantry ingredients.

Get the recipe here

How to Make a Roux

Make a Roux

Master the technique of cooking butter and flour and watch as visions of homemade mac and cheese, and jumbos become a reality.

Get the recipe here

Jamie Oliver Aioli

Make an Aoili

Keep a killer aoili recipe in your back pocket and bust it out at your next barbecue. Heads will explode.

Get Jamie Oliver’s recipe here.

 

Jamie Oliver Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken

The ultimate Sunday Night Supper just wouldn’t be the same without a perfect-roasted chicken at the centre. Master this one and reap the benefits of leftovers, from shredded chicken nachos to an out-of-this-world chicken stock.

Get Jamie Oliver’s recipe here.

Make a Pan Jus

Throw Together a Pan Jus

The act of lifting off the best cooked bits left in the pan after searing a steak or piece of chicken with a knob of butter and dash of wine is life-changing. Learn this trick and toss the bottled sauce forever.

Get the recipe here

Olive Oil Fried Egg

Fry The Perfect Egg

Are you a butter or an olive oil fried egg person? Do you like them soft or aggressively fried to give it a slightly charred, lace-like edge? No matter how you like them, making fried eggs exactly how you love them is a beautiful thing.

Get the recipe here

Onions

Caramelize Onions

Onions really do transform into something beautiful when cooked low and slow in a bath of butter. And the smell is so intoxicating, you’ll be tempted to dab a bit on your wrists before hitting the town.

Get the recipe here

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Pan Fried Steak

Pan Sear a Steak

No barbecue, no problem. Pan-searing a steak in a cast iron skillet lets you baste with with herbs and butter. We’ll wait here will you run to the butcher.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect French Omelette

Master the Omelette

They say you can tell a great chef by their ability to whip up the perfect omelette. While it may seem like the a dish for the novice cook, getting an eggy concoction that’s soft, creamy and void of any hint of brown is actually a chef-worthy skill worth mastering.

Get the recipe here

Whipped Cream

Make Fresh Whipped Cream in a Jar 

There is nothing quite like a heap of fresh-whipped cream perched atop a bowl of sweet berries. Get creative and add hints of herbs like mint or a hit of lime to really make it pop. Don’t have a mixer or electric beater? A mason jar is all you need.

Get the recipe here

Originally published on Foodnetwork.ca 

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