Chances are, you cook on your stove regularly. But there's always room to learn more about simmering and sautéing, and that's where our stovetop cooking guides comes in.

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Hack Your Way to a Bigger Stovetop, No Renovation Required
Serving plate of fried and steamed dumplings.
How to Cook Frozen Dumplings
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The Right Way to Sauce Pasta
Ingredients for mirepoix; diced carrots, celery, and onions on a cutting board.
All About Mirepoix, Sofrito, Battuto, and Other Humble Beginnings
Creamy pasta being spooned out of a sauté pan.
What's the Difference Between a Skillet and a Sauté Pan?
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How to Pan-Fry Salmon Fillets | The Food Lab
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The Best Ways to Cook Steak, Explained
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Plus More!) About Boiling Water
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How to Make a Roux and Use It Right
Three stainless steel stockpots on a blue surface
We Tested 22 Stockpots and Landed on Five Favorites
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How to Make Paella
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How to Make the Best Potato Hash | The Food Lab
Three Cast Iron Skillets stacked inside each other.
How to Buy, Season, and Maintain Cast Iron Cookware
A large bone-in ribeye steak grilling on a charcoal grill.
7 Myths About Cooking Steak That Need to Go Away
An open carton of a dozen eggs. Some of the eggs are cracked open so the yolks are exposed.
How to Temper Eggs
How Salty Should Pasta Water Be?
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Does Adding Pasta Water Really Make a Difference?
Three pieces of cooked gemelli pasta arranged in parallel on a wooden cutting board.
A New Way to Cook Pasta? | The Food Lab
Pouring a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet to test if it's okay to use olive oil for high heat cooking.
Cooking With Olive Oil: Should You Fry and Sear in It or Not?
Can I Stir-Fry On An Electric Cooktop? | Ask The Food Lab
Wok Skills 101: Steaming
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How to Make the Crispiest Pan-Seared Fish Skin
Pouring egg into a skillet for scrambled eggs and stirring with a flexible spatula
Why Cheap Nonstick Skillets Are Best
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Is it Really Necessary to Add Garlic After the Onions When Sautéing?
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How to Make Kickass Quesadillas | The Food Lab
A pot filled with dry beans, a carrot, a garlic clove, onion, and a sprig of fresh sage.
Transform Any Pot of Beans With Flavor-Packed Aromatics and Herbs
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How to Render Bacon Fat
Two small beef steaks cooking in a cast iron skillet. A pair of tongs is lifting one of the steaks.
Flip Your Steaks Multiple Times for Better Results | The Food Lab
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How Often Should You Flip a Burger?
Asparagus being blanched in a large stock pot filled with water. Someone is removing the asparagus with a pair of tongs.
Are the Rules of Big-Pot Blanching True?
Closeup of pasta aglio e olio twirled on a fork.
Can I Start Pasta In Cold Water? | Ask The Food Lab
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Do Grill Pans Actually Mimic Grilling? | Ask The Food Lab
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How to Make Creamy Vegetable Soups Without a Recipe | The Food Lab
A collage of nine spices commonly used in Indian cooking, including cumin seed, star anise, brown mustard seeds, green cardamom pods, amchoor or mango powder, and whole nutmeg.
Indian Spices 101: The Benefits of Frying Spices
Do I Need To Preheat My Oil? | Ask The Food Lab
Do I Really Need To Reduce Wine Separately? | Ask The Food Lab
On Browning Ground Meat In Recipes | Ask The Food Lab
Broccoli rabe being sautéed in a cast iron skillet with a liberal amount of olive oil. Smashed garlic cloves and chile flakes are visible in the pan.
Why You Shouldn't Hesitate to Add More Oil to a Sauté Pan
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How Can I Get My Dumplings Extra Crispy? | Ask The Food Lab
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What Are The Various Methods of Dry Heat Stovetop Cooking? | Ask The Food Lab
Toast and Grind Whole Spices for More Complex Flavors
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Use Your Potato Masher To Break Up Ground Meat in the Skillet
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How to Sweat Vegetables
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Ham and Cheese Sandwich
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Jamaican Pepperpot
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Cincinnati Chili
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Teh Tarik (Sweet and Frothy Malaysian Milk Tea)
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How to Make Chai
Side view of Nigerian Masa stacked in a pyramid on a plate.
Nigerian Masa (Fermented Rice Cake Balls)
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Khao Niao (Thai Sticky Rice) Recipe
A bowl of Korean Miyeok-Guk, showing simmered seaweed, chunks of tender meat, and a light broth.
Miyeok-Guk (Korean Seaweed and Brisket Soup)
Koren Sweet Soy-Glazed Potatoes
Gamja Bokkeum (Korean Sweet Soy-Glazed Potatoes)
A bowl of homemade tonkatsu ramen topped with a marinated egg which has been sliced in half, and a slice of pork chashu.
Rich and Creamy Tonkotsu Ramen Broth Recipe
A stack of parathas on a plate.
Paratha (Flaky South Asian Flatbread) Recipe
Crispy shredded hash browns with sunny-side up eggs and bacon
Crispy Shredded Hash Browns Recipe
Medium-rare duck breast sliced and served on a plate with orange wedges
Pan-Seared Duck Breast With Orange Pan Sauce
Two quarter-folded filled crepes garnished with chopped herbs on a plate
Basic Crepe Batter Recipe
A jar of XO sauce with someone holding a spoon of sauce above the jar.
XO Sauce Recipe