Cooking with Smeg

Steam Ovens

Cooking with steam is an age-old, healthy cooking method which preserves and enhances the real essence of food. Steam is a popular alternative to conventional cooking methods.

In this guide you'll discover some of the benefits of steam cookers, learn about different types of steam ovens and even some top tips and recipies to get you started.

The popularity of steam cooking is on the rise. Steam cooking provides faster cooking times  - typically 20-25% less than conventional cooking, as well as reduced energy consumption. Thanks to its delicate nature steam cooks in a different way, locking in food's nutritional and organoleptic properties. This means that delicious, wholesome, prime raw ingredients retain all their original aroma, colour and texture.

What's more, cooking in a humid environment doesn’t dry dishes out; instead steam cooking ensures all the aromatic properties are sealed inside, so that foods retain their full flavour and true essence. You can also cook multiple dishes at once without flavour transfer and perfectly reheat tricky foods like rice and pasta without drying ingredients out.

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  • It keeps food soft and avoids excessive moisture loss
  • It locks in more nutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • It ensures moist cooking results for food that is juicy inside, and crispy and golden on the outside
  • It reduces cooking times
  • It enables food to be cooked from frozen, such as vegetables, without the need to defrost
  • it allows the simultaneous cooking of multiple foods without odour transfer
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What type of steam ovens are available?


Steam one offers up to 40% humidity with a manual water-loading system.

Features include:

  • 40% steam
  • 800ml tank capacity
  • Manual water filling system
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Steam100 Pro offers up to 100% humidity with Fill & Hide water loading system.

Features include:

  • 2 litre tank capacity
  • 100% steam
  • Pulse function
  • Fill & hide water loading system
  • Sous vide function
  • Multi tip probe
  • Delta T function
  • Smart cooking function
  • Sametime function
  • Multistep function
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All of the cooking technologies you could ever need, all housed within one oven. Combine traditional, microwave and steam cooking for professional results in up to 70% less time.

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Easy to use,  direct steam is an invaluable tool for those who favour healthy cooking. This technology features manual management of both the loading of water in the bottom of the oven cavity and of steam activation at the moment deemed most suitable for softening the food being cooked by increasing the moisture content.



The Vitality System is Smeg's recipe for healthy eating. This system comprises of 3 revolutionary products: a blast chiller, a vacuum drawer and a combi 'full steam' oven. 

By selecting the 100% steam option on a steam oven, sous vide cooking can take place using a Smeg VBAG. This process allows you to retain the aromas, juices, nutrients of the ingredients, consistency and flavour that is impossible to achieve through traditional cooking methods.

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View our steam cooked recipes