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Lesson Overview

Searing is what gives many roasts, stews, braised dishes and even certain types of seafood that gorgeous, rich color and sweet flavor.

It is a common mistake to use the terms pan-searing and pan-frying interchangeably. While searing is somewhat similar to pan frying, it is generally done over higher heat and is used to quickly brown the surface of foods without cooking them internally.

In this lesson, you will learn how searing works. You will understand when to sear foods and how to sear on the stove top so you can add intense flavor and color to your cooking.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • describe what searing is
  • understand why searing does not “seal” in juices
  • determine when to sear foods
  • properly sear foods on the stove top

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: Searing 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Debunking the Sear & Seal Theory 4 mins
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4. Determining When to Sear 3 mins
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5. Searing on the Stove Top 45 mins
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6. Practice Activities & Recipes 75 mins
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7. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 26 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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