Unleash your inner chef with the Sous-vide mode

With the Thermomix® Sous-vide mode, you can prepare culinary masterpieces in the comfort of your own home! Wow your friends and family with meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and fruit cooked according to your preferences, and feel confident that you’ll enjoy perfect results every time.

Sous-vide is a precise, gentle method of cooking: food is placed in a water bath, protected by a food-safe, air-tight bag, and cooked at a controlled temperature. Cooking the food in a sealed bag locks in all of the ingredients’ flavour and nutritional benefits, while Thermomix® can control the temperature in 1°C increments, allowing for better accuracy in your cooking.

There are two ways to seal the bags: either manually by immersing heat-resistant zip-lock bags in water to remove the air, or by using a vacuum sealer.

When it comes to choosing a method, base your decision on which recipe you’re preparing. If there are liquids in the bag, choose the water immersion method. The vacuum sealer method is most effective for recipes where there is no liquid in the bag.

For the best results, cut your ingredients to roughly the same size and thickness. Season well and place in the bag or bags, laying the ingredients as flat as possible.

Marinating tougher cuts of meat tenderises them while also enhancing their flavour. Add some of the marinade to the sous-vide bag and use the water immersion method to seal them.

For the water immersion method, place the food in high-quality, zip-lock bags. Look for bags made without BPA (Bisphenol A); these are widely available from major retailers. Polythene bags are not suitable for cooking food. Fill up a sink or large bowl with water and then seal the bag, leaving a gap in the seal of approx. 3 cm. Submerge the bag, leaving the open seal above the water. The pressure of the water will force the air out. Fully seal the bag before submerging completely to ensure all the air has been removed.

Cooking with Sous-vide mode

4 Easy steps for sous-vide cooking without a recipe

Using the simmering basket:

  1. Prepare the bag(s) with your ingredients and season to taste. Seal and place in simmering basket.
  2. Place simmering basket in mixing bowl and add water, making sure that the bag(s) are fully submerged. Remove simmering basket with bags inside.
  3. Add juice of ½ a lemon and heat up Sous-vide/15 min/temperature indicated per ingredient.
  4. Place simmering basket, with bag(s), and cook Sous-vide/time indicated per ingredient/temperature indicated per ingredient. Remove simmering basket using spatula and serve, or sear before serving, according to your recipe.

Using the blade cover:

  1. Preparing: Prepare the bag(s) with your ingredients, season to taste and seal.
  2. Insert blade cover. Place the sealed bag(s) on top of the blade cover and cover with water to fully submerge them. Remove bag(s) and set aside while the water heats to temperature.
  3. Add juice of ½ a lemon and heat up Sous-vide/15 minutes/temperature indicated per ingredient.
  4. Place the bag(s) in the heated water and cook Sous-vide/time indicated per ingredient/temperature indicated per ingredient. Remove bag(s) using tongs and serve or sear before serving.

Good to know…

• The juice of half a squeezed lemon or a level teaspoon of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) must be added to the water to protect the mixing bowl. The amount of water depends on the volume of the bags. Add enough water to fully submerge the bags, and not higher than the maximum fill level.
• Use the vacuum pack bags once only.
• For sous-vide cooking, we recommend buying frozen fish or seafood that has been frozen at a minimum of -20°C for at least 24 hours. Thaw before cooking.

Sous-vide reference temperature and time per ingredient*

Asparagus: 150 g peeled asparagus, 14 cm length, Sous-vide/15 min/82ºC
Salmon: 150 g fresh salmon fillet, 3 cm thick, Sous-vide/45 min/55ºC
Medium-rare beef fillet steak: 180-200 g each, 3 cm thick, Sous-vide/1 h 30 min/54ºC
Beef brisket: 600-800 g, cut in 2 pieces, 5-6 cm thick, Sous-vide/12 h/85ºC
Pork chops: 350 g each, 3.5 cm thick, Sous-vide/1 h 30 min/70ºC
Pork cheeks: 100-150 g each, __Sous-vide/8 h/85ºC __
Chicken breast: 250-300 g each, 2-3 cm thick, Sous-vide/1 h 30 min/72ºC
Apricots: 300-350 g, 3 units, halved, Sous-vide/1 h/80ºC

*Please note:
• These temperatures and times are the reference after the water is heated.
• If your ingredients have a different weight or thickness, adjust the times.
• Searing meat and poultry after sous-vide cooking will add flavour as well as add to the appearance of the finished dish. • Marinating meat and poultry before cooking will add extra flavour.

Try the Sous-vide Rare Beef Steak with Béarnaise Sauce, the Sous-vide Poached Eggs, or the Sous-vide Teriyaki Salmon to begin your Sous-vide journey.

Sous-vide recipes