|March 11, 2024

Incredible Sous Vide Recipes for Five-Star Meals

By Amanda Suazo
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

Incredible Sous Vide Recipes for Five-Star Meals

Bring out your inner chef with these incredibly flavorful sous vide recipes. By gently cooking your food in a water bath, sous vide creates melt-in-your-mouth meat, veggies and desserts while keeping healthy fats and proteins intact.

Let’s start with learning what this popular (and foolproof) method is, and how to get your kitchen ready for delicious sous vide dishes.

What is sous vide?

Meaning “under vacuum” in French, sous vide is a low-temperature, slow cooking method the utilizes a water bath kept at a consistent temperature. It offers precision control over how your food is cooked, producing a consistent result every time.

Many home cooks now prefer sous vide for foods such as steak and eggs, and with more and more affordable sous vide machines and equipment available, it’s even easier to get started with sous vide cooking.

The basics are:

  • Seal food in a bag
  • Place bag in a water bath
  • Heat water to a consistent temperature using an immersion circulator (Or use an all-in-one water bath and circulator)
  • Cook food to desired doneness, determined by water temperature and cooking time

What do I need to sous vide?

While sous vide is a fairly easy cooking method to learn, it does require some starting equipment:

  • An immersion circulator or “sous vide machine”
  • A vacuum sealer or sealable silicone bags (We recommend avoiding plastic bags!)
  • A 2-gallon container or large pot

Of course, you can get more complicated than this basic setup, but these tools are the absolute minimum you need in your kitchen to start precision cooking.

soft boiled sous video eggs on toast

Breakfast sous vide recipes

Sous Vide Eggs

No bags or jars needed: This sous vide recipe from i am a food blog creates perfectly slow-poached eggs by cooking them straight in the water bath.

With golden runny yolks and just-set whites, these eggs are worth the wait.

Overnight Sous Vide Bacon

This totally tender bacon recipe from Serious Eats stays crispy and moist at the same time, thanks to gentle sous vide cooking.

First, cook the bacon sous vide overnight, then fry on a griddle for melt-in-your-mouth bacon goodness.

Sous Vide Scrambled Eggs

This sous vide recipe from Nom Nom Paleo delivers all the fluff and flavor of traditional scrambled eggs, all while keeping quality fats and proteins more intact.

Add beaten eggs to a bag with seasonings and butter for rich and custardy results. Perfect for mornings where setting the Instant Pot up for egg bites just seems like too much.

Beef sous vide recipes

Sous Vide Ribeye With Cauliflower Risotto

Low carb and tender, this sous vide steak recipe from Fit Mom Journey not only produces a perfectly cooked steak, but you can also prepare the other dishes during the 1-2 hours the steaks are cooking.

Perfect when you’re cooking a special or complex dinner. Level this easy recipe up with grass-fed ribeyes for ultimate flavor.

Sous Vide Pot Roast

Avoid dry, tough cuts of meat with this simple sous vide recipe from Simply {Darr}ling. Create a quick marinade with rosemary and lemon juice, then immerse your meat and sear to finish.

This recipe is also easily altered to suit your taste. Add balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice with oregano for a more Mediterranean vibe, or add taco seasoning for an easy dinner for the family.

Sous Vide Beef Filet Tail Over Sweet Potato Mash

This paleo sous vide recipe from Pastured Kitchen takes an already tender cut of meat and transforms it into a buttery rockstar.

Meat cooks in the water bath with grass-fed ghee and a zesty paleo dressing before topping a creamy sweet potato or butternut squash mash.

Bacon Beef Broccoli Fusion

This hybrid sous vide recipe from Life Made Full cooks beef in a water bath until tender while stir-frying fresh broccoli for a filling main dish that pairs perfectly with cauliflower rice.

Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner when you have time, but don’t want to haul out the slow cooker.

Sous Vide Burgers

With this sous vide recipe from Serious Eats, you’ll never eat a dry hockey puck again.

Using the water bath method, you can batch cook multiple patties at a time before searing them on the grill. A perfect recipe for a low-stress BBQ!

Seafood sous vide recipes

Kitchen preparation of salmon

Sous Vide Salmon

For perfect moist and flaky salmon, look no further than this sous vide recipe from Taste of Artisan.

Brine your filets in a saltwater and olive oil blend, then cook gently in water and garnish with fresh herbs.

Sous Vide Lobster Tail

With no searing or broiling needed, this sous vide recipe from Sous Vide Guy produces restaurant-worthy results with simple prep.

Simply shell lobster, bag with butter and parsley and cook for 1 hour. Sure to become a favorite sous vide recipe.

Sous Vide Shrimp

Frozen shrimp become perfectly tender and dippable with this sous vide recipe from Savoring the Good.

Bag shrimp with lemon and cook for 15 minutes, then dunk in ice water for an easy appetizer that will impress all your guests.

Chicken, lamb and pork sous vide recipes

Simple Sous Vide Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast is possibly as iconic as steak in sous vide cooking. This recipe from Taste of Artisan is simple and versatile.

Flavor your chicken with any flavors you desire, and cook at 150°F. (They explain the food safety guidelines of sous vide chicken cooking temperatures, as well.)

Sous Vide Whole Chicken

Try a whole new take on roast chicken with this sous vide recipe from StreetSmart Kitchen.

Bag your bird with a spice rub, cook in a water bath, then sear on all sides for a totally tender main dish.

Sous Vide Lamb Chops

Sous vide cooking creates ultra-juicy lamb chops, and this recipe ensures the perfect cooking temp and time.

Submerge your chops with herbs and butter, then sear once they’re perfectly tender.

Sous Vide Pork Chops

Using this sous vide recipe from Maria Mind Body Health, you’ll never have to eat a dry and chewy pork chop again.

Season bone-in chops, then bag with herbs and lemon before searing with wholesome cooking fats.

Sous Vide Garlic Cilantro Chicken

While this sous vide recipe from Food For Net marinates chicken in a homemade cilantro dressing, you can use any marinade you fancy.

Using a spatchcock cut, chicken cooks evenly and gets evenly coated in your marinade mix before broiling for a few minutes to finish for a crisp skin.

Veggie sous vide recipes

sous vide asparagus over steak

Honey Glazed Sous Vide Rainbow Carrots

Tough root vegetables become totally tender with sous vide cooking—and this recipe from Amazing Food Made Easy upgrades an already sweet veggie with a buttery honey glaze.

A perfect way to wow your dinner party guests or make dinner special.

Sous Vide Asparagus With Mint

Asparagus is made for sous vide cooking.

In just 15 minutes, this recipe from I am the Maven creates perfectly crisp stalks, all drenched in a simple buttery mint sauce.

Sous Vide Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Sous vide makes this creamy low-carb side dish from Something New For Dinner even more simple and delicious.

Florets gently cook in a water bath with butter and spices, then blend into creamy perfection.

Sous vide dessert recipes

Sous Vide Flourless Chocolate Cake

Yes, you can make dessert sous vide!

This take on cake from Anova Culinary blends rich ingredients like eggs, chocolate and butter, then cooks them gently in a mason jar—so delicious, your guests won’t believe you cooked it in water.

It’s also gluten-free and can be made low-carb with sugar-free chocolate and a few drops of liquid sweetener in brewed coffee to replace the carb-heavy liqueur. (Or treat yourself. We won’t judge!)

Low-Carb Individual Cheesecakes With Basil Blueberry Compote

Taking a classic and giving it a low-carb twist, this sous vide dessert from Cluttered Kitchen Keto takes fresh ingredients and creates a sophisticated dish to wow your friends and family.

If you’re avoiding dairy, use coconut cream and dairy-free cream cheese to enjoy this recipe.

Sous Vide Butterscotch Pudding

Creamy, decadent and given extra zing with the inclusion of Irish whiskey, this sous vide dessert from Something New for Dinner is sure to impress. (If you’re watching your carbs or alcohol intake, our low-carb alcohol guide can help you navigate.)

Coconut cream is a great substitution if you don’t tolerate dairy or are following paleo, and coconut sugar or golden monk fruit sweetener can easily replace the sugar in this recipe to make it paleo and keto-friendly.

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This is an updated version of an article originally published February 2019.