Searing is a cooking process which involves the application of dry heat to food in order to cook it and/or enhance the flavor and texture of the food. Seared dishes are prepared by exposing the food to a high intensity of heat for a short period of time which, on one hand, partially or completely cooks the food and browns the surface, and also enhances the flavor of the food by caramelizing the sugars present in the food. Fish and meats are the most commonly used ingredients for preparing seared recipes.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Searing
However, the disadvantage is that searing cannot cook the food completely and needs to be paired with another method of cooking specially in case of large pieces of meat, as the outer surface gets browned very easily but the heat is not able to cook the inside of the meat in such short time.
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