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How to Braise Brisket in Convection

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

Brisket is a large flavorful cut of beef perfect for feeding a crowd and one of the best ways to prepare brisket is by braising. Cuts of meat like brisket require long slow cooking to get to that melt-in-your mouth tender perfection.


Preparing Brisket for Braising


As with most braises the process begins with searing the meat on the cooktop then combining the vegetables, aromatics and liquid that will gently simmer the meat creating a delicious sauce. Then the pan with the tight fitting lid goes into the oven for slow cooking.


Using Convection vs Traditional Bake


When tender cuts of meat are cooked in Convection they retain moisture resulting in better flavor and texture. However, Convection doesn’t have the same benefit with tougher cuts of meat because in order for them to tenderize they still require slow cooking at low temperatures simmered in liquid.


Even though brisket is braised in a covered pan using a Convection mode for the cooking does have some benefits.

  • In Convection the heated air circulates around the oven ensuring even consistent heating

  • Multiple pans can be cooked at one time without having to change the position of the pans.


Can Brisket Be Braised in the Steam Oven?


When meats are braised in a covered pan with liquid the tight fitting lid creates steam in the pan. Brisket can be braised in an uncovered pan in the Steam oven; however, to avoid the formation of a crust the meat needs to be completely covered by liquid. 


If the meat isn’t completely covered it will need to be turned during the cooking which is not an easy feat with a large heavy cut like brisket.



Reheating and Serving the  Brisket


When the brisket has finished cooking remove it from the pan and set it aside to cool. Strain the vegetables and aromatics from cooking liquid and return the liquid to the pan. Slice the brisket and place in the pan. The brisket can now be gently heated or cooled and refrigerated.


Potatoes for mashed potatoes can be steamed in the Steam oven and fresh vegetables to serve with the brisket can also be quickly steamed prior to serving. 


If you are looking for a light luscious dessert then check out my next post How to Make Crème Brûlée in the Steam Oven.


Larissa, Your Convection Enthusiast 


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