What Seasoning to Use for Sous Vide?

Sous Vide is a method of cooking food by placing it in a water bath at an exact temperature for a specific time.

The result is a perfectly cooked dish that has the texture of raw meat but can be reheated in a microwave or frozen without having been damaged.

Seasonings such as sea salt, black pepper, and paprika will not affect the taste of your dish if you add them to the water bath before cooking.

How to Season Your Food Properly for Sous Vide?

The main purpose of using sous vide cooking is to slow cook food without any of the heat from the traditional stovetop method.

To prepare food for sous vide, it should be seasoned in the raw state. Then, the food is vacuum-sealed in plastic sous vide bags, placed in sous vide machine, and cooked slowly until it reaches the desired temperature.

To cook food at a constant temperature, use a circulator and set the temperature to the desired level.

Common Ingredients to Season with

sous vide corned beef

The seasoning has more time to impart its flavor to the food in the bag, resulting in more intense flavors.

One of the ways to add flavor in sous vide cooking is to smoke the food. With smoking, you have to distinguish between smoking before or after you cook the meat.


Salt is mostly used in removing the water from it which makes it lose moisture easily. It helps the food to change its structure and texture.

Therefore, when adding salt before cooking add less amount to the exact size if you know the cooking process will take much time.

Butter, Oil, and Fat

Use butter, oil, or fat for seasoning meat using the sous vide method at the point you are searing it in a pan.

The ingredients are quite cool with the sauce when you are making it. Oil or butter is good to use with fish meat since it is preventing it from drying out.

Dry Herbs

Using dry herbs and spices for seasoning for sous vide can work best with it. The dry herbs and spices include oregano, thyme, cumin, garlic powder, steak seasoning, cayenne powder, mustard powder.

When you are cooking meat ensure you rub the spices on each other’s side to get the flavor in it.

Onion, Garlic, Ginger and shallots

  Having such ingredients and you are using lower temperatures of sous vide will not get the same flavor as you compare with cooking on stove or pan but will get some closer taste but not the exact thing.

Therefore, with such seasonings, you need to cook them in a pan differently before adding them to the Sous vide cooking.


Sauces are also types of seasonings that include teriyaki sauce, hot sauce, curry sauce. To use the sauces in sous vide cooking consider adding them after you finish cooking.

When to Season Before or After Sous Vide?

As recommended it’s better to season before sous vide. This involves adding any of the types of seasoning to the bag before you place it in the water bath to sous vide it.

With the seasoning added together with your food in the bag, the ingredients have plenty of time to meld during the sous vide cooking process (which is generally longer than most other cooking processes). The seasoning can impact a lot of flavor onto the food in the bag.

With salt,  you can season either before or after. There isn’t a big difference between the two.


In conclusion, When you’re looking to add flavor to your sous vide cooking, you can use a wide variety of seasonings, depending on what you’re trying to achieve. There are many different types of seasonings available, and they all have their own unique benefits.

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