Sous vide cooking times and temperatures
Where is the ultimate time and temperature guide for sous vide cooking? We have the answer – there is no ultimate sous vide cooking times and temperatures guide. Yes, we know. That is annoying. But it is true.
There are actually many variables that you need to think about to find the ultimate sous vide cooking time and temperature for the specific food you are cooking. Here’s what you need to take into consideration:
- The brand of sous vide water oven or immersion circulator you have
- The accuracy of the temperature gauge on your sous vide machine
- The thickness of the food you are going to cook
- The effectiveness of your water bath in holding it’s temperature
- What your version of a perfectly cooked meal is – this differs from person to person
Sous vide cooking – trial and error for your ultimate meal
Sous vide cooking is a unique blend of science and creativity. And we know that the science behind sous vide cooking is why many of you love it so much. However setting the perfect time and temperature requires trial and error in your sous vide cooking. There is no shortage of information about sous vide cooking available in books and online. Many home cooks, chefs and sous vide product brands shout from the rooftops that they have the “perfect” or “ultimate” sous vide cook time and temperature for every food type. But here is the thing. Your version of “perfect” will differ from that of other home cooks, chefs and sous vide product brands. We are humans not robots. And when it comes to meal taste and “doneness”, everyone has unique taste buds!
Use a sous vide time and temperature guide as a starting point
Our suggestion is for you to use any sous vide cooking time and temperature guide you find as a starting point. There are many guides available and we have added links to many of those below. So if you have an Anova immersion circulator then perhaps start with their time and temperature guide. If you have the Joule by ChefSteps look at their sous vide time and temperature guide first, and so on for the other major sous vide products.
We recommend you use the guide issued by the brand of your sous vide machine for your first cook. So follow their time and temperature suggestions for whatever food you are going to cook. Taste the meal. See if you like it. You can then adjust to taste on your next sous vide cook according to your own taste.
But wait, there’s more. No, we are not selling steak knives.
There are some sous vide time and temperature apps available which you may like to explore (if apps are your thing). Head to our Resources page and you will find a section that covers 11 of the best sous vide cooking apps available. These apps are designed to help you in your sous vide cooking. We’d love to hear your feedback on how effective some of these apps are for you. Feel free to leave any comments in the section below. We can then feed that information back to the sous vide cooking community.
Tap into the sous vide social media community
The sous vide cooking social media community is really amazing. There are some super talented sous viders out there (and plenty of newbies as well!). And they are very willing to share their sous vide cooking hints and tips with you. The sous vide Instagram community is particularly active.You will often see that home cooks and chefs will list the times and temperatures they used alongside their sous vide meal triumph pics. If you happen to have the same brand of sous vide water oven or immersion circulator as those sous viders, you will start to get a feel for the time and temperature range that might work for you.
A great way of staying up to date with the latest sous vide news is to join the Sous Vide Hub community. You can do that by clicking here.
Our curated list of sous vide time and temperature guides
Below is a list of time and temperature guides that may be useful to you. We have listed all of the brand specific guides first. We recommend you start with these. After the list of specific sous vide brand time and temperature guides, you will see that we have listed some of the more generic sous vide time and temperature guides. These may also be useful to you.
We often get asked, can I use the sous vide time and temperature guide provided by one brand (for example, Joule) when cooking with a sous vide machine from another brand (for example, Anova)? Whilst in theory this is possible, this approach will not necessarily bring you the best sous vide meal result. Again, feel free to experiment and see.
Sous vide time and temperature guides are not the only options you have to create the most delicious sous vide meal. Check out our curated list of sous vide recipes (there’s over 200 to choose from!). The recipes contain detailed information about recommended sous vide cooking times and temperatures. Head to our recipes page to check them out clicking here.
Sous vide cooking requires science and creativity. Enjoy experimenting with your sous vide cooking to find the perfect times and temperatures for you to produce restaurant quality meals every time.
Sous vide time and temperature guides – the Sous Vide Hub curated collection
We’ve scoured the web to find the best sous vide time and temperature guides so you don’t have to! So all you need to do is pick the guide you are going to start with. Note that not all guides offer information for every food type.
The time and temperature guide for the SousVide Supreme Demi water oven and the SousVide Supreme water oven
The time and temperature guide for the PolyScience CHEF series sous vide commercial immersion circulator and the PolyScience CREATIVE series sous vide immersion circulator
The time and temperature guide for the ChefMan Immersion Circulator (temperature times and temps provided as part of an overall sous vide beginner’s guide
Listed below is a further range of curated time and temperature guides from other reputable sous vide cooking enthusiasts and experts:
Join the Sous Vide Hub community
Want to stay up to date with the latest sous vide news and reviews as well as super helpful sous vide cooking hints and tips? Then join the Sous Vide Hub community by clicking here.
Have you come across any other handy sous vide cooking time and temperature guides that have really helped you? We would love to hear about them in the comments section below.