Meals that Go Best with an Induction Cooktop
If you live in a tiny space without a conventional oven or work long hours, you may be wondering how you can cook fresh and healthy meals with limited equipment or a tight schedule. An induction cooktop is the perfect solution to your needs. An induction cooktop uses electromagnetic energy to heat food much faster than a stovetop would. Its small size means there's space for it on even the smallest or most space-challenged countertops, meaning anyone can quickly cook up a tasty meal. Because induction cooktops only heat the surface that comes in contact with the pot or pan, their surrounding surfaces remain cool to the touch, which also helps make them great options for dorms, RVs and traveling.
One important thing to keep in mind when making meals with induction cooktops is that not every pan will be compatible. To test whether a pan will work with an induction cooktop, hold a standard magnet to the bottom of the pan. If it sticks, then it's compatible.
Take advantage of all the conveniences of induction cooktops with these four meal ideas.
1. Pad Thai
Save money and cut out sodium and artificial ingredients by skipping take-out and making your own pad thai at home. An induction cooker will boil the water, fry the eggs and saute the veggies in no time.
- 3 ounces rice noodles
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1/2 shredded carrots
- 1 large egg
- Dash of lime juice
- Handful of chopped peanuts (optional).
In a small pan, bring water to a boil over medium heat on your Oster® Personal Induction Cooktop and cook the noodles until tender. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix together the garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. Remove the noodles from the cooker and drain them, then replace the pan with a small skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat, then add the bean sprouts and carrots and saute for 2 minutes. Next, fry the egg in the pan and break into smaller pieces. Add the noodles and sauce mix to the pan and combine well over low heat. Transfer to a bowl, add a spritz of lime, top with peanuts and enjoy.
2. Pasta Carbonara
With its fast boiling time. induction cooktops are perfect for making pasta dishes. Pasta carbonara is a classic Italian dish that's flavorful, filling and easy to make.
- 3 ounces spaghetti or linguine
- 1-2 slices of bacon or pancetta, cut into pieces
- 1/2 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 large egg
- Ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese.
Boil water for the pasta in a pan over the induction cooktop, adding salt to taste. Cook the pasta, then remove the pan and drain. In a small skillet, cook the bacon for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook together for an additional minute. Remove from heat and then whisk together the egg, pepper and cheese in a small bowl. Pour the pasta into a large mixing bowl and then add the bacon and garlic and the egg mix. Toss until the pasta is fully coated and serve.
3. Shrimp Fajitas
With just an induction cooktop, you can create shrimp fajitas that burst with color and flavor and have just enough spice to give them a little kick.
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 red pepper, sliced
- 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
- 1/2 small yellow onion, sliced
- 3 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Flour tortillas.
In a small skillet placed on the induction cooktop, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the peppers and onions and saute until tender. Then add the shrimp to the pan and cook fully. Toss with the spices and peppers and onions. To serve, distribute a small serving of the mix into a tortilla - you can heat the tortillas in another skillet over the induction cooktop before serving for an extra treat.
4. Avocado Scrambled Eggs
Fluffy scrambled eggs are heavenly on a lazy weekend morning, and this recipe takes the basic breakfast up a notch with avocados. The precision cooking capabilities of induction cooktops means that eggs come out perfectly cooked.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1 large egg
- Dash of finely chopped chives
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Heat the oil in a skillet over the induction cooktop at medium heat. Add the pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes. In a bowl, whisk the egg with a fork to break up and combine with the chives. Remove the peppers from the pan and add the egg. Cook over medium-low heat, being sure to constantly move the egg around the pan. Once the eggs are fluffy, add the avocado, salt and pepper. Enjoy with whole grain toast for a satisfying breakfast.