How to Steam Buns Without a Steamer? The 5 Easiest Methods

Are you tired of steamed buns in a steamer? But do you know how to steam buns without a steamer? Well, there is an easier way to steam buns without a steamer. In this article, we will discuss four different ways that you can use at home to steam your buns. 

Many people have tested these methods and found them very effective for steaming pieces of bread like baozi, mantou, or mantou-manjuu without using special equipment or utensils. 

So, let’s get started and see how to steam buns without a steamer.

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The 5 easiest Methods:

  1. Instant Pot Method

If you have an Instant Pot, you can use it to steam buns.

  • Water one cup in your Instant Pot. The bao buns should be placed on top of a metal trivet in a saucepan.
  • Cover and turn on high pressure for 3 minutes (or low pressure for 5 minutes).
  • Immediately release pressure by opening the steam valve using the Natural Release method or Quick Release Method if needed (this will take about 10 minutes).
  • Serve immediately!
Steamed buns Instant Pot Method
  1. In Oven Method

If you want to steam buns in an oven, follow these steps:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the buns on a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil on top of it (this will prevent them from burning) and bake for 10 minutes until they have risen somewhat but still seem slightly doughy underneath and are soft to the touch when pressed gently with your finger. Remove from oven and turn over; bake for another 5 minutes or until golden brown and slightly crisp on top (but still tender inside).
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  1. In Rice Cooker Method

In this method, you’ll be using a rice cooker.

  • Fill the rice cooker with water up to 2 cups and place the plate inside. Make sure that the plate is not touching any sides of the inner pot of your cooker so that steam can circulate freely around it.
  • Place buns on top of this plate and cover them with a lid as usual when steaming something in an electric pressure cooker (EPC).
Steam Buns in Rice Cooker
  1. In a Pan method

In a Pan method:

  • Fill a pan with water.
  • Place the buns on a rack and cover them with a lid to seal them in steam.
  • Steam for 5 minutes until they’re warm throughout and soft enough to eat straight away!
Steam buns in a pan
  1. In Microwave Method
  • Place the buns in a bowl.
  • Pour water into the bowl until it covers the buns. A little more than half full is fine, but don’t fill it too much!
  • Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them because they’ll get mushy if you do! You don’t want that!
  • Uncover and let cool before serving, or they’ll burn your tongue off!
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We hope this article has helped you in your quest to make steamed buns at home.

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