How Can I Get Over My Fear of High-Heat Cooking?

published Jan 6, 2015
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Q: This is going to sound a little weird, but I’m terrified of cooking with high heat. If a recipe calls for high heat, I always opt for medium. Maybe it’s a decade of living in cheap apartments with a very sensitive smoke alarm right above the stove. I just get really nervous if I have to tip an ingredient into searing hot oil!

I’ve been cooking dinner pretty much every weeknight for the last two years, so I do have some experience around the kitchen, but I feel like I could really improve some of my techniques with deepening the color and flavor in some recipes. Does anyone have any tips to help me get over this fear?!

Sent by Chrissy

Editor: I completely understand your fear! I think it’s pretty common and you’re definitely not alone. My advice would be to read through our lessons on sautéing and searing from our Cooking School. I think you’ll find some good info here, plus ideas for how to practice this kind of cooking!

Readers, what advice do you have?