Cooking Techniques & Tips What Does Steep Mean in Cooking? Written by Saad Fayed A restaurateur and food writer, Saad Fayed has published hundreds of recipes and articles about Middle Eastern cuisine. Learn about The Spruce Eats' Editorial Process Saad Fayed Updated 02/17/17 Jeremy Homer/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images Definition: To allow dry ingredients, such as coffee, tea, or spices, to soak in a liquid until the liquid takes on the flavor of the dry ingredient. Pronunciation: steep Featured Video Read More Yaupon Tea What Is Sumac? What Is Fenugreek? The 15 Best Chai Teas in 2021 Sweet Adeline Pomegranate and Black Tea Drink 10 mins Ratings The 10 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers in 2021 The 10 Best Black Teas in 2021 What Is Annatto? What Does "Healthy" Even Mean? What Does Fagioli Mean? How to Macerate Fruit What Is Hibiscus Tea? Real Thai Iced Tea 10 mins Ratings What Does 'Sweat" Mean as a Cooking Technique? Pennsylvania Dutch Lard Biscuits 17 mins Ratings What Does Fagioli Mean?