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 Read More How to Cook Lentils Tea Bags: History, Types, Uses, and More What Is Creamer? Chinese Noodle History, Types, and Recipes What Is Sumac? What Is Baking Powder? What Is an Ancho Chile Pepper? What Is Mastiha? What Is a Pseudocereal or Non-Cereal Grain? The 9 Best Cold Brew Coffee Makers of 2020 What Is Black Tea? Benefits, Uses, & Recipes What Is White Tea? Benefits, Uses, & Recipes What Is Garam Masala? Real Thai Iced Tea 10 mins Ratings Pumpkin Spiced Waffles With Cinnamon Caramel Syrup 50 mins Ratings What Is Star Anise?