What's that verb to describe "to heat food in a lid-covered pot without heat on"?

For example, when preparing food such as pastas you typically boil it in water for some time maybe 10 minutes or so depending on the amount, then afterwards you turn off the heat and just let it sit with the lid covered while it's being cooked inside.

What's that word to describe that process, that process of letting the food cook inside the lid-covered pot while the heat is turned off? Like, "boil the pasta for 10 minutes then turn off the heat and [that word] for another 10 minutes.

  • Your use of let it sit is quite acceptable as is @MikeM's let it stand. Neither is a single word and I don't believe that there is one. – coleopterist Jan 11 '13 at 18:01
  • @coleopterist That's interesting. In my native language there's a word for this action. – Theo Jan 11 '13 at 18:07

The word is stand, as in let it stand.

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    And if you want to make sure they leave the lid on, then the typical direction is: Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes... – Jim Jan 11 '13 at 23:41
  • That's interesting, because you can also let it sit and accomplish the same thing. – Robusto Jan 13 '13 at 17:12

As MikeM says, the most common expression is let it stand. But you could also use...

steep to soak in a liquid at a temperature under the boiling point (e.g. Steep the tea for three minutes).

  • I like this answer better than stand, because it is more precise. You can let something stand regardless of temperature (even with no liquid involved), but steep covers both conditions. +1 – Robusto Jan 12 '13 at 15:03
  • @Robusto: It's not perfect though. Firstly, because you can steep in cold water, and secondly because steeping always involves liquid - so it couldn't be used for the "continued cooking" of, say, scrambled eggs after you turn the heat off. My professional chef friend says it's a recognised "cooking phase" in various culinary contexts, but even he doesn't know a single word for it. – FumbleFingers Jan 13 '13 at 17:06

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