Ways of cooking

Ways of cooking with definitions and example sentences

Cooking methods vocabulary


to make food such as bread or cakes inside an oven using dry heat
  • (as an adjective) baked aubergine
  • Bake at 150°C for 30 minutes.
  • the scent of freshly/newly baked bread
  • I am baking Sophia a cake.


to cook food such as beef or fish on a barbecue grill or over an open fire
  • barbecued fish
  • We barbecued chicken breasts.


to cook food by placing it into boiling water
  • boiled corn
  • a hard-boiled/soft-boiled egg
  • I put two eggs on to boil.
  • Boil the potatoes for 20 minutes.


to brown food in a little fat and then cook it with a little liquid in a covered pan
  • Braise the beef in red wine.
  • braised chicken


American English. to cook food under direct dry heat
  • broiled bacon


to cook meat or vegetable quickly over charcoal
  • chargrilled potatoes


to cook food by placing it under the surface of hot oil
  • He tried to deep-fry chicken wings.


to cook food in a pan using oil or fat
  • fried egg
  • He fried fish for me.


to cook meat, fish or vegetables on a flat metal frame over a coal fire
  • grilled sausages
  • Grill the tomatoes for 5-10 minutes.

Heat up

to make something hot or warm
  • Can I heat up the pizza in the oven?


to cook or heat something in a microwave oven


to boil food for a short time before it is grilled, roasted etc.
  • Parboil the tomatoes for three minutes before you skin them.


to cook something gently in a small amount of boiling liquid such as water, milk, wine, etc.
  • poached chicken
  • Poarch the fish in vegetable stock.


to cook food such as meat or vegetables with dry heat in an uncovered pan in an oven or over an open fire
  • She roasted the chicken with olive oil, pepper and fresh herbs.


to cook food quickly in an open pan using a little oil or fat
  • Sauté the garlic for three minutes.
  • (as an adjective) sauté spinach


to cook an egg by mixing the white and yolk together and then stirring and heating with butter in a pan
  • I’ll scramble the eggs with tomato.
  • scrambled/boiled/poached egg


to cook or heat food by boiling it gently at low temperatures
  • Let the sauce simmer for ten minutes.


to cook or heat food in steam
  • steamed vegetables


to cook food such as meat or fruit by boiling slowly in a closed dish
  • stewed chicken


to fry small pieces of food quickly over high heat by stirring them frequently
  • Stir-fry meat for 3-4 minutes, and then add sauce.
  • Stir-fried vegetables


to cook or heat food by putting it close to a high heat until it browns or crisps
  • I want my bread toasted.

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Last updated: 20.02.2017

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