Cooking Verbs in English

Hi, dear English learners! Do you like cooking? Are you having a problem understanding recipes written in English? As you’ve probably noticed, there are so many cooking verbs in English. Food can be boiled, grilled, minced, etc. In order to be able to understand this specific vocabulary, in today’s lesson, we will be talking about these verbs.


To bake means to cook some food in the oven.

  • When the pastry is ready, bake it in a moderately hot oven for 35 minutes.
  • Cover the fish with foil and bake it until it’s soft and brown.

Cooking verbs in English


To blend means to mix and combine different kinds of food together. 

  • Blend the eggs, flour and sugar and add some milk.
  • They blended green tea with linden to get a beautiful taste and fragrance.


If you boil food, then you cook it in boiling water.

  • Boil the rice and rinse it.
  • For a healthy heart, you should eat boiled vegetables with a little bit of salt and olive oil.


Broiling is cooking food in an oven by heating it from above. 

  • Broil the chicken for 2 hours in the oven.
  • Turn the tofu and continue broiling for ten more minutes.

Cooking verbs in English


To chop is to cut food into smaller pieces with a knife.

  • Chop some dill and sprinkle it over the dish.
  • Chop the meat into small pieces and coat it in the batter.


If something is dissolved, it is absorbed by a liquid.

  • Dissolve a spoon of flour in a cup of water.
  • Stir the batter until salt is dissolved.


To drizzle means to pour a small amount of liquid over some food.

  • Once the fish is cooked, drizzle some olive oil and lemon over it.
  • Drizzle some syrup over the cake and coat it evenly.

Cooking verbs in English


To fry food means to cook it in oil. 

  • Shall we eat fried or boiled eggs?

Deep-fry – to cook food in lots of oil.

  • Deep-fry the potatoes until golden brown.

Stir-fry – to cook pieces of vegetables or meat in a small amount of oil quickly.

  • Add the pieces of chicken to the pan and stir-fry them for 2-3 minutes.


To glaze means to cover foods with a shiny liquid.

  • Diana glazed the cake with peach jam.
  • Turn the lamb from time to time and brush it with the glaze.


To grate means to rub vegetables, cheese, etc. against a grater to break them into very small pieces.

  • To make the apple pie, peel and grate the apples and add sugar.
  • Before serving the pasta, grate some cheese over it.

Cooking verbs in English


The verb grill refers to cooking food such as meat, fish, vegetables, etc. on a metal frame over a fire.

  • Grill the tofu for two minutes on both sides.
  • Grill the peppers and then peel them.

The other verb is “to barbecue

  • If the weather is nice, we could barbecue on Saturday.


Kneading refers to pressing and stretching the pastry in order to prepare it for consumption.

  • Knead the pastry lightly and roll it between two pieces of a baking sheet.
  • Add some milk and knead the dough until smooth.


To mash is to crush food after cooking so that it forms a soft mass.

  • We’re having a roast and mashed potato for dinner.
  • Cook the carrots and then mash them with the back part of a fork.

Cooking verbs in English


To mince means to cut foods such as meat into very small pieces, usually with a special machine.

  • Skin the chicken and mince it in a food processor.
  • Mince a pound of meat and season it well.


To peel means to remove the skin of foods such as vegetables and fruit.

  • Peel and cut the potatoes and place them in a frying pan.
  • Peel the banana and cut it lengthwise.


To pour means to make liquid flow from one container into another.

  • Pauline poured some soup into the plate.
  • Pour 2 oz of milk into the sauce.

Cooking verbs in English


If you rinse foods such as fruit, vegetables, pasta, etc. you wash or cool them under running water.

  • Before you cook quinoa, you need to rinse it to remove slime.
  • Rinse the mushrooms and set them aside.


Roasting is cooking meat, beans, nuts etc. in an oven.

  • We roasted some lamb for dinner.
  • Roast the peanuts in the oven on moderate heat for 15 minutes ad then let them cool completely.
Cooking verbs in English


Saute is a French word referring to frying food in a pan on low heat.

  • Saute the garlic and onions in a frying pan for five minutes or until they’re lightly brown.
  • Place the vegetables in a saute pan and simmer until soft.

Cooking verbs in English


To scramble means to mix food, especially tofu or eggs.

  • Paul scrambled some eggs with cheese for breakfast.
  • You can scramble any kind of tofu.


If you simmer food, you cook it with liquid on very low heat.

  • Allow the mushrooms to simmer for a few minutes and then add vegetables.
  • Bring the soup to a boil and let it simmer for a few minutes.


To whisk means to beat eggs or other liquid with a fork in order to make it light.

  • Whisk butter and eggs until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff.
Cooking verbs in English
Cooking verbs in English

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