Phrasal Verbs Related to Food and Cooking

Hi English learners! Do you use cooking recipes written in English? If the answer is yes, keep reading because we will look at 10 phrasal verbs related to food and cooking.

Here is the list:

  • Boil down
  • Bolt down
  • Cut off
  • Eat out
  • Eat up
  • Mix in
  • Pick at
  • Pig out
  • Warm up
  • Whip up

Boil down

Meaning: to reduce the amount of liquid by cooking it.

  • Boil down the sauce in a pan until it becomes thicker.
  • If you boil down the stew, the meat and vegetables will become tender.

Phrasal verbs related to food and cooking

Boil over

Meaning: when a liquid boils and flows over the top of the pan.

  • Margaret ran into the kitchen when she heard that the milk was boiling over.
  • Cook the soup on low heat and don’t let it boil over.

Bolt down

Meaning: to eat very quickly.

  • John was in a hurry, so he bolted down his breakfast and ran to the door.
  • You’ll get a stomachache if you bolt down your food like that.

Cut off

Meaning: to remove parts of food by cutting it.

  • Jane cut off the tops of the peppers and put them in a pot.
  • Before you boil the spinach, cut off the stems.

Phrasal verbs related to food and cooking

Eat out

Meaning: to eat in a restaurant or a cafe.

  • I don’t feel like cooking. Why don’t we eat out?
  • We usually eat out on Saturdays.

Eat up

Meaning: to eat all the food on your plate.

  • Michael is a good boy, he’s eaten up all his food.
  • Make sure you’ve eaten up everything if you want to go out.

Mix in

Meaning: to add a liquid or some other substance to another.

  • Mix in the butter with dry ingredients.
  • When the sauce is cooked, mix in the herbs and cook for another few minutes.

Phrasal verbs related to food and cooking

Pick at

Meaning: to eat slowly and in small bites.

  • Peter wasn’t hungry, so he picked at his lunch while watching TV.
  • Don’t pick at your breakfast. We don’t have all day.

Pig out

Meaning: to eat a lot of food.

  • On Sunday evening, we watched TV and pigged out on pizza.
  • If you want to lose weight, you shouldn’t pig out, especially at night.

Warm up

Meaning: to heat a meal which had been cooked before.

  • It’s very convenient to have a cooked meal in your fridge so you can just warm it up and eat it when you don’t feel like cooking.
  • I want to warm up milk before I pour it into my coffee.

Whip up

Meaning: to prepare food quickly.

  • I don’t have much time, so I’ll whip up an omelette.
  • Why don’t you whip up some pancakes for dinner?
Phrasal Verbs Related to Food and Cooking
Phrasal Verbs Related to Food and Cooking

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