Cooking Verbs: List of 20+ Useful Cooking Words in English

If you are spending a lot of time in the kitchen whether that is for fun or because it is your job, it will be very useful to have a good knowledge of cooking verbs which can really help when it comes to communicating with other people in the kitchen. Cooking is something that we all need to do and when you are with English speaking people, you experience can be made much more simple by having the right vocabulary for the job.

Cooking Verbs

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Cooking verbs or kitchen verbs are verbs that frequently appear when reading the cooking instructions in recipes. Learn these useful cooking terms to enhance your cooking vocabulary words.

Cooking Terms List

  • Break
  • Melt
  • Spread
  • Layer
  • Roll out
  • Fry
  • Peel
  • Mix
  • Whip
  • Saute
  • Taste
  • Cut
  • Chop
  • Slice
  • Grate
  • Boil
  • Steam
  • Pinch
  • Pour
  • Add
  • Barbecue
  • Roast
  • Bake
  • Stir
  • Weigh

Learn these cooking words to improve your vocabulary in English.

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Cooking Words with Pictures and Examples

Break

To separate something into smaller pieces.

  • Example: Break the chocolate into small pieces before melting it.

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Melt

To change a solid substance into a liquid by heating it.

  • Example: Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

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Spread

To apply a thin layer of a substance over a surface.

  • Example: Spread the jam on the toast evenly.

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Layer

To arrange something in layers, one on top of the other.

  • Example: Layer the lasagna noodles with the meat sauce and cheese.

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Roll out

To flatten dough or pastry with a rolling pin to a desired thickness.

  • Example: Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface.

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Fry

To cook something in hot oil or fat.

  • Example: Fry the chicken until it’s golden brown.

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Peel

To remove the skin or outer layer of something.

  • Example: Peel the potatoes before boiling them.

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Mix

To combine two or more substances together.

  • Example: Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl.

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Whip

To beat a substance with a whisk or mixer to incorporate air and make it fluffy.

  • Example: Whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks.

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Saute

To cook food quickly in a small amount of oil or fat over high heat.

  • Example: Saute the onions until they’re translucent.

 

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Taste

To sample food to assess its flavor.

  • Example: Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning if necessary.

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Cut

To divide something into smaller pieces using a knife or other cutting tool.

  • Example: Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces.

 

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Chop

To cut something into small, irregular pieces.

  • Example: Chop the nuts finely for the salad.

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Slice

To cut something into thin, flat pieces.

  • Example: Slice the bread for the sandwiches.

 

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Grate

To shred something into small pieces using a grater.

  • Example: Grate the cheese for the pizza topping.

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Boil

To heat a liquid until it reaches its boiling point and bubbles rapidly.

  • Example: Boil the water before adding the pasta.

 

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Steam

To cook food by exposing it to steam from boiling water.

  • Example: Steam the vegetables until they’re tender.

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Pinch

To take a small amount of something between your fingers.

  • Example: Pinch some salt and pepper to season the dish.

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Pour

To transfer a liquid from one container to another.

  • Example: Pour the milk into the mixing bowl.

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Add

To put something into a mixture or dish to increase its flavor or quantity.

  • Example: Add the garlic and herbs to the tomato sauce.

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Barbecue

To cook food on a grill or over an open flame.

  • Example: Barbecue the burgers on the grill until they’re cooked through.

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Roast

To cook food in an oven, usually at a high temperature.

  • Example: Roast the chicken in the oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Bake

To cook food in an oven, usually at a lower temperature than roasting.

  • Example: Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350°F.

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Stir

To mix a substance by moving it around in a circular motion.

  • Example: Stir the risotto constantly until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.

 

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Weigh

To measure the weight of something using a scale.

  • Example: Weigh the flour and sugar before adding them to the mixing bowl.

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