ADD: To put ingredients together; to put an ingredient with others.
Add more sugar to the dish if necessary.
BAKE: To cook in an oven using heat and without extra fat, oil or liquid.
It smells good in the kitchen because I’m baking cookies.
BARBECUE: To cook food (usually meat) using fire or hot coals on a grill outside.
I’m going to barbecue some chicken for lunch.
BEAT: To stir (usually eggs, cream or butter) quickly and continually to make a smooth or frothy mixture.
Beat the egg whites until they starts to thicken.
BLEND: To mix two or more substances so they combine together. Often done in a blender which has quickly rotating blades.
You can blend fruit to make your own smoothie.
BOIL: To heat a liquid until little bubbles form or cook something using water.
Boil the rice until it is cooked.
BREAK: To separate into smaller parts by force.
Break the eggs into a glass bowl.
BROIL: To cook meat or vegetables on a rack with an extremely high temperature.
CARVE: To cut meat into slices.
Who is going to carve the Thanksgiving turkey?
CHOP: To cut into small pieces, generally used with vegetables.
Chop the spring onions then add them to the dish.
COMBINE: To put two or more things together.
COOK: To prepare food by heating it so that it is not raw and can be eaten.
Cook the chicken until there are no pink parts.
CRUSH: To cause to separate or flatten by extreme force, often used with garlic.
CUT: To separate or divide a solid by using a knife.
He cut the meat into little pieces.
DRAIN: to remove excess liquid from food after washing or cooking it.
Drain the water from the pot of spaghetti.
FRY: To cook by putting the food into extremely hot oil.
I fried some bacon and eggs for breakfast.
GRATE: To divide into small parts by rubbing on a serrated surface, usually used with cheese.
Grate a large carrot and add it to the salad.
GREASE: To coat with oil or butter.
Make sure you grease the pan before putting the mix in otherwise the cake will stick to the sides.
GRILL: To cook by putting the food on a grill; similar to barbecue. Also refers to heating the food under a grill in a cooker which radiates heat downwards.
KNEAD: To press and stretch dough with your hands. Usually used when making bread.
Knead the dough for the pizza base.
MEASURE: To obtain an exact quantity or amount of an ingredient.
Measure exactly half a teaspoon of curry.
MELT: to make something become liquid through heating.
Melt the butter before adding it to the mix.
MICROWAVE: To heat up food with a microwave oven.
Remove the food from the metal container before you microwave it.
MINCE: to grind food, normally meat, into small pieces. A machine is often used to do this.
MIX: To combine two or more things using a spoon, spatula, or electric mixer.
Mix the flour, melted butter and sugar together.
OPEN: To remove the top from a can or jar.
PEEL: To remove the skin or outer layer from fruit or vegetables.
Peel the potatoes before boiling them.
POUR: To transfer liquid from one container to another.
Pour the chocolate sauce over the pears.
ROAST: To cook (usually meat and vegetables) in the oven or over a fire.
We are going to roast the chicken and vegetables.
SAUTÉ: To quickly fry food by placing it in hot oil in a frying pan.
SCRAMBLE: To mix the white and yellow parts of eggs together while cooking them in a pan.
Scramble the eggs in a frying pan.
SIFT: to put a fine substance through a sieve so as to remove lumps or large particles.
Sift the flour into a large bowl.
SLICE: To cut into thin or wide portions that are of similar size.
Slice the tomatoes and add them to the salad.
SPRINKLE: to cover an object or surface with small drops or particles of a substance.
Sprinkle icing sugar over the cake.
SQUEEZE: to extract a liquid or soft substance from something by compressing it firmly.
Squeeze the juice from three lemons.
STEAM: To cook by placing the food above boiling water. Steam is the vapor that comes from hot water.
STIR: To mix liquid ingredients by moving a spoon around in a circular motion.
Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
STIR-FRY: To cook small pieces of food by moving it quickly in a wok or pan with hot oil.
I’m going to stir-fry these vegetables.
TENDERIZE: to make meat softer and easier to eat by beating it or adding marinade before cooking it.
I think we should tenderize the steak before cooking it.
WASH: To immerse food in water to make sure it becomes clean.
Wash the strawberries before cutting them into pieces.
WEIGH: To measure the weight (grams, ounces or pounds) of something.
Weigh the mix to make sure you have the right amount.
WHISH: to mix liquids, eggs, etc. into a stiff light mass, using a fork or a special tool (such as a whisk).
Whisk all of the eggs together with the milk.