Onions being sauted in a pan.
transitive verbsau·téed, sau·té·ing, sau·tés
To fry lightly in fat in a shallow open pan.
A dish of food so prepared.
Origin of sauteFrench, sautéd, from past participle of sauter, to leap, from Old French, from Latin saltāre; see saltation.
(third-person singular simple present sautés, present participle sautéing, simple past and past participle sautéed)
- To cook (food) using a small amount of fat in an open pan over a relatively high heat, allowing the food to brown and form a crust stopping it from sticking to the pan as it cooks.