Saute definition

sō-tā, sô-
To fry lightly in fat in a shallow open pan.
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Fried quickly in a little fat.
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A dish of food so prepared.
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To fry quickly in a pan with a little fat.
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A sautéed dish.
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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.
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Alternative form of sauté.
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Origin of saute

  • French sautéd from past participle of sauter to leap from Old French from Latin saltāre saltation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French sauté, past participle of sauter, to jump, because the cook shakes the pan to make the food move around

    From Wiktionary