au bleu

adjective (or adverb)

: cooked by boiling in acidulated water immediately after being killed and cleaned but without being washed or scaled
used especially of trout

Word History


French, literally, to the blue; from the fact that the skin of fish cooked in this manner turns blue

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of au bleu was in 1776

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“Au bleu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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