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braised; braising

transitive verb

: to cook slowly in fat and a small amount of liquid in a closed pot


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: an item of braised food

Examples of braise in a Sentence

Verb He braised the beef in a wine sauce.
Recent Examples on the Web
Lamb shoulder works great for Middle Eastern braises. Ben Jarrell, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Try the whole roasted yellowtail for two, black grouper or espresso braised short rib. Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 With the ability to fry, braise, sear, steam, sauté, and boil all within one pot, this Dutch oven can replace a variety of cookware and is indispensable in the kitchen. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 They’re braised for hours, directly in their soaking liquid, with Parmigiano-Reggiano rinds, bay leaves and fresh thyme sprigs. Eric Kim, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Generous entrees include maple bourbon chicken and braised beef short rib. Lydia Price, Travel + Leisure, 17 Jan. 2024 The restaurant will specialize in dumplings of every ilk — xiaolongbao, pan-fried and steamed — along with noodle and rice bowls, scallion pancakes and squid salad, and dim sum from shrimp siu mai to braised chicken feet. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 Instead, these filling meals put vegetables center stage, often involving lavish amounts of legumes braised in olive oil and tomato — plus plenty of crusty bread to sop up the juices. Christopher Kimball, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2023 With the ability to sauté, fry, stem, braise, sear, and boil in just one pot, this Dutch oven can easily replace other cookware pieces, which frees up more space in your cabinets. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024
Or for some more affordable cast iron, grab this Lodge Dutch oven that’s ideal for soups, stews, braises, and other hearty meals for winter. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 There’s the soft creaminess a single ripe tomato can lend to a simple vegetable braise, or the way overlapping slices brown, their sugars bittersweet, on the surface of a gratin. Emily Horton, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Ideal for: Beans, stews, braises, large cuts of meat, cheesecake Pro tip: Dairy can curdle under pressure, so consider stirring it in at the end of cooking instead. Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 Give your hearty stews, succulent braises, and creamy chicken pot pies a new abode in this high-quality cast iron vessel that's oven-safe for up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Wendy Vazquez, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Jan. 2024 And its cuisine, which is defined by its simple but full-flavored approach to cooking vegetables, hearty stews and braises, and delicate desserts made with almond flour, ricotta and sour cherries, is unlike any other in the world. Leah Koenig, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 15 of 15 Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie The new appreciation for whiskey goes beyond drinking and finds its way into sauces, braises, and especially desserts. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 3 Jan. 2024 For a cool-weather meal that feeds a crowd, consider a braise. David Tanis, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 This easy braise has a little heat and a lot to rave about, especially when paired with a simple avocado salad and a cozy rice pudding in this David Tanis menu. David Tanis, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



French braiser, from braise live coals, from Old French breze, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Swedish brasa fire

First Known Use


1797, in the meaning defined above


circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of braise was in 1797

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“Braise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


braised; braising
: to cook slowly in fat and little moisture in a covered pot

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