\ˈbrāz \
braised; braising

Definition of braise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



Definition of braise (Entry 2 of 2)

: an item of braised food

Examples of braise in a Sentence


He braised the beef in a wine sauce.

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These pack braised beef, pimento cheese and Wickles pickles between two adorably miniature buns. Andy Staples,, "Turnaround Artist Dave Clawson and Wake Forest Are Cooking With Gas Now," 4 June 2018 From there flavorings have grown and gone upscale to include bacon to blue cheese, braised short ribs to truffle oil., "TAVERN IN THE SQUARE," 23 May 2018 In switching from catering giant gigs to running a minuscule kitchen, McPherson abandoned the hearty braised meats and the tall cakes in favor of the most popular dish from her food-truck days: rosemary fried chicken. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fernay McPherson and the movement that found success away from her native Fillmore," 11 May 2018 The buffet includes made-to-order omelets, a selection of entrees such as Nutella French toast and braised short rib, plus seafood, seasonal salads and assorted cheeses and charcuterie. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "11 Chicago restaurants offering great brunch buffets," 13 July 2018 Egozcue’s specialties include snapper tiradito, braised shortribs and a unique gazpacho with strawberries and tomatoes. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "What happened to Bookstore in the Grove?," 12 June 2018 During the winter, when stews are a comfort-food supper, the pot does a masterful job of braising meats and vegetables to fork-tender morsels. Linda Giuca And Christopher Prosperi,, "Slow-Cooker Pork Recipe Lets You Enjoy Outdoors Then Enjoy Dinner," 7 May 2018 The menu included a smoked tomato bisque, and a main course choice of Atlantic cod or braised beef. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 The breakfast/lunch/dinner concept offers curried chicken, South African fajitas, naan bread tacos, braised oxtail with yellow rice, English fish and chips with peppadew tartar sauce, rotisserie chicken, and a variety of sandwiches. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Peli Peli Kitchen to open in Houston's new Whole Foods Market 365," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Try using it instead of stock for your next stew or braise and save yourself time, effort, and money. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "The Best Substitute for Homemade Chicken Stock Is Free," 30 Apr. 2018 Reduce the grill temperature to about 400 degrees or as needed to let the meat braise and the liquids simmer. Roxanne Wyss And Kathy Moore, kansascity, "Flavorful roast beef highlights this dad’s skill with the grill," 19 June 2018 When Binita Pradhan and her crew at Bini’s Kitchen work together to fold momo (Nepalese dumplings), toast spices and braise fragrant stews, the conversation flows in Nepali, Tibetan and Hindi, punctuated with a little English. San Francisco Chronicle, "The chain of service: How a restaurant powers a community here and abroad," 25 May 2018 Check periodically to make sure there’s a sufficient liquid level, and stir the braise to make sure the bottom doesn’t stick. Joseph Hernandez,, "Celebrating black heritage cuisine that helps honor the past," 12 Feb. 2018 Cover the pan tightly with a lid or foil, place in oven and braise until tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Claire Perez,, "Tender short ribs a signature dish," 30 Mar. 2018 His kimchi bouillabaisse is based on a South Korean fish stew, and his Korean beef bourguignon is similar to the long, slow French braise. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "French Techniques and Korean Ingredients Meet Up in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn," 13 Mar. 2018 The roast pork sandwich, meanwhile, is a classic Philly flavor bomb boosted with garlicky herbs and a little milk in the Italian-style braise to add extra intensity. Craig Laban,, "Yards brewery is better, not just bigger, with move and ambitious new taproom," 23 Mar. 2018 Transfer to the oven and braise (middle rack) for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until the meat is fork-tender. Sara Moulton, sacbee, "Oy yah! Gotta love a brisket with matzoh ball dumplings | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of braise


1797, in the meaning defined above


circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for braise


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

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