\ ˈbrāz How to pronounce braise (audio) \
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

Verb He braised the beef in a wine sauce.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For Sunday brunch, Bonobo has plates such as Belgian waffles with strawberries ($11), braised beef Benedict ($14) and lemon poppy cakes with honey yogurt ($11). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bonobo American Bistro in Shorewood weaves healthier options into its menu," 7 Feb. 2020 At Leo, Scarlet Runners, an heirloom variety, are gently braised with garlic, rosemary, and sage until easily crushed between the teeth but still firm and meaty, generously salted, and finished with a glug of grassy olive oil. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Leo Has Its Finger on the Pulse," 31 Jan. 2020 On the high end, Li says, only the rich can afford soup made with palm civet (a cat-size mammal native to jungles throughout Southeast Asia), fried cobra, or braised bear paw. National Geographic, "More Chinese push to end wildlife markets as WHO declares coronavirus emergency," 30 Jan. 2020 Steaks are more often served family-style, and many dishes forego steak in favor of ground meat, organs, or lean cuts braised until tender. Stacy Adimando, Saveur, "Italy’s Most Delicious Steak, on a Weeknight at Home," 28 May 2019 The sheen comes from incorporating pork skin into the braising liquid, says Hearn, and adding a knob of butter before the beef leaves the kitchen. Washington Post, "Brasserie Liberté adds some French twists to Georgetown," 15 Jan. 2020 Then there’s the beef shank and brisket, both braised to peak fall-apart-y texture. Rachel Karten, Bon Appétit, "I Fought L.A. Traffic Just for This Beef Noodle Soup," 6 Jan. 2020 These tender braised Instant Pot short ribs are the newest star of Christmas dinner, no effort required. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Short Ribs with Creamy Polenta," 21 Dec. 2019 Pasta with tomato and eggplant sauce, Chinese braised beef short ribs with bok choy, chicken breast with Mexican rice, and Jiangxi-style white fish with jasmine rice were among the entrée offerings. Los Angeles Times, "How many meals were served on that 19-hour flight? Fewer than you’d think," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keep the braise or soup over low heat for hours as a make-shift slow-cooker. Tara Duggan,, "PG&E outage: Freezer and refrigerator tips during and after a power shutoff," 10 Oct. 2019 The addition of a swarthy square or two to a sauce or gravy can transform a braise, chili, stew or pie filling into a dish of intrigue, like an unseen hand working culinary magic in the pan. Sue Quinn, Washington Post, "Go ahead, have chocolate for dinner: Why you should cook with it, and not just dessert," 4 Oct. 2019 Yogurt, buttermilk, and tamarind all will add acid to your dressing, your braise—anything! Andy Baraghani, Bon Appétit, "Your Yogurt Better Be Full Fat—and More Essential Cooking Rules From Andy Baraghani," 25 Sep. 2019 The highlight is the coniglio e animelle, rabbit three ways: tender legs, sausage, and sweetbreads, topped with giant capers, crunchy snap peas, and a braise sauce sweetened with mostarda, made with apricot, pear, orange, and mustard. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Rezdôra Brings Northern Italy to New York City," 9 Aug. 2019 Sweet and refreshing shrimp cocktail, roasted chile relleno packed with shrimp, enchiladas with chicken and the sharp twang of tomatillo, chilaquiles at brunch with a rich braise of pork in chipotle sauce. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Aldaco’s Mexican Cuisine restaurant is mid-level Mexican food in San Antonio’s Stone Oak," 22 Aug. 2019 The tenderness that dark meat chicken is known for gets turned up to 11 with a braise. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Best Cheap Cuts of Meat for Braising," 19 Feb. 2018 Put pork pieces in the pan with the hot oil and braise on medium-high heat until seared on all sides. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carnitas street tacos you can make at home," 30 July 2019 Place roasting pan in a 285F degree oven and braise slowly until goat is fork tender. National Geographic, "Braised Goat Leg & Shoulder," 2 July 2019

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Braise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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: to cook (food) slowly in fat and a small amount of liquid in a covered pot

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