\ 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 Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and braise the beets until a sharp knife or toothpick pierces easily to the center of a beet. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vegan cookbook from Wildseed chef in San Francisco gets creative. Here are 5 tips," 12 Apr. 2021 And if the heat source can’t keep up, the meat will braise in its own juices, failing to sear properly and eventually becoming dry, overcooked, and chewy. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "The 5 Most Common Wild Game Cooking Misktakes (And How to Fix Them)," 24 Feb. 2021 It can be used to braise, sear, steam, strain, sauté, fry and boil, as well as store food. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "Our Place is having a sale on gift cards and you can use them on the famous Always Pan," 22 Dec. 2020 Then, the main event: Beef short ribs — a nod to the Kenyan Maasai side of her family — go in the oven to braise for hours in a tomato and red pepper stew influenced by the Nigerian half of her family. Los Angeles Times, "The season for cooking too much — and sharing it all," 20 Dec. 2020 Generally, a leaner cut like rack of lamb will take 15-18 minutes to cook through in a hot oven (450°F), while a thicker cut like lamb shank will braise for 6 hours in the slow-cooker. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "Cooking Temperatures and Tips for Lamb to Ensure It's Just Right Every Time," 15 Dec. 2020 Slow cook chili or soup, bake delicious bread to a crisp, and braise meat to fall-off-the-bone tenderness using this heavyweight cocotte. Kennedy Vogel, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Black Friday Deals on Home and Kitchen—Including Sales on Instant Pot, iRobot, and OXO," 24 Nov. 2020 Gently braise both stems and leaves in oil or butter with a few cloves of garlic, and Swiss chard turns tender and slightly sweet, making a terrific side dish to chicken or pork. Seasonal Kitchen Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, "Anything kale can do, Swiss chard can do better," 23 Sep. 2020 Slice radicchio raw into slaws and salads for balanced flavors, or saute or braise like cabbage. Judy Walker,, "Surprise vegetables in farmers market boxes can jazz up your meals: Try these easy recipes," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then, a handful of garlic, a few sprigs of rosemary and some apple cider vinegar marry with the onions during a three-hour braise that gives the lamb a delicate, sweet sourness. Los Angeles Times, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 25 Mar. 2021 However, for those looking for a heavily herbaceous, crunchy, bright, sweet and pungent braise that feels very comforting yet new and exciting, this is it. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Have a taste of spring with this bright, herbaceous pork shoulder," 2 Apr. 2021 Then, a handful of garlic, a few sprigs of rosemary and some apple cider vinegar marry with the onions during a three-hour braise that gives the lamb a delicate, sweet sourness. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "An Easter feast as tribute to the best of spring," 1 Apr. 2021 The leg and thigh are removed as one piece to be cooked low and slow, most often in a braise or gumbo. Outdoor Life, "Why Do I Salvage Every Scrap from Ducks and Geese? It’s Cheaper," 8 Mar. 2021 Kale and chicken thighs stand up equally to a braise in olive brine, which suffuses each with deep umami flavor. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Baked dishes made for sharing," 7 Mar. 2021 In came the idea to turn this braise into something totally different: a salad that’s equally warming and exciting. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sweet, smoky Korean-style ribs bring heat to a winter salad," 19 Feb. 2021 The process takes only a few minutes and yields a light, flavorful milk that works beautifully in the chicken braise, as well as for cooking the rice. Christopher Kimball,, "Three recipes that take the guesswork out of braising chicken," 2 Feb. 2021 On one menu, there was a fortifying Mediterranean pork stew with black chickpeas ($13), thick and slippery from the slow braise of the meat and perfect for a bone-chilling winter night. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "At Lou's Takeaway in San Rafael, modern California sensibilities shine through singular comfort food," 4 Feb. 2021

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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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“Braise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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