\ 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


He braised the beef in a wine sauce.

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Chawanmushi, a savory custard which has also appeared at Olmsted, is made new and complex here with artichoke barigoule (braised in white wine, a Provençal preparation). Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 June 2019 Serve coq au vin with braising liquid poured over and all around. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appetit, "Instant Pot Coq au Vin," 19 Mar. 2018 Nashville’s Rolf and Daughters braises mushrooms in kelp stock. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Seaweed the Perfect Food?," 15 Feb. 2019 The original recipe calls for braising the meat in a red Burgundy, Gevrey-Chambertin. Bill St. John,, "How to cook without alcohol but get the same flavors," 25 Apr. 2018 Also, like chicken, lean rabbit meat easily drys out, and benefits from slow cooking techniques like braising. Fox News, "Meats that really do 'taste like chicken'," 28 Sep. 2015 In a medium roasting pan or braising pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Everyone’s Secret-Favorite Thanksgiving Dish," 8 Nov. 2018 Among the starters are a honeynut squash and goat cheese salad with apples and spiced pepitas; and diners can enjoy their turkey either roasted, in a pot pie, or braised with a side of brandied mushroom risotto. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 Beet greens are also tasty raw, braised, or stir-fried. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Beets This Fall for a Hearty Autumn Harvest," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Then, caramelize onions and apples, along with beer, to create a braise for simmering the links into rich goodness. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Whether chorizo or brats, you can't mark Father's Day without sausage," 11 June 2019 Where to eat Bundu Khan is a Pakistani kebab house with a commendable menu of hard-to-find dishes, such as paya, a cozy braise of cow or goat feet with a silky, peppery sauce. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "A Day at Queens Farm (and the Restaurants You Should Dig Into Afterward)," 5 June 2019 This grill and smoker is versatile enough to also bake, roast, braise and barbecue on. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "5 Best Pellet Grills to Buy in 2019, According to Kitchen Appliance and Tech Experts," 27 Feb. 2019 The process should take about the same time required for the potatoes to become fully tender and succulent in their buttery braise. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Way You’ll Be Making Scrambled Eggs From Now On," 11 Jan. 2019 Brown, Baby, Brown The first step to a successful braise is to brown the meat. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "How to Braise Meat without a Recipe (Seriously!)," 19 Feb. 2018 Bring the contents of the pan to a gentle simmer, cover tightly, slightly reduce the heat, and allow to braise on the stove top for 30 minutes. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Braised Chicken Legs with Shallots and Vinegar," 22 Feb. 2013 In the same pan, add the shallots or onions, measured water, remaining butter and the sugar and braise over a medium-low heat for 15–20 minutes until browned and soft on the outside. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 Deglaze with stock, cover, and braise for 45 to 60 minutes, until the internal temperature is 130 degrees. House Beautiful, "Miles Angelo's Brined Turkey, Herb-and-Mustard-Stuffed Legs, Gold Corn Brioche Dressing and Giblet Gravy," 1 Nov. 2012

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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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