\ 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 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 The cooking process is easy: just let the meat braise on the stove, in the oven or on the grill for about three hours. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to make beef birria tacos at home," 31 Aug. 2020 The key to making these meatballs is to brown them first in a skillet and then braise them in a sauce of red wine and tomatoes. Saveur Editors, Saveur, "Our Best Classic Italian Recipes for Red-Sauced, Olive-Oiled Glory," 30 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If that’s not doable, go ahead and throw some orange rind in your soup or braise. Washington Post, "How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking," 23 Dec. 2020 In a sauce, soup or braise, beef broth can replace red wine. Washington Post, "How to substitute for alcohol in cooking and baking," 23 Dec. 2020 When used to make a braise, chicken thighs and carrots were tender and not mushy. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "9 Best Dutch Ovens, According to Cooking Experts," 9 Nov. 2020 Stews and braises: Make your favorite stew or braise — beef, lamb, veal, chicken. James P. Dewan,, "You’ve mastered bone broth. Now turn it into glace — cubes of unparalleled deliciousness that will transform any dish.," 25 Sep. 2020 The oil slick is where the flavor is, fortified by the flintstone heat of chiles across long and short fibers of beef rendered soft in the long, slow braise. Mike Sutter,, "5 great Mexican restaurants for birria tacos in San Antonio: Birotes Tortas Ahogadas, Birria Barrio, Birriería Estilo Jalisco, Birriería y Taquería Ay Arandas and El Remedio," 3 Sep. 2020 Easy enough to be your weeknight go-to, this braise makes use of canned tomatoes and a healthy dose of garlic. TheWeek, "Chicken thighs, 13 ways," 16 Aug. 2020 In Malacca, a wine-rich braise that was a favorite in Lisbon was refracted as devil curry, a fiercely spicy stew traditionally made with Christmas meats and vinegar. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "500 Years Ago, This Port Linked East to West. Its Fate Was to Fade Away.," 11 Apr. 2020 For the mom who gravitates toward one-pot recipes: A dutch oven A mom who loves cooking new dishes needs one trusty tool that can make pots of stew, braise meat, sauté vegetables, and more. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "25 Mother’s Day gifts moms actually want," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Dec 2020

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“Braise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of braise

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

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