\ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Continue cooking on low heat for 45 minutes, until the squid is braised and tender. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: How to make Bellota’s ‘San Francisco Treat’ Paella," 10 July 2019 Serve braised goat with fuchsia berry chutney and sweet potato flatbread 11. National Geographic, "Braised Goat Leg & Shoulder," 2 July 2019 Tender braised lamb belly is contrasted by a light citrus and olive salad, dressed with an emulsion of simple lettuce and olive oil. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 But Nonni’s Sunday chicken, simply braised with mushrooms and white wine and paired with crisp polenta, exemplifies Rancho Pinot’s appeal. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Lamb is braised to a point where knives aren’t necessary to eat the soft meat, swollen with the flavor of spicy, smoky and slightly sweet chiles. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat (and drink) right now — plus one to avoid," 24 June 2019 Specials change day-to-day, from caramel-scented braised pork belly to fried shrimp, heads and all (Le will encourage you to eat them whole). Michael Russell,, "Matta blazes a new trail for Vietnamese food in Portland," 20 June 2019 For dinner, tuck into an entree, like the impossibly tender braised lamb shank ($19) in tomato sauce with scalloped potatoes, or the beef kabob made with top-notch filet mignon ($19) served with basmati rice and steamed veggies. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Inside Lafayette’s new Middle Eastern bistro, Lavash," 19 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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