\ 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

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 The menu is based on a classic brasserie, with escargot, braised artichokes with white wine butter sauce and raw bar available. Marc Bona,, "Serenite Restaurant in Medina: Sneak peek," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Try using it instead of stock for your next stew or braise and save yourself time, effort, and money. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "The Best Substitute for Homemade Chicken Stock Is Free," 30 Apr. 2018 Reduce the grill temperature to about 400 degrees or as needed to let the meat braise and the liquids simmer. Roxanne Wyss And Kathy Moore, kansascity, "Flavorful roast beef highlights this dad’s skill with the grill," 19 June 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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