\ 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 An elegant metallic exterior that complements any kitchen décor lets cooks simmer, sauté, fry, boil and braise in style. Mark Heim |, al, "July 4th deals: Wayfair offers up to 70% sales on outdoor, kitchen, bath, bedding, furniture & more," 26 June 2020 Their wine was paired with beef stroganoff and braised greens prepared by Bachand. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Million-dollar convoy of Oregon wine delivers smiles to coronavirus caregivers," 7 May 2020 The Dutch Oven is perfect for braising, slow-cooking and roasting. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "Le Creuset is having an online sale for the first time ever – here are some deals worth checking out," 9 Apr. 2020 Sides include sweet potatoes, cornbread, andouille dressing, grits, creamy coleslaw, baked beans and braised mustard greens. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-area restaurants open on Thanksgiving: 2019 edition," 31 Oct. 2019 In Sweden, they might be smoked, braised in beer, or fried in butter; in Italy, boiled in tomato sauce; in England, jellied in stock, or fried with eggs into an elver cake. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Where Do Eels Come From?," 18 May 2020 Pork braised in its own fat till crispy but still tender? Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "It’s Only Tuesday But I’m Already Planning My Weekend Around Carnitas," 12 May 2020 The first preview menu for San Ho Won features a main of short rib braised in pear and grilled over charcoal, plus fresh-milled rice cakes with spring garlic and asparagus. Janelle Bitker,, "Corey Lee turns S.F.’s Benu into preview for Korean restaurant San Ho Won," 7 Apr. 2020 Same for his restaurant, where beef tongue is braised in sour beer, then cooked down with sugar to form a glaze. Washington Post, "Hanumanh serves Laotian dishes and drinks so exciting they make a critic long to be a regular," 19 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 At this point, the braise is ready to serve straight from the skillet. Los Angeles Times, "How to Boil Water: Braised chicken is the most comforting one-pan meal," 1 Apr. 2020 Like this kimchi bacon chicken braise, a personal favorite of mine. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "You Need a Dutch Oven—But It Doesn't Need to Cost $300," 19 Feb. 2018 The Claypot Chicken quick-braising sauce and Lo Soi Pork sauce for a slow braise were dark, fairly thin and spicy. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Shortcuts to a Vietnamese Dinner," 10 Feb. 2020 Rather than a slow braise, the multicooker works by creating a sealed environment. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Slow cookers vs. multicookers (a.k.a. Instant Pots): Which is right for you?," 23 Dec. 2019 When it’s nearly done, crank the oven and brown the top again, restoring the crust lost in the braise and reducing the liquid to a rich spoonable sauce. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "30 Christmas & Holiday Roast Recipes You Need," 4 Dec. 2019 Keep the braise or soup over low heat for hours as a make-shift slow-cooker. Tara Duggan,, "PG&E outage: Freezer and refrigerator tips during and after a power shutoff," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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30 Jun 2020

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“Braise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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

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