transitive + intransitive
: to cook (food) too much or for too long
- … Americans have finally learned not to overcook their fish.
- —Craig Claiborne
- … relatively small pieces of meat or fish that are easily overcooked and, as a result, become dry …
- —Jerry Anne Di Vecchio
- … has come up with a slightly fussy method … that keeps the breast meat from overcooking.
- —Jeremy Sauer
- Keep testing for doneness, because it can overcook in an instant and almost disintegrate.
- —Eric Hastie
- Whisk together over low heat until the mixture thickens … being careful not to overcook or it will curdle.
- —Larry Forgione
… serving rubbery, overcooked meals …
… the vegetables … were crisp, not overcooked.
—The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News
… as floppy as a strand of overcooked spaghetti.