overcook

verb
over·​cook | \ ˌō-vər-ˈku̇k How to pronounce overcook (audio) \
overcooked; overcooking

Definition of overcook

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

Other Words from overcook

overcooked adjective
… serving rubbery, overcooked meals … — James Suckling … the vegetables … were crisp, not overcooked. The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News … as floppy as a strand of overcooked spaghetti. Science

First Known Use of overcook

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcook. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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