overcook

verb over·cook \ ˌō-vər-ˈku̇k \

Definition of overcook

overcooked; overcooking
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

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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