variants or less commonly pan fry or panfry
pan-fried also pan fried or panfried; pan-frying also pan frying or panfrying; pan-fries also pan fries or panfries

transitive verb

: to cook in a frying pan with a small amount of fat
Pan-fry the onions until golden-brown.
The fish fillets may be baked or pan-fried.

Examples of pan-fry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baking it on a sheet pan eliminates the need to stand at the stove, pan-frying slices in batches. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2024 The Iron Skillet has pan-fried its last piece of chicken — at least for now. Bradley Hohulin, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2024 The sauce is spooned over trout filets that have been coated in flour and pan-fried in butter. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 26 Apr. 2024 Once the butter is foaming, add the steak and pan-fry it until it's browned on one side, which should take about 3 minutes. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2024 Pound the chicken thin to ensure an even cook, then dredge it in flour, and give it a quick pan-fry in butter. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 Use it for the crispiest potatoes, for pan-frying fish, steak, or chicken, roasted vegetables, for sauces like a classic hollandaise, tossed into popcorn, or in rice dishes like risotto. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Nov. 2023 Reach for it to perfectly fry eggs and sear hunks of meat and any other pan-frying and roasting jobs. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 Or don’t even turn the oven on and pan-fry the gnocchi with greens. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 20 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pan-fry was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Pan-fry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


panfried; panfrying
: to cook in a frying pan with a small amount of fat
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