pre·​cook (ˌ)prē-ˈku̇k How to pronounce precook (audio)
precooked; precooking; precooks

transitive verb

: to cook partially or entirely before final cooking or reheating

Examples of precook in a Sentence

He precooked the chicken before he grilled it. The pasta should be precooked and allowed to cool.
Recent Examples on the Web If using fresh pineapple, slice thinly and even precook lightly for a similar effect. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 13 May 2024 One option is to precook the bacon only and simply assemble the rest of the ingredients. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 10 Apr. 2024 Chipotle now prepares certain ingredients ahead of time in centralized locations, marinating chicken in plastic bags rather than large bowls as the chain had done prior, pre-chops tomatoes off-site, uses sous vide to precook steak, and all in all vets everything more thoroughly. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 30 Nov. 2023 The microwave makes quick work of cooking the chicken and fresh vegetables and the rest — diced tomatoes and beans — come precooked in cans. Julie Giuffrida, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2023 Because they're almost always precooked, boiling crab legs is a cinch for your next fancy dinner. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Sep. 2023 Even simply precooking a batch of plain rice can be helpful for building an assortment of meals. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 28 July 2023 Modern-day brats are sometimes precooked or smoked to make things easier on the person who is grilling, but Usinger and Stayer say raw brats are best. Jordyn Noennig, Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2023 Or precook them as needed. Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of precook was in 1920

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“Precook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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pre·​cook (ˈ)prē-ˈku̇k How to pronounce precook (audio)
: to cook partially or entirely before final cooking or reheating

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