plural roux ˈrüz How to pronounce roux (audio)
: a cooked mixture of flour and fat used as a thickening agent in a soup or a sauce

Examples of roux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the nacho soup base starts with a homemade roux before adding milk and two types of cheese. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Feb. 2024 Our classic Cajun étouffée starts with a simply seasoned roux and closely resembles the original 1920s dish created by Mrs. Charles Hebert at the Breaux Bridge Hebert Hotel. Jorie Nicole McDonald, Southern Living, 11 Feb. 2024 Whisk in the flour to form a roux, then remove the pan from the heat just long enough to gradually whisk in the cider until smooth. Bonnie S. Benwick, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 For starters, that zesty rib-sticking gumbo, whose stock is thick from cooking chicken feet in it and dark from having the roux cooked low and slow in the oven. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 Make roux: Microwave milk at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 10 Nov. 2023 In a saucepan, melt four tablespoons of butter and stir in 4 tablespoons of flour to make a roux. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2023 Keep whisking so the roux and milk will be well incorporated. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Cook time: 1 hour 40 minutes Chili Crisp Mac ’n’ Cheese Chili crisp is separated — the oil from the crispy stuff — then added to the roux and cheese sauce, respectively. Betty Hallock, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from beurre roux brown butter

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roux was in 1793

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“Roux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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