\ ˈrü How to pronounce roux (audio) \
plural roux\ ˈrüz How to pronounce roux (audio) \

Definition of roux

: 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 One of Japan’s most popular dishes, curry rice often consists of cubes of beef, potatoes, carrots and onions in roux over rice. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Ramen, tempura, curry: The best things to eat at Arizona Matsuri Japanese festival," 18 Feb. 2020 For the Creole Sauce: To make the brown roux, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Nothing says Southern decadence like this shrimp and grits from The Brown Hotel," 20 Mar. 2018 Cook, stirring, until the roux darkens to a light brown color, about 5 minutes. Washington Post, "Shrimp Étouffée," 9 Jan. 2020 Make a roux by adding the other half of the butter and the flour to the skillet, stirring constantly. Michael R. Shea, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide to Cooking and Eating Venison Offal," 25 Nov. 2019 Slowly pour milk into roux, whisking over medium heat. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your holiday feast just got more exciting with these recipes from Wisconsin chefs," 17 Dec. 2019 Gumbo deserves top billing, served in a paper cup packed with shrimp, sausage and rice in a strong roux with blue crab for a garnish. Mike Sutter,, "Review: San Antonio’s Smashin’ Crab seafood restaurant finds success with Cajun food," 12 Dec. 2019 For each cup of vegetable mix, make gravy with a roux of 2 tablespoons each of unsalted butter and flour and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Eric Velasco, al, "How to make post-Thanksgiving leftover pot pies," 26 Nov. 2019 Continue stirring in a figure-8 motion and cook until this roux looks bubbly but is still light in color, 3 to 5 motion. Wolfgang Puck,, "Turkey croquettes can transform your Thanksgiving leftovers," 12 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'roux.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of roux

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roux

French, from beurre roux brown butter

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about roux

Statistics for roux

Last Updated

23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Roux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on roux

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with roux

Comments on roux

What made you want to look up roux? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!