\ 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 And the Elderflower Mimosas and egg casserole with bacon and herby, cheesy roux is to die for. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 12 Apr. 2022 This isn’t a traditional tetrazzini, which relies on a butter-and-flour roux, and lots of milk, for a bechamel sauce. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 There’s classic Cajun, too: crawfish étouffée all thick and buttery, Gulf fish in Pontchartrain sauce and an ace gumbo served spicy with a dark, Texas-style roux. Brooke Viggiano, Chron, 24 Mar. 2022 Even in Hurtado’s family, mole is prepared in unique ways — his grandmother makes it with a French roux and Skippy peanut butter. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2022 The dishes are similar, but a Creole person might decide to put tomatoes in gumbo and a Cajun person might make a brown roux base, Lyn explained. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 Lyn remembers hovering in the kitchen as a child, watching her grandmother and mother make roux, a sauce base of flour and fat that's fundamental to so many Louisiana dishes, from jambalaya to catfish coubion to turtle stew. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 The cod fritters, fat with mashed potato and fish and bound with roux, speak more to the chef’s Portuguese and Brazilian heritage. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Whisk butter and flour roux into soup until combined; simmer 8-10 minutes. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of roux

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for roux

French, from beurre roux brown butter

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24 Apr 2022

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“Roux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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