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sau·​té sȯ-ˈtā How to pronounce sauté (audio)
variants or less commonly saute
sautéed also sauteed; sautéing also sauteing

transitive verb

: to fry (food, such as small pieces of meat or vegetables) in a small amount of fat
Sauté the mushrooms in 3 tablespoons of the butter until they are golden.Nika Hazleton


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variants or less commonly saute
: a food that is fried in a small amount of fat : a sautéed dish
In this simple saute, high-quality ingredients make a difference …Elaine Johnson
Starters such as creamed corn risotto with shrimp sautéBruce Feiler
sauté adjective


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variants or less commonly saute
: fried in a small amount of fat
roast beef with sauté potatoes
: used in sautéing
a sauté pan
improve your sauté technique

Examples of sauté in a Sentence

Verb Sauté the onion and garlic. peppers sautéed in olive oil
Recent Examples on the Web
Just chop them up into smaller, coin-sized pieces and saute until tender, but not too soft. Cameron Beall, Southern Living, 29 June 2024 Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 24 June 2024 Add the shallots and saute over medium heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 13 May 2024 Add achiote powder and peanuts and saute until peanuts are coated. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2024 During a previous brood emergence, Ware had her lab over for a barbecue; cicada sauteed with garlic and onion was served with burgers. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 7 May 2024 Add the green garlic and saute 3 minutes until softened. Laura McLively, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Add the onion and celery, season with salt and pepper, and saute for about 5 minutes until the onions are soft and lightly golden. Katie Workman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2024 Stir, saute, and flip in style with these natural bamboo utensils. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024
The set includes an 11-inch and 9.5-inch frying pan, a saute pan with lid, 6-quart and 4.5-quart stock pots with lids, two saucepans with lids, and a 7-inch steamer. Alicia Geigel, Southern Living, 8 June 2024 The non-stick set is made from eco-friendly granite and includes 10 pieces, two frying pans, a saucepan with a steamer, a saute pan, and a casserole pot. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 In a saute pan over low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the ghee. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 In a saute pan with a lid, add 2-3 tablespoons olive oil and place over high heat. Judy Revenaugh, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Beautiful 12-Piece Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set Embrace the new rose shade all over your kitchen with this 12-piece cookware set that includes a 5-quart Dutch oven, a 2-quart saucepan, a 3-quart saute pan, a 10-inch fry pan, an 8-inch fry pan, and four cookware protectors. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 Heat the oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Jill Wendholt Silva, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 This 4-quart saute pan has a large surface area to cook in as well as tall sides to help avoid accidental splattering (like while sautéing vegetables). Brenda Stolyar, WIRED, 20 Jan. 2024 Poblano, Mushroom and Refried Bean Tortas Thinly sliced poblanos go for a saute in the skillet along with several other vegetables before getting piled into a crusty roll with mashed beans, avocado and cheese for a supremely filling sandwich. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2024

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Word History



French, from past participle of sauter to jump, from Old French, from Latin saltare — more at saltation

First Known Use


1834, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of sauté was in 1813

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Cite this Entry

“Sauté.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


sautéed or sautéd; sautéing
: to fry in a small amount of fat
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