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

Definition of sauté

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


variants: or less commonly saute

Definition of sauté (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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 sauté— Bruce Feiler


variants: or less commonly saute

Definition of sauté (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : fried in a small amount of fat roast beef with sauté potatoes
2 : used in sautéing a sauté pan improve your sauté technique

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sauté adjective

Examples of sauté in a Sentence


Sauté the onion and garlic. peppers sautéed in olive oil

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium flame and saute the onions, turning frequently, until lightly caramelized, 12-15 minutes., "Recipe: Spicy Tomatillo Pie," 7 Aug. 2019 For appetizer, choose among spicy tuna roll, sauteed shrimp, sushi tower, mac and cheese, kale salad or rotisserie chicken salad. Michael Mayo,, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 The Burger Bar in San Francisco’s Union Square made waves a few years ago for its Rossini burger made from Australian Wagyu beef, sauteed foie gras and shaved black truffles, which ranged in price but cost as much as $60 at one point. Justin Phillips,, "New Silicon Valley restaurant opens with $50 burger," 24 July 2019 Add the brussels sprouts, cut side down, and saute until golden brown. Claire Perez,, "Brussels sprouts shine with soy ginger glaze at Grille 66," 5 July 2019 The mussels and clams sauteed with sausage are amazing. Jessi Virtusio, Post-Tribune, "Goblin & the Grocer serves ‘Midwest small plates’ and boutique wine," 5 June 2019 Fresh herbs, sauteed veal and tiny new creamer potatoes make a light dinner. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Light dish features new potatoes, greens with sauteed veal," 24 June 2019 Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken to the saute pan, sauteing for 3 to 4 minutes to sear the chicken. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: Chicken Pulao in a Rice Cooker," 15 June 2019 The local preparation of octopus is to slice it into discs, saute it in olive oil and top it with paprika. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Hiking Spain’s luminous Lighthouse Way," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of sauté


1834, in the meaning defined above


1813, in the meaning defined above


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sauté


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

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English Language Learners Definition of sauté

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to fry (food) in a small amount of fat



English Language Learners Definition of sauté (Entry 2 of 2)

: a food that is fried in a small amount of fat

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