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

Verb Sauté the onion and garlic. peppers sautéed in olive oil
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The chicken is poached in a liquid with lots of aromatic ginger and scallions, while the rice is sauteed with chicken fat and cooked with some of the poaching liquid. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Review: Phodega serves Chicago’s best bowl of pho south of Argyle Street," 11 Dec. 2019 Here, harissa is tossed with shrimp and lemon, then sauteed quickly with toasted caraway, coriander, and cumin., "Karoline Boehm Goodnick," 16 Oct. 2019 While burgers saute, mix jalapeno and mayonnaise together. Linda Gassenheimer, Twin Cities, "Texas Turkey Burgers are perfect for any summer barbecue," 8 July 2019 Turmeric Cauliflower Rice Riced cauliflower is sauteed with onion, garlic, and brightly colored, earthy-flavored turmeric for a vegan side dish that can be used in grain bowls, soups, and salads. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This January," 2 Jan. 2020 Add onion and saute the onion just until soft, but not browned. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's real MVP: Most Valuable Potatoes | Recipe," 27 Nov. 2019 Add another two tablespoons of olive oil, and saute celery and garlic. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Cook like a Louisville chef this Thanksgiving with these 7 recipes," 19 Nov. 2019 When the skillet is hot, saute the paillards in batches, about 2-3 minutes per side or until no pinkness remains. Anchorage Daily News, "Seriously Simple: A holiday taste in a bite," 26 Nov. 2019 Add the onions or shallots and saute them for 4 to 5 minutes, or until they are softened and golden. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: An easy, spicy Chickpea and Chorizo Stew for fall," 5 Sep. 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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The first known use of sauté was in 1813

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29 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sauté.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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