VOCABULARY – Kitchen Verbs

We do lots of things in the kitchen. Here are a few of the verbs we use to describe those things:

  • Grate – reduce food to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater.
  • Grill – cook something using a grill.
  • Layer – arrange in layers.
  • Level – give a flat and even surface to something.
  • Melt – make or become liquefied by heat.
  • Pinch – grip (something, typically salt) between finger and thumb
  • Pour – cause a liquid to flow from a container in a steady stream by holding the container at an angle.
  • Scramble – prepare eggs by beating them with a little liquid and then cooking and stirring them gently.
  • Serve – present food or drink to someone.
  • Simmer – stay just below the boiling point while being heated.
  • Slice – cut food into slices.
  • Spread – extend over a large area.
  • Stir – move a spoon around in a liquid in order to mix it thoroughly.
  • Taste – experience the flavor of something.
  • Add – put in an additional ingredient to something that is being prepared.
  • Bake – cook food by dry heat without direct exposure to a flame, typically in an oven.
  • Blend – mix two substances so that they combine together.
  • Broil – cook meat or fish by exposure to direct, intense radiant heat, usually from above.
  • Bread – coat food) in readcrumbs before cooking.
  • Boil – cook or be cooked by immersing in boiling water or stock.
  • Chop – cut food into pieces with repeated sharp blows of a knife.
  • Cut – make an incision sharp-edged tool, usually a knife.
  • Dip – put  something  briefly into a liquid or sauce.
  • Fry – cook food in hot fat or oil, typically in a shallow pan.


What do you do when you are in the kitchen?

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