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Syllabification: sau·té
Pronunciation: /sōˈtā, sôˈtā/

Definition of sauté in English:


1 [attributive] Fried quickly in a little hot fat: sauté potatoes
More example sentences
  • Dr Ruthless had the fillet steak with chilli and garlic sauté potatoes, with white onion marmalade and smoked bacon jus at £17.50.
  • Serve the steak topped with the lemon slices, accompanied by the sauté potatoes and pepper sauce, with either fresh garden peas or a simple green salad.
  • You get everything from sauté potatoes to colcannon, which is an Irish potato dish, but absolutely no chips.
2 Ballet A jump off both feet, landing in the same position.


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A dish consisting of ingredients that have been sautéed.
Example sentences
  • Originally, in France, a sauté was a dish of meat or poultry cut into pieces and cooked only in fat, but the French now also use the term for dishes which simply involve browning foods before adding a liquid.
  • A guinea-fowl sauté with black pudding was less exciting (guinea fowl is a bit of a bore generally) and one might do better to have the grilled beef fillet with braised short rib.
  • A tall, singed-edge veal chop emerged beautifully grilled with an elemental sauté of foresty mushrooms.

verb (sautés, sautéing /-ˈtāiNG/, sautéed /-ˈtād/ or sautéd)

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Fry quickly in a little hot fat: sauté the onions in the olive oil
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  • The seafood on the menu is about what you'd expect from an accomplished seafood chef, particularly the Dover sole, which is sautéed, de-boned, and finished with a brown-butter sauce.
  • I deliberately hoarded my beautifully sautéed duck breast and truffled mash.
  • In a large saucepan, sauté onions in butter until almost tender.


early 19th century: French, literally 'jumped', past participle of sauter.

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