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[soh-tey, saw-]
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  1. cooked or browned in a pan containing a small quantity of butter, oil, or other fat.
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verb (used with object), sau·téed [soh-teyd, saw-] /soʊˈteɪd, sɔ-/, sau·té·ing [soh-tey-ing, saw-] /soʊˈteɪ ɪŋ, sɔ-/.
  1. to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.
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  1. a dish of sautéed food.
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Origin of sauté

1805–15; < French, past participle of sauter to jump (causative: to toss) < Latin saltāre, frequentative of salīre to jump
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  • For cooking processes, such as sauteing (pan frying), or deep fat frying, it is best to use the vegetable and nut oils.

    Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918)

    C. Houston Goudiss and Alberta M. Goudiss

  • Sauteing is cooking in a small quantity of fat, as an omelet or hashed browned potatoes are cooked.

  • This method is employed for croquettes, oysters, etc., and is less injurious to digestion than sauteing.

British Dictionary definitions for sauteing


verb -tés, -téing, -téeing or -téed
  1. to fry (food) quickly in a little fat
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  1. a dish of sautéed food, esp meat that is browned and then cooked in a sauce
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  1. sautéed until lightly brownsauté potatoes
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Word Origin

C19: from French: tossed, from sauter to jump, from Latin saltāre to dance, from salīre to spring
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Word Origin and History for sauteing



1813, from French sauté, literally "jumped, bounced" (in reference to tossing continually while cooking), past participle of sauter "to jump," from Latin saltare "to hop, dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). As an adjective, "fried quickly," from 1869. As a verb from 1859. Related: Sauteed.

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