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Cooked or prepared

al dente

adjective

cooked until slightly firm but not soft

au naturel

adverb

served without being cooked or with nothing added

battered

adjective

covered in a mixture of milk, flour, and egg and then cooked

breaded

adjective

covered with breadcrumbs and ready to be cooked

cold

adjective

used about food that has been cooked but is not eaten hot

cook-chill

adjective

cook-chill meals are cooked and then kept cold before being sold

cooked

adjective

cooked food has been heated and is ready to eat

curried

adjective

cooked in a sauce with a hot flavour

deep-fried

adjective

cooked in a lot of hot oil

devilled

adjective

devilled food has a strong hot flavour

done

adjective

cooked long enough to be eaten

dry-roasted

adjective

cooked in an oven without any oil

flambé

adjective

served covered with a burning alcoholic drink such as brandy

fried

adjective

cooked in hot oil

frosted

adjective

covered with icing

gentle

adjective

gentle heat is low, so that something cooks slowly

ground

adjective

crushed, especially for use in cooking

hard-boiled

adjective

a hard-boiled egg has been cooked in boiling water until it is solid inside

hot

adjective

cooked and served hot

jointed

adjective

a jointed chicken has been cut into pieces so that it can be eaten easily

lightly

adverb

cooked for a short time

oven-ready

adjective

oven-ready food is already prepared, so that you only have to heat it in the oven before you eat it

overdone

adjective

cooked for too long

over-easy

adjective

eggs that are over-easy have been cooked in oil on one side, then a little on the other side

piping hot

adjective

food or drink that is piping hot is very hot

precooked

adjective

precooked food has been cooked or partly cooked so that it can be heated and eaten at a later time

rare

adjective

rare meat has been cooked for only a short time and is red inside

roast

adjective

cooked in an oven or over a fire

scalloped

adjective

baked in a cream sauce

smoked

adjective

smoked meat, fish, or other food has a special flavour because it has been kept in a special room full of smoke

soft-boiled

adjective

a soft-boiled egg is cooked for a short time, so that the yellow part is still soft or liquid

stewed

adjective

stewed fruit or meat has been cooked slowly in a liquid

sunny-side up

adjective

an egg that is sunny-side up is cooked on one side only in hot oil, and not turned over

uncooked

adjective

raw, or not yet cooked

underdone

adjective

underdone food has not been cooked for long enough

well-done

adjective

well-done meat is meat that has been completely cooked

charbroiled

adjective

chargrilled

adjective

sauté

adjective

cooked/warmed/heated through

thoroughly cooked/warmed/heated

done/cooked to a turn

cooked for exactly the right amount of time

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