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[soh-tey, saw-] /soʊˈteɪ, sɔ-/
cooked or browned in a pan containing a small quantity of butter, oil, or other fat.
verb (used with object), sautéed
[soh-teyd, saw-] /soʊˈteɪd, sɔ-/ (Show IPA),
[soh-tey-ing, saw-] /soʊˈteɪ ɪŋ, sɔ-/ (Show IPA)
to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.
a dish of sautéed food.
Origin of sauté
1805-15; < French, past participle of sauter to jump (causative: to toss) < Latin saltāre, frequentative of salīre to jump Unabridged
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  • Have ready one-half as much in bulk of celery; cut in inch pieces and an onion; saute these in same fat.

  • Add the bread and cheese, when cool, stuff chiles, dip in the egg batter and fry in deep fat or saute in butter.

    California Mexican-Spanish Cook Book Bertha Haffner-Ginger
  • Sauce: Clean one-fourth pound mushrooms, break cap in pieces, and saute five minutes in one tablespoonful butter.

  • Butter a saute pan, add the potatoes and cook until light brown.

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet and saute the onion and celery.

  • Can you roast a steak, and saute baked beans, and stew sausages, and fry out a breakfast muffin?

    Turn About Eleanor Ethel M. Kelley
British Dictionary definitions for saute


verb -tés, -téing, -téeing, -téed
to fry (food) quickly in a little fat
a dish of sautéed food, esp meat that is browned and then cooked in a sauce
sautéed until lightly brown: sauté potatoes
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 saute

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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