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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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Examples from the web for saute
  • saute alligator meat in a small amount of olive oil until tender, and set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a large skillet and saute the shallots until they are soft.
  • saute the bread slices on both sides until they are golden.
  • Add the roasts without crowding the skillet and saute on one side for three minutes, until well browned.
  • Stir in the mushrooms and saute until they begin to give off their juices.
  • Heat oil in a skillet, add celery and onion and saute until lightly browned.
  • Heat the olive oil in a saute pan and add shallot and garlic.
  • Place a large saute pan over medium-high heat, and add oil.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy soup kettle and saute the onion, leek and celery until soft.
  • To make the sauce, heat two tablespoons of the butter in a large saute pan until the butter is foamy.
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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