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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 sauteed
  • Another couple served up sauteed asparagus and pear with gruyere.
  • Yet at every meal crisp little sauteed cubes would be served.
  • Pea shoots can be used raw, or sauteed briefly so they're still crisp.
  • Hunt's prepares specialty items such as frog legs and grilled, fried or sauteed alligator.
  • The restaurant also offers several steamed meats and vegetables, as well as sauteed meat and vegetable combinations.
  • Char-grilled, pan-fried, fried and sauteed shellfish and fish dominate this upscale restaurant's menu.
  • The menu includes a variety of mussels and clams, as well as barbecued and sauteed oysters.
  • Menu offerings include grilled, fried and sauteed fish and shellfish plates, steaks and poultry and pork entrees.
  • Seafood dishes are popular in this establishment, including shrimp and scallop dishes with sauteed vegetables.
  • It also offers a variety of vegetarian dishes, including eggplant in garlic sauce, plus sauteed string beans.
British Dictionary definitions for sauteed


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 sauteed



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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