Kitchen Verbs (English Vocabulary)

ESL Vocabulary for Kitchen Verbs

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The following page has learning games and example sentences using the following 18 words from the "kitchen verbs" category:
Exploring kitchen verbs is important for cooking and food preparation.

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Example Sentences


whisk icon

to beat or stir vigorously using a whisk or fork to incorporate air into a mixture or achieve a smooth consistency

Easy Examples

  • You whisk eggs to make them fluffy for scrambled eggs.
  • Bakers whisk ingredients together for cake batter.
  • Whisking is important for making smooth sauces.

Harder Examples

  • She whisked the eggs and sugar together to make a fluffy batter.
  • Whisking is an essential step in making creamy sauces and dressings.
  • He whisked the cream until it formed stiff peaks for the dessert.


bake icon

to cook food in an oven using dry heat, often resulting in a golden-brown crust or a tender interior

Easy Examples

  • Baking means cooking food in an oven, like cookies and bread.
  • We bake a birthday cake for special celebrations.
  • Baking gives food a delicious, crispy texture.

Harder Examples

  • She baked a delicious chocolate cake for her friend's birthday.
  • Baking bread requires precise measurements and specific temperatures.
  • He baked a batch of cookies that filled the kitchen with a delightful aroma.


barbecue icon

to cook food, especially meat, over an open flame or on a grill, often basting it with sauce for added flavor

Easy Examples

  • We barbecue meat and vegetables on a grill for outdoor cooking.
  • Barbecuing is a fun way to enjoy tasty grilled food.
  • Barbecue sauce adds flavor to grilled dishes.

Harder Examples

  • They decided to barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs for the picnic.
  • Barbecuing is a popular method for cooking outdoor meals in the summer.
  • He barbecued chicken wings and brushed them with tangy barbecue sauce.


blend icon

to mix or combine different ingredients or substances thoroughly to create a uniform or harmonious mixture

Easy Examples

  • You blend fruits and yogurt to make a smoothie.
  • Blending ingredients creates a creamy texture for soups.
  • Blending is great for mixing flavors together.

Harder Examples

  • She blended fresh fruits and yogurt to make a smoothie.
  • Blending flavors is a key aspect of creating tasty soups and sauces.
  • He blended herbs and spices to create a flavorful seasoning mix.


boil icon

to heat a liquid, usually water, to its boiling point, causing it to bubble and produce steam

Easy Examples

  • Boiling is when you heat water until it bubbles and steams.
  • We boil pasta until it's soft and ready to eat.
  • Boiling vegetables makes them tender and tasty.

Harder Examples

  • They boiled water to cook pasta for dinner.
  • Boiling is a common method for cooking vegetables until they become tender.
  • He boiled eggs for precisely ten minutes to achieve the desired consistency.


eat icon

to consume food by chewing and swallowing it, nourishing the body and satisfying hunger

Easy Examples

  • Eating is when you put food in your mouth and swallow it.
  • We eat breakfast in the morning to start the day.
  • Eating together is a time for family and friends.

Harder Examples

  • She ate a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast.
  • Eating mindfully involves savoring the flavors and textures of each bite.
  • He ate a slice of pizza for lunch, enjoying the cheesy goodness.


fry icon

to cook food by immersing it in hot oil or fat, resulting in a crispy and browned exterior

Easy Examples

  • Frying is cooking food in hot oil until it's crispy and brown.
  • We fry potatoes to make delicious French fries.
  • Frying chicken gives it a crunchy outer layer.

Harder Examples

  • They fried potato slices to make crispy homemade potato chips.
  • Frying is a common cooking technique for preparing fried chicken.
  • He fried fish fillets until they turned golden and crispy.


grate icon

to shred or reduce food into small pieces by rubbing it against a grater or similar tool

Easy Examples

  • Grating is when you rub food against a rough surface to make small pieces.
  • We grate cheese to sprinkle on top of pizza.
  • Grated carrots add flavor and texture to salads.

Harder Examples

  • She grated cheese to sprinkle over the pasta dish.
  • Grating vegetables can add texture and flavor to salads and dishes.
  • He grated carrots to use as a topping for the coleslaw.


grill icon

to cook food over an open flame or on a grill, often producing distinctive grill marks and a smoky flavor

Easy Examples

  • Grilling is cooking food on an open flame or grill.
  • We grill burgers and hot dogs at summer cookouts.
  • Grilling gives food a smoky and charred flavor.

Harder Examples

  • They grilled marinated chicken breasts for a barbecue party.
  • Grilling vegetables enhances their natural sweetness and adds a charred taste.
  • He grilled steaks to perfection, achieving grill marks on each side.


mix icon

to combine two or more substances or ingredients by stirring or blending them together

Easy Examples

  • Mixing is when you combine ingredients together.
  • We mix flour, sugar, and eggs to make cookie dough.
  • Mixing evenly distributes flavors in dishes.

Harder Examples

  • She mixed flour and water to make a smooth batter for pancakes.
  • Mixing ingredients thoroughly ensures even distribution of flavors.
  • He mixed spices and herbs to create a flavorful seasoning blend.


pour icon

to transfer a liquid or substance from one container to another in a steady and controlled manner

Easy Examples

  • Pouring is when you gently let a liquid flow from a container.
  • We pour milk into a glass for a refreshing drink.
  • Pouring sauce over pasta makes it delicious.

Harder Examples

  • She poured milk into her morning coffee.
  • Pouring sauce over a dish adds the finishing touch to the presentation.
  • He poured the batter into the cake pan, ready for baking.


roll icon

to shape or flatten dough or a substance into a cylindrical or flat form by using a rolling pin or hands

Easy Examples

  • Rolling is when you flatten dough with a rolling pin.
  • We roll out dough to make pizza or pie crust.
  • Rolling ensures even thickness for baked goods.

Harder Examples

  • They rolled out the dough to make thin pizza crusts.
  • Rolling pastry dough evenly is essential for uniform pie crusts.
  • She rolled the sushi ingredients in seaweed sheets to make sushi rolls.


sieve icon

to strain or filter a liquid or mixture through a sieve or fine mesh to remove solid particles or impurities

Easy Examples

  • Sieving is when you use a tool to separate fine particles from a liquid.
  • We sieve flour to remove lumps for baking.
  • Sieving helps create smooth sauces and batters.

Harder Examples

  • She sieved powdered sugar over the freshly baked cookies.
  • Sieving is often used in baking to ensure a smooth and lump-free texture.
  • He sieved tomato sauce to remove any seeds or pulp.


slice icon

to cut food, especially bread, meat, or vegetables, into thin, flat pieces or segments

Easy Examples

  • Slicing is cutting food into thin pieces with a knife.
  • We slice bread for sandwiches.
  • Slicing vegetables makes them easy to cook and eat.

Harder Examples

  • She sliced the ripe tomatoes to make a refreshing salad.
  • Slicing bread evenly results in uniform sandwich layers.
  • He sliced the roast beef thinly for sandwiches.


spread icon

to apply a thin layer of a substance, such as butter, jam, or sauce, evenly over a surface, typically bread or a baked good

Easy Examples

  • Spreading is when you evenly coat one surface with something, like butter.
  • We spread peanut butter on toast for a tasty snack.
  • Spreading jam on bread adds sweetness.

Harder Examples

  • They spread peanut butter on slices of bread for a quick snack.
  • Spreading a generous layer of frosting on a cake makes it more delicious.
  • She spread mayonnaise on the sandwich to add moisture and flavor.


stir icon

to mix ingredients or substances in a circular motion using a spoon or utensil, often to combine or prevent sticking

Easy Examples

  • Stirring is when you mix ingredients by moving a utensil in a circular motion.
  • We stir soup to blend flavors and prevent sticking.
  • Stirring is important for even cooking.

Harder Examples

  • He stirred the soup to ensure the flavors were well incorporated.
  • Stirring is essential when cooking rice to prevent it from sticking to the pot.
  • She stirred the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.


taste icon

to sample or try a small amount of food or a dish to assess its flavor and quality

Easy Examples

  • Tasting is when you try a small amount of food to check its flavor.
  • We taste the sauce to see if it needs more seasoning.
  • Tasting helps adjust the taste of dishes.

Harder Examples

  • She tasted the soup to adjust the seasoning and add more salt.
  • Tasting is a key step in recipe development to achieve the desired flavor profile.
  • He tasted the marinade to ensure it had the right balance of flavors.


wash icon

to clean food, utensils, or dishes by using water and often soap to remove dirt, contaminants, or residue

Easy Examples

  • Washing is when you clean food or dishes with water and soap.
  • We wash fruits and vegetables before eating them.
  • Washing hands before cooking is essential for hygiene.

Harder Examples

  • They washed the fresh vegetables thoroughly before cooking.
  • Washing hands before handling food is important for hygiene.
  • She washed the dishes and put them in the drying rack.
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