Learning cooking words in English

Here are some cooking vocabulary that you may find useful:

To bake – This is when you cook something in the oven. It is usually referring to making something sweet like a cake or pie. “Today I baked an apple pie and it tasted great!”

To cook – This is when you prepare food using heat, but not usually in reference to something sweet. “Peter cooked me a fabulous meal last night.”

Meal – This is an entire seating of eating food.
Breakfast – The meal you eat in the morning.

Lunch – The meal you eat at noontime.

Dinner – The meal you eat in the evening.

Recipe – The directions given to make a spefic type of food.

Ingredients – The various foods you need to make a recipe.

Here is an example of a simple (and I mean simple) recipe.


Peanut Butter

First take 1 slice of bread and spread peanut butter on it. Then take 1 more slice of bread and spread Jelly on it. Then put the 2 pieces of bread together and you have made a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

Take a few minutes and write out your own recipe. Post it as a comment here if you’d like some feedback on it.

8 thoughts on “Learning cooking words in English”

  1. I just tried to write a recipe with each Japanese size of cans or vegetables. 🙂 It was a little hard for me, but I enjoyed it. XD

  2. “Pasta with tomato and tuna”

    Ingredients :
    for one or two servings
    Pasta 200g
    a can of tuna 80g
    3 green asparagus
    2 cloves of garlic
    1 red pepper
    Olive oil
    Black pepper

  3. Directions :
    1. Fry lightly some slices of garlic and red pepper with some olive oil in a saucepan.
    2. Add tuna and pieces of peeled tomato.
    3. Add some salt, some black pepper, boiled green asparagus and boiled pasta.
    4. Toss pasta with sauce. It’s better to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on it. Serve immediately.

  4. Wow, you did a great job! And now I think I want to try the recipe!

    Just 3 little corrections:
    For ingredients: I’d put 1 tomato (adding the 1) and 3 green asparagus spears (or spears of asparagus)

    Also, for the recipe, I’d say “Lightly fry” instead of “Fry lightly”

    What a great recipe you wrote! Thanks for commenting.

  5. Thank you so much for your advice, Yvonne! 🙂
    My new words were serving(s), clove, lightly, peeled, toss, and spear(s). Now I know!!
    “Lightly fry” is right, isn’t it? I see.
    I enjoy your web site and I’ll be able to learn a lot from you! 🙂 I’ll also post this recipe on my blog.

  6. You are welcome! Both are correct – lightly fry or fry lightly, but I think lightly fry sounds better in your sentence. More natural. I’m going to go check out your blog!

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