- cooked or browned in a pan containing a small quantity of butter, oil, or other fat.
verb (used with object), sau·téed [soh-teyd, saw-] /soʊˈteɪd, sɔ-/, sau·té·ing [soh-tey-ing, saw-] /soʊˈteɪ ɪŋ, sɔ-/.
- to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.
- a dish of sautéed food.
verb -tés, -téing, -téeing or -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 brownsauté potatoes
n.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.