The most popular French menu words explained

French words for how food is prepared

Want to know how that meat is cooked? This handy list should be of use.

Au gratin

Baked with cheese and breadcrumbs

À votre goût

To your liking.

En cocotte

Cooked in a covered baking dish

Confit

Cooked in fat (either its own or the fat of something else)

En croute

Wrapped in pastry

En papillote

Literally “enveloped in paper”, often fish is wrapped in paper and steamed; we have a delicious recipe for salmon en papillote.

Farci

Stuffed

Frit(e)

Fried

Fumé

Smoked

Haché

Ground (meat)

Un méli-mélo

An assortment

Un morceau

A piece

Piquant

Spicy

Au pistou

With basil

Provençal

Cooked with tomatoes, anchovies and olives.

Rôti

Roasted

À la vapeur

Steamed 

Keep reading to learn about the rest of the popular French menu words and phrases people often encounter…

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