Common phrasal verbs that native English speakers use to talk about food and cooking…
Useful Phrasal Verbs about Food and Cooking
1. Bake off
Meaning: Finish baking partly baked food
Example: She baked off the cakes in the oven.
2. Boil away
Meaning: Cause liquid to evaporate completely by boiling
Example: The soup’s almost boiled away.
3. Boil down
Meaning: If a food or liquid boils down it becomes less after it is cooked
Example: Spinach tends to boil down a lot.
4. Boil over
Meaning: Cause liquid to rise and flow over the side of the container
Example: The milk was boiling over on the stove behind her.
5. Bolt down
Meaning: Eat a large amount of food very quickly
Example: She bolted down her lunch and rushed back to work.
6. Chop up
Meaning: Cut into pieces, usually with several sharp blows
Example: Sarah was busy chopping up onions.
7. Cut off
Meaning: Remove something by cutting it
Example: You should cut the tops off the carrots first.
8. Cut out
Meaning: Shape or form by cutting
Example: She cut several pieces of pastry out.
9. Cut up
Meaning: Cut something into small pieces
Example: He cut the pie up into little pieces.
10. Eat out
Meaning: Eat in a restaurant instead of at home
Example: Do you feel like eating out tonight?
11. Eat up
Meaning: Eat all of something
Example: Eat up! We’ve got to go out soon.
12. Fry up
Meaning: Cook something by frying
Example: Let’s fry some chicken up for dinner.
13. Pick at
Meaning: Eat only small amounts of a meal
Example: Most of the time he just picks at his food.
14. Pig out
Meaning: Eat an extremely large amount of food
Example: Kids pigging out on junk food and soda.
15. Slice off
Meaning: Cut something from a larger piece
Example: She sliced off a piece of sausage.
16. Whip up
Meaning: Quickly make a meal or something to eat
Example: She whipped up a delicious lunch for us in 15 minutes.