Useful Phrasal Verbs about Food and Cooking

Common phrasal verbs that native English speakers use to talk 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.

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