Cooking Verbs – Visual Expression

Useful Cooking Verbs in English

Cooking is a great activity to enjoy as a family, and it helps kids learn new words as they practice cooking verbs and kitchen vocabulary. Here you’ll find games and activities to learn all about cooking. Let’s start!

Picture dictionary of cooking verbs
Picture dictionary of cooking verbs


Cooking Verb Definition Example
roll out to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over as a ball or a wheel Roll out the dough according to the dimensions of the baking tray
knead to work (dough, clay, etc.) into a uniform mixture by pressing, folding, and stretching I want to knead the dough by myself because it is very funny
layer to separate into or form layers There are two pieces of cake which should be layered
add to include Don’t forget to add salt to the soup
spread to distribute over a greater or a relatively great area of space or time Can you spread the butter on my bread?
measure to estimate the relative amount, value, etc. How much water did you add to the meal? I didn’t measure it
break to separate into pieces as a result of a violence or an impact Firstly break the eggs
bake to cook by dry heat in an oven or on heated metal or stones My mother taught me how to bake bread
chop to cut in pieces; mince What’s the best way to chop an onion without crying?
dice to cut into small cubes Let’s dice the potatoes
slice to cut into slices; divide into parts Could you slice the cake, please
whip to move quickly If you continue to whip the whisk like that, probably the cake dough will leap around
peel to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc. My mother would rather peel potatoes with an ordinary knife than with a potato peeler
pour to send (a liquid, fluid, or anything in loose particles) flowing or falling, as from one container to another, or into, over, or something Don’t pour hot water into the glass suddenly or quickly because the glass can crack
carve to cut into slices or pieces, as a roast of meat We always serve meats by carving to our customers?
taste to try or test the flavor or quality of (something) by taking some into the mouth The host taste the meal before the quests come to there
boil to reach or be brought to the boiling point When the water boils, add macaroni
grate to reduce to small particles by rubbing against a rough surface or a surface with many sharp-edged openings For this recipes, firstly you should grate the apples
cook to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting A cook is a person who cooks.
squeeze to apply pressure to in order to extract juice, sap, or the like My little daughter tried to squeeze the orange
stir to mix food or liquid by moving a spoon round and round in it Add the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture becomes a dough
fry to cook something in hot oil or fat or to be cooked in hot oil or fat you must fry the potatoes in a little oil for your health
sprinkle to gently drop small pieces of something over a surface Before you roll out the dough, you sprinkle flour on the rolling pin so the dough will not stick to it
grill to cook food over a fire Where did you grill these fish