Topic: Cooking Verbs



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: cooking verbs. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

fry (v) to cook food in fat or oil
I will fry some fish tomorrow for dinner.
bake (v) food that is cooked in an oven
My mom likes to bake cakes.
grill (v) to cook food on a metal frame; under or over high heat
Let’s grill some steaks tonight.
boil (v) to cook in very hot water
She wants to boil some eggs.
simmer (v) to cook food in hot water but not boiling for a period of time
Simmer the beef stew for 40 minutes.
stir (v) to mix food with a spoon
Stir one cup of chicken into the soup.
chop (v) to cut food into pieces
Chop the almonds into small pieces.
grate (v) to shred food into smaller pieces; like cheese or carrots
You need to grate some cheese for the pizza.
peel (v) to remove the skin from a fruit or vegetable
Peel the carrots before you eat them.
spread (v) to apply on a surface of a food
He likes to spread butter on his toast.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. What do you like to cook?
  2. Are cooking shows on TV popular in your country? If yes, do you watch them?
  3. Who’s the best cook in your family? Why?
  4. Which forms of cooking do you use? (For example – grill)
  5. Would you like to be a famous chef? Why or why not?
  6. Do you like to cook outside using a BBQ grill? Why or why not?
  7. Tell me some foods that are baked. (For example – cupcakes)
  8. Tell me some foods that can be grilled. (For example – steak)
  9. Is it important for children to learn how to cook? Why or why not?
  10. What is your favorite cooked meal? Why?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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