Food and restaurant vocabulary

Vocabulary about food, cooking and in a restaurant

I am pretty sure that many of you who have traveled or lived in English speaking countries, have visited some good restaurants. There is something special about eating delicious dishes in foreign country. Good knowledge of English names of meals and ingredients is in this situation absolutely necessary. Otherwise you may end up getting a meal that you didn’t want to eat.


So in order to avoid any embarrassing moments, you should learn at least some names of meals and also the way how to have a conversation in an English restaurant.

In this list you will find English meals, drinks and many other words, phrases and expressions related to food, cooking and dining. If you are on a vacation, where you need to speak English and want to fully enjoy local cuisine, this list will be your valuable guide. Phrases and terms from this list can be used in the following situations:

1. conversation with a waiter in a restaurant
2. shopping for groceries in an English speaking country
3. reading a recipe or cooking instructions in English

So scroll down and check these phrases, words and the names of meals and ingredients. You will definitely appreciate them when you are dining out, preparing meals or doing any activity related to food.

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whipped creamcream mixed using a whisk or mixer
bring to the boilto reach the state when water boils
boil upto cook by boiling in water
heat upto reheat
nondescriptwithout any specific characteristic or class
sodacarbonated drink in a can (US)
freshly preparedrecently prepared fresh food
fridgerefrigerator, home applience for food storage
brothliquid where meat or fish were boiled
gobble downquickly eat large quantities of food
microwavemicrowave owen used to reheat food
to basteusing small amount of water during roasting or cooking
cake recipestep by step process for preparing a cake
seasoningterm for herbs and spices
sweeteneradditive for making food sweeter
dinerperson who often eats in restaurants
takeout foodfood in plastic container for eating later
tartar saucemayonnaise with chopped pickles
to carveto separate meat using knife
rib of beefmeat from a rib section of beef
gratuitysmall amount of money given in return for service
doughthick paste made by mixing flour and water
fillingedible mix used to fill meat or other food
to roastcooking method using dry heat
clam chowderthick soup with clams (seafood)
minced (meat)cut to very small pieces
to taste goodto have a good taste
ingredientelement or component of food
herbsplants used for food flavoring
lardpig fat
meal to gotakeout food, food in plastic container
spicesseeds, fruit or roots used for food flavouring
flavourspecific taste
tuck awayto eat a lot of food
frozenpreserved by freezing
chopped (meat)cut by a knife or other sharp tool
flax seedsseeds of a flax plant
to slugto drink quickly in large gulps
chefprofessional cook
sealed containercontainer with a firm cover