Following a Recipe in Spanish

Whipping up a recipe in español is an easy way to immerse yourself in the language, so we've put together this handy dandy guide to get you started. Here's a Spanish recipe you might love.

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Units of Measurement

Cup = Taza (ta-sah)

Tablespoon = Cucharada (cu-cha-ra-dah)

Teaspoon = Cucharadita (cu-cha-ra-di-tah)

Milliliter = Mililitro (mi-li-li-tro)

Liter = Litro (li-tro)

Kilogram = Kilo (ki-lo)

Gram = Gramo (grah-mo)

Milligram = Miligramo (mi-li-grah-mo)



 

Cutting Techniques

Slice = Rebanar (reh-bah-nar)

Sliced = Rebanado (m), Rebanada (f) (reh-bah-nah-doh, reh-bah-nah-dah)

Mince = Picar finamente (pi-kar feen-ah-mehn-teh) {Literally: To finely dice}

Minced = Picado finamente (m), Picada finamente (f) (pi-ka-doh, pi-kah-dah feen-ah-mehn-teh)

Dice = Picar (pi-kar)

Diced = Picado (m), Picada (f) (pi-ka-doh, pi-kah-dah)

Cubes = Cubos (cu-bos)

Cubed = ...en cubos (en cu-bos) {Literally: In cubes}

Carve = Tallar (tah-yar)

Carved = Tallado (m), Tallada (f) (tah-yah-do, tah-yah-dah)

Crush = Aplastar (ah-plah-star)

Crushed = Aplastado (m), Aplastada (f) (ah-plah-stah-do, ah-plah-stah-dah)

Cut = Cortar (cor-tar)

Cut (adjective) = Cortado (m), Cortada (f) (cor-tah-do, cor-tah-dah)

Grate = Rallar (rah-yar)

Grated = Rallado (m), Rallada (f) (rah-yah-do, rah-yah-dah)

Peel = Pelar (peh-lar)

Peeled = Pelado (m), Pelada (f) (peh-lah-do, peh-lah-da)


 

Pronouncing Fractions

Three-quarters =  Tres quartos (tres kwar-tos)

One-half = Medio (m), Media (f) (meh-di-oh, meh-di-ah)

One-third = Un tercio (m), Una tercera (f) (oon ter-si-oh, oona ter-ser-ah)

One-quarter = Un quarto (oon kwar-to)

One-eighth = Un octavo (m), Una octava (f) (oon oc-tah-voh, oona oc-tah-vah)


 

Following Recipe Steps

Seconds = Segundos (seh-goon-dohs)

Minutes = Minutos (mi-new-tos)

Hours = Horas (or-as)

First = Primero (pri-meh-ro)

Second = Segundo (seh-goon-doh)

Third = Tercero (tear-ser-oh)

Next, Then = Luego (loo-eh-go)

Finally = Finalmente (fee-nahl-men-teh)

 

Shapes & Sizes of Ingredients

Cloves = Dientes (dee-ehn-tehs) {Literally: Teeth}

Head = Cabeza (kah-beh-sah)

Whole = Entero (m), Entera (f) (en-teh-roh, en-teh-rah)

Half = Medio (m), Media (f) (meh-di-oh, meh-di-ah)

Quarter = Un quarto (oon kwar-to)

 

 Temperature

Degrees = Grados (grah-dohs)

Celsius = Centígrados (sen-ti-grah-dohs). Celsius is used in all Spanish-speaking countries. 0 degrees celsius = 32 degree fahrenheit. You’ll find a farenheit to celcius calculator right here.

Low = Fuego lento (fweh-go len-to) {Literally: Slow fire}

Medium = Fuego medio (fweh-go meh-di-oh) {Literally: Middle fire}

High = Fuego alto (fweh-go al-to) {Literally: Tall fire}

 

Cooking Terms

Add = Agregar (ah-greg-ar)

Barbecue = Asar (ah-sar)

Beat = Batir (bah-tir)

Boil = Hervir (air-vir) *Remember: All H’s in Spanish are silent*

Broil = Asar (ah-sar)

Combine = Combinar (com-bi-nar)

Cook = Cocinar (co-si-nar)

To cook in the oven, To bake = Hornear (nay-e-ar)

Defrost = Descongelar (des-con-hel-ar) {Literally: To defreeze}

Drain = Drenar (dreh-nar)

Freeze = Congelar (con-hel-ar)

Fry = Freír (fray-eer)

Grease = Engrasar (en-grah-sar)

Grill = Asar a la parrilla (ah-sar ah lah pah-ri-yah) {Literally: To barbecue on the grill}

Knead = Amasar (ah-mah-sar)

Mix = mezclar (mes-klar)

Measure = Medir (meh-dir)

Melt = Derretir (deh-rreh-tir)

Microwave = Cocinar al microondas (co-si-nar al micro-ohn-das) {Literally: To cook in the microwave}

Open = Abrir (ah-breer)

Pour = Verter (bear-tair)

Roast = Asar (ah-sar)

Sauté = Saltear (sahl-teh-ar)

Scramble = Revolver (reh-vol-ver)

Spread = Untar (oon-tar)

Steam = Cocer al vapor (co-ser al vah-por) {Literally: To cook by steam}

Stir = Batir (bah-tir)

Stir fry = Sofreír (soh-fray-eer)

Wash = Lavar (lah-bahr)

Weigh = Pesar (peh-sar)

 

Cooking Tools & Utensils

Kitchen knife = Cuchillo de cocina (cu-chee-yoh deh co-si-nah)

Measuring spoon = Cuchara medidora (cu-cha-rah meh-di-do-rah)

Measuring cups = Tazas medidoras (tah-sahs meh-di-do-rahs)

Cutting board = Tabla de cortar (tah-blah deh cor-tar)

Whisk = Batidor (bah-ti-dor)

Blender = Licuadora (lee-kwa-dor-ah)

Tongs = Tenazas (ten-ah-sahs)

Ladle = Cucharón (cu-cha-ron)

Spatula = Espátula (es-pah-tu-lah)

Can Opener = Abrelatas (ah-breh-lah-tahs)

Mixing Bowls = Tazones para mezclar (tah-son-ehs pa-ra mes-clar)

Colander/Strainer = Colador (co-lah-dor)

Kitchen Shears = Tijeras de cocina (ti-hair-ahs deh co-si-na)

Pot = Olla (oh-yah)

Pan = Sartén (sar-tehn)

Stove = Estufa (eh-stu-fah)

Oven Mitts = Guantes de cocina (gwan-tehs deh co-si-nah) {Literally: Kitchen gloves}

Thermometer = Termómetro (tear-mo-me-tro)

Aluminum Foil = Papel de aluminio (pah-peh deh ah-lu-mi-ni-oh) {Literally: Aluminum paper}

Fork = Tenedor (teh-ne-dor)

Knife = Cuchillo (cu-chee-yoh)

Spoon = Cuchara (cu-char-ah)

Chopsticks = Palillos (pah-li-yohs) {Literally: Little sticks}

Toothpick = Palillo (pah-li-yoh) {Literally: Little stick}