Culinary Loc + V back-formed Vs

Previously on this blog: a posting on the two-part back-formed V (2pbfV) to spit-roast (used literally with reference to cooking — ‘to roast on a spit’ — and also figuratively; the verb is back-formed from the synthetic compounds spit-roasting (PRP) and spit-roasted (PSP). Then a posting that refers to the spit-roast posting, refers to the culinary 2pbfV to pan-fry, and adds another culinary 2pbfV, to chicken-fry ‘to fry like chicken’, based on the PSP synthetic compound chicken-fried in chicken-fried steak.

Two of these culinary 2pbfVs, spit-roast and pan-fry, are of the form Loc + V, where Loc names a cooking location (on a spit, in a pan) and V denotes a method  or technique of cooking (roast, fry). It turns out that the world of culinary Loc + V back-formed Vs is huge, embracing at least the following elements:

Loc: oven, pan, skillet, spit

V: roast, cook, fry, grill, toast, smoke, sear

Now some examples. I’ll give to-infinitive examples (with BSE V), as here for oven-roast:

Grilled or Oven-Roasted Santa Maria Tri-Tip: To oven-roast a tri-tip, prepare meat with rub and refrigerate as instructed. (link)

Roasted Cauliflower: I love to oven roast all types of veggies. (link)


to oven-roast cauliflower (on a baking sheet)

(Note that the Loc + V verbs are sometimes written with a hyphen, sometimes with a space — an orthographic distinction that I see as largely without significance.)

I assume, however, that other uses of the BSE V can be found:

How long should I oven roast my lamb chops? (link)

and FIN uses as well:

I think that when I oven roast chicken breast it is so much more tasty! (link)

To start, she oven roasts tiny roma tomatoes all day long in the oven at an absurdly low temperature. (link)

So much for oven-roast. Now one more example with spit as the Loc: spit-grill:

… whacked a live goat in the head to kill it, hung it up and slaughtered it in preparation to spit grill it over a BBQ (link)

More in the ovenspit is an uncommon Loc, but oven is a very frequent one. In addition to oven-roast:


How to Oven-Cook Beef Brisket (link)

How to Oven Cook Beetroot (link)


Oven-Fried Chicken & How to Oven-Fry (link)

New way to oven fry eggplant? (link)


How to Oven Grill Steak (link)

[on cooking bacon] It is best to oven grill (max) for 3-5 minutes per side (link)




To oven-toast nuts, preheat oven to 350°F, put pine nuts on baking sheet, and bake for 5-7 minutes, stirring nuts every 2 minutes. (link)

Out of the oven, into the pan. Starting with pan-roast:

How To Pan Roast A Steak | Video Technique (link)

How to Pan Roast Root Vegetables (link)


How To Pan Fry the Perfect Steak (link)

How To Pan-Fry Fish (link)


to pan-fry a steak


How to Pan Cook Red Snapper (link)

How to Pan Cook a Sirloin to Medium-Well (link)


How to Pan-Grill a Burger (link)


How to pan-toast rice (link)


Then to pan smoke, line a skillet with foil (to make clean up easy), and cut out a circle of about 2 inch in the middle. (link)


How to Pan Sear a Steak (link)

skillet instead of pan. skillet-roast, skillet-fry, skillet-cook, skillet-toast:

How to Skillet Roast Hatch Chiles (and Freeze for Later) (link)

How to Skillet fry your chicken to keep it juicy and crisp (link)

How to Skillet-Cook Deer Sausage & Onions (link)

I like to skillet toast my pumpkin seeds. (link)


to skillet-toast sunflower seeds

That’s 20 examples. No doubt there are more.

At some point we should probably conclude that these verbs are no longer all going through the two-step process of synthetic-compound formation followed by back-formation, but that English now has a scheme for directly creating compound transitive verbs of the form N + V, where N denotes a cooking location and V a cooking method or technique.

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