Definition of parboil in English:



  • Partly cook (food) by boiling.

    ‘parboil the vegetables in salted water for about 5 minutes’
    • ‘I parboiled them in plenty of salted water for seven minutes, and then tossed with some oil (a mix of sunflower and rapeseed - wouldn't use olive for this) and a lot of salt.’
    • ‘The world turned to permanent shadows, even while the Louisiana sun parboiled my skin.’
    • ‘In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and parboil lobsters for three minutes.’
    • ‘Fresh leaves and stalks can be added to a mixed green salad, parboiled and served as a vegetable, or stir-fried alone or with other vegetables or meat.’
    • ‘Almost all meals feature plantains (very similar to bananas), which are usually parboiled, sliced, and deep fried.’
    • ‘I parboiled new potatoes and tossed them with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary from the garden, and then we piled them into a wide cazuela and slid them into the oven to finish.’
    • ‘The fruit should be peeled and parboiled then set aside.’
    • ‘In that case parboil it in water for a minute or two.’
    • ‘The neck of this clam is usually parboiled and skinned, with the skins being reserved and ground for chowder.’
    • ‘When I shone the light on the water, I swore it would parboil any squid that happened along.’
    • ‘In Uzbekistan, critics of the government have the choice of being poached or parboiled.’
    • ‘Note: there is no need to parboil meat if not using chicken.’
    • ‘Nigella suggested parboiling the parsnips, so I did that for about five minutes, way ahead of time.’
    • ‘Take some potatoes and parboil them (don't boil them long enough to cook them, just to get them halfway there) with a lemon in the water to give them some flavour.’
    • ‘To make it on the stove top, sauté the onion and garlic, parboil the potato and then let everything simmer for as long as possible to let the flavours meld together.’


Late Middle English: from Old French parbouillir, from late Latin perbullire ‘boil thoroughly’, from Latin per- ‘through, thoroughly’ (later confused with part) + bullire ‘to boil’.