Definition of ragout in English:



  • A highly seasoned dish of small pieces of meat stewed with vegetables.

    ‘a ragout of duck braised in red wine’
    • ‘The centerpiece of the meal, a juicy autumn vegetable ragout with white beans, butternut squash, and kale, is served over a mound of soft polenta.’
    • ‘For the lentil ragout, in a medium sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat, add the onions, and sauté until translucent, about two minutes.’
    • ‘What's guaranteed to fend off foul weather with true zeal, however, is a mere side dish - a glistening ragout of beluga lentils and onion confit, more tranquilizing than brandy.’
    • ‘The pan-seared salmon sat on a white-wine ragout of navy beans and shiitake mushrooms and was perfectly cooked to order both times I sampled it.’
    • ‘The strength of character of the tomato ragout gave a lighter than usual balance to the punchy meat.’
    • ‘The ragout had a distinct Mediterranean feel with roasted peppers and olives scattered in with the lightly cooked pieces of rabbit.’
    • ‘At block parties we dined on coq au vin, wild mushroom ragout, and home-baked sourdough bread.’
    • ‘There is a 17 th-century French recipe for wild duck cooked in a ragout flavoured with mushrooms, truffles and chocolate.’
    • ‘For the main course I had the ‘crisp confit of duck’ with puy lentils and smoked bacon ragout with a red wine sauce.’
    • ‘The life blood of Petre's rustic cooking is honest soups, seasonal ragouts and stews and handmade pastry, passed down matrilineally through the generations.’


From French ragoût, from ragoûter ‘revive the taste of’.