Definition of sofrito in English:


(also soffritto)


  • [mass noun] (in Spanish and Italian cooking) a mixture of lightly fried onions and garlic, usually with tomatoes and other vegetables, used as a base for soups and stews.

    • ‘There are beautifully fried morsels of goat cheese, too, in a vibrant, tomatoey sofrito sauce that has an earthy red-chile undertone.’
    • ‘Many Puerto Rican dishes are seasoned with a savory mixture of spices known as sofrito.’
    • ‘Add 2 tablespoons Sofrito to meat and rice dishes for added flavor and seasoning.’
    • ‘A heaping spoonful of Sofrito added to soups and stews is a classic first-step ingredient to authentic Latino cooking.’
    • ‘Toss Sofrito and chicken together and marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or overnight.’


Spanish sofrito, Italian soffritto, literally lightly fried.