One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adverb & adjective
(of meat or fish) pan-fried or cooked on a griddle.
- ‘In this real art book, he applies himself to illustrate an original recipe of Jacques and Laurent Pourcel in order to elaborate grilled squids a la plancha.’
- ‘Slices of deep-sea fish are usually done a la plancha: aguja, rape (this is the one which makes the Brits howl, especially the usual translation of the dish ‘rape a la marinera - rape, seaman's style ’) which is nothing more frightening than angler (what the French call ‘lotte’), and pez espada (swordfish).’
- ‘Go and enjoy chipirones a la plancha, Gambas a la plancha (grill prawn) and rape a la plancha, just great.’
- ‘After a lifetime of oily, canned sardines, sardinas a la plancha were like a divine revelation.’
- ‘The addition of potato is optional, though when potato and vegetables are added it is normally cooked on a hot plate and called pulpo a la plancha.’
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