Definition of a la plancha in US English:

a la plancha

adjective & adverb

  • (of meat or fish) pan-fried or cooked on a griddle.

    • ‘Go and enjoy chipirones a la plancha, Gambas a la plancha (grill prawn) and rape a la plancha, just great.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a lifetime of oily, canned sardines, sardinas a la plancha were like a divine revelation.’
    • ‘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).’

Origin

Spanish.

Pronunciation

a la plancha

/ˌä lə ˈplän(t)SHə/