À la Minute

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Definition: In the culinary arts, mainly in high-volume restaurants, à la minute refers to a style of cooking where an item, or particularly its accompanying sauce, is prepared to order, rather than being prepped in advance and held for service.

When a sauce is prepared à la minute, it is often prepared in the same pan in which the item was cooked.

Pronunciation: Ah-la min-OOT

Examples: Sauté the cutlets and then make the sauce à la minute.