Kitchen Vocabulary (Verbs)

Hello friends,

Today I will share some 30 odd Afrikaans verbs related to the kitchen.

The English word will always be first with the Afrikaans word following.

Note: “b.v.” is short for by voorbeeld which means ‘for example’.

Note 2: Here the infinitive forms of the verbs are used.


  • Cook – Kook
  • Stir – Roer
  • Bubble(-ing) – Borrel
  • Scoop – Skep
  • Scrape – Skraap
  • Heat up – Opwarm/Verhit
  • Thaw – Ontdooi
  • Freeze – Vries
  • Fry – Braai
  • Pour – Gooi
  • Burn – Brand
  • Scorch – Skrooi
  • Whip/Whisk – Klits
  • Melt – Smelt
  • SautĂ© – Soteer
  • Peel – Afskil
  • Cool down – Afkoel
  • Knead – Knie
  • Separate (e.g. eggs) – Skei (b.v. eiers)
  • Mix – Meng
  • Mix together – Saam meng
  • Mix in – In meng
  • Sift – Sif
  • Smear – Smeer
  • Cut up – Opsny
  • Cut – Sny
  • Drain (e.g. the water) – Dreineer (b.v. die water)
  • Measure – Afmeet
  • Bake – Bak
  • Preserve (e.g. jam) – InlĂȘ (b.v. konfyt)
  • Simmer – Prut
  • Chop = Opkap, Vynkap or just plain Kap

Cheers!

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