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100+ Lithuanian Cooking Terms: An Easy Guide

August 5, 2022
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Are you packing your luggage for your most anticipated trip to Lithuania? Then how about we take a moment of pause, sit back, and read some of the Lithuanian cooking terms? Lithuanian cuisine is known to be one of the most unique, with a traditional concoction of ingredients that you are sure to crave once you land. Thus, knowing some cooking words that help make excellent Lithuanian food like fried bread or potato pancakes will be an essential asset. If you want to learn Lithuanian and impress the locals, keep reading and enjoy!

Lithuanian Food Facts

Since we are talking about cooking terms in this blog, it is essential to have a quick peek at what the traditional Lithuanian food culture has to provide. Below are some facts and tips on traditional Lithuanian cuisine that will make your trip more exciting and successful.

  1. While the Lithuanian food base is almost like other European and American countries, filled with bread and cheese, the most fantastic Lithuanian version is the rye bread. Fried bread or Lithuanian dark rye bread is the most popular dish, fried in oil and garnished with cheese sauce. Unlike Mexican or Indian words, Lithuanian cuisine consists of comfort food that is subtle in taste with fewer spices and more sauce and vegetables.
  2. One of the fascinating facts about Lithuanian dishes is the national dish of Lithuania, Cepelinai. These are potato dumplings stuffed with mind-boggling ground meat, usually served with bacon gravy. The name cepelinai was introduced due to the oval shape of the food that neatly resembles the Zeppelin airship. Once you reach Lithuania, make sure you grab the best Lithuanian beer and have a taste of the Lithuanian national dish.
  3. Soups are an everyday item that we all love. But what makes the Lithuanians different is that cold beet soup or cold borscht is not just a taste fantasy but also a tradition that is believed to bring good health. Lithuanian soups hold an exalted position, unlike other Eastern European countries or nations. They are one of the most popular, authentic, and traditional Lithuanian dishes that you will encounter in every corner of the country.
  4. Another exciting fact about traditional Lithuanian foods is the fondness for potatoes and pork. While potato fries and chips are ordinary everywhere, Lithuanian potato dishes like grated potatoes with sour cream, boiled potatoes with rye bread, potato pancakes, potato pudding, etc., are exceptionally famous. The fun fact is that the Germans introduced the potato influence, and it has been listed as one of the nation's most common and authentic Lithuanian recipes ever since.

Top Dishes In The Lithuanian Cuisine

We cannot move on without going through some tips on what to try once you are seated in Lithuanian restaurants. So, here is a list of all the best traditional dishes you must try during your stay in Lithuania.

  • Bulviniai Blynai with Sour cream (Potato pancakes)
  • Šaltibarščiai (Cold beetroot soup made with hard-boiled eggs and beets. Usually served with hot boiled potatoes or mashed potatoes.)
  • Koldūnai (Lithuanian dumplings stuffed with minced meat)
  • Skilandis (Pear-shaped sausage made of beef or pork.)
  • Sakotis Raguolis (a Famous Lithuanian cake usually consumed on occasions such as Christmas eve)
  • Juoda Ruginė Duona (Black rye bread, traditional food of Lithuanian families served with sour cream, butter, curd cheese, vegetables, ham, etc.)

Lithuanian Cooking Terms Vocabulary

Traditional cuisine Lithuania - Lithuanian cooking terms

Now we will discover all the relevant terms related to cooking in Lithuanian so that you can venture around the country with confidence and excitement. Let's get started.

Vocabulary A-C

EnglishLithuanian
AddPapildyti
AgeAmžius
ArrangeSutvarkyti
AerateAeruoti
BakeKepti
BeatMušti
BatterTešla
BlackenJuodinti
BasteBaste
BarbecueBarbekiu
BlendSumaišykite
BoilVirinama
BoneKaulas
BrushŠepetys
BurnDeginti
CanGali
CoverViršelis
CaramelizeKaramelizuoti
CarveDrožti
CutIškirpti
ChopSukapoti
Churnmaišytuvas
Charapdeginti
CoolSaunus
CreamKremas
Coddlevirkite ant silpnos ugnies
CuredIšgydytas
CombineSujungti
ChunkGabalas

Vocabulary D-H

EnglishLithuanian
DeboneDebone
Deep fryGiliai kepti
DoughTešla
Dippanirti
DrizzleDulksna
DecorateDekoruoti
DrySausas
DrapeUždengti
DrainNusausinkite
DescaleNukalkinti
DeglazeDeglazuoti
FoldSulenkite
FermentFermentuoti
FlipApversti
FlavorSkonis
ForceJėga
FrostŠerkšnas
FrothPutos
FormForma
FryKepti
FreezeUžšaldyti
GarnishGarnyras
GrateSutarkuoti
GrindSumalkite
GrillGrilis
GlazeGlajus
HardenSutvirtinti
HeatŠiluma

Vocabulary I-P

EnglishLithuanian
IceLedas
InsertĮdėti
InfuseInfuzuoti
JuiceSultys
KneadMinkyti
LayerSluoksnis
LeavePalikti
LiftPakelkite
MeltIšlydyti
MarinateMarinuoti
MicrowaveMikrobangų krosnelė
MixSumaišykite
Mashmaišalas
MeasureIšmatuoti
MoldPelėsiai
MinceFaršas
MoundPiliakalnis
MakePadaryti
OilAlyva
Oven fryKepti orkaitėje
OpenAtviras
OvercookPervirti
PeelNulupkite
PoachBrakonierius
PourSupilkite
PercolatePerkošti
PiercePradurti
PressPaspauskite
PreparePasiruoškite
PullTraukti
PrickDūris
PreserveIšsaugoti
PickleMarinuoti agurkai

Vocabulary Q-S

EnglishLithuanian
Quarterketvirtis
ReduceSumažinti
RaisePakelti
ReheatPakaitinti
RoastSkrudinti
RollRitinys
RenderPateikti
RawNeapdorotas
RefrigerateAtšaldyti
RubĮtrinti
RefreshAtnaujinti
SaltDruska
ScaldNuplikyti
ScoopSamtelis
SearApskrudinti
SeasonPaskaninti
ShirrShirr
ScallopŠukutės
SautePakepinti
ScramblePeštynės
SkewerIešmuo
Skinžievelė
SliceSupjaustykite
SimmerTroškinti
ScatterIšsklaidyti
SlideSkaidrė
SoakMirkyti
SpreadPlisti
StuffDaiktai
StrainĮtempti
SweetenPasaldinti
SprinklePabarstykite
StirIšmaišykite
Stir fryMaišydami pakepinti
StewTroškinti
SmokeRūkyti

Vocabulary T-Z

EnglishLithuanian
ToastSkrudinta duona
ThickenSustorėti
TrimApkarpyti
TossMesti
TenderizeSušvelninti
TemperNuotaika
TwistPasukti
TurnPasukite
TieKaklaraištis
TasteSkonis
ThinPlonas
WarmŠiltas
WedgePleištas
WhiskPlakti
WrapApvyniokite
WindPasisukimas
WashNuplaukite
ZestPrieskonis

Cooking Verbs In Lithuanian

Now that you know the cooking terms, it is important to also familiarize yourself with the verb forms. Doing so will help you communicate better without getting baffled. So, here is a list of common cooking verbs you can use in the Lithuanian kitchen while preparing the popular Lithuanian snack.

EnglishLithuanian
To cookVirti
To bakeKepti
To chopSusmulkinti
To minceSumalti
To sliceSupjaustyti
To greaseSutepti
To mixMaišyti
To stewTroškinti
To barbecuePrie kepsninės
To fryKepti
To grindŠlifuoti
She is bakingJi kepa
They are choppingJie pjausto
I am mincingAš smulkinu
He is slicingJis pjausto
I am greasingAš tepu
She is mixingJi maišosi
I am fryingaš kepu
They are grindingJie šlifuoja

Lithuanian Food Ingredients

Since we are already talking about cooking, baking, and mincing, let us quickly go through some of the ingredients commonly used in many Lithuanian dishes. Learning these will only enhance your skills and make you more clear about your desires as you check out the Lithuanian menu.

EnglishLithuanian
BasilBazilikas
Black pepperJuodasis pipiras
ChiliČili
CinnamonCinamonas
CorrianderKalendra
Cumin seedsKmynų sėklų
Fresh berriesŠviežios uogos
GarlicČesnakai
GingerImbieras
Ground mustardMaltos garstyčios
Ground cardamonSumaltas kardamonas
Green onionsSvogūnai
Oreganoraudonėlis
Paprikapaprika
Poppy seedsAguonos
Root vegetablesŠakninės daržovės
Spring onionsSvogūnų laiškai

If you want to learn more about ingredients, check out the Lithuanian Ingredients Guide by Ling.

Cooking Phrases In Lithuanian

Dark rye bread - Lithuanian cooking terms

Although reading some words will help you become a better speaker, learning some phrases will double the effect. If you want to learn phrases in Lithuanian to make Lithuanian traditional foods, refer to the table below and discover the standard lines you can regularly use in a kitchen.

EnglishLithuanian
Always bake after coating bread crumbsVisada kepkite apibarstę duonos trupiniais
Baking is a fun hobbyKepimas – smagus hobis
Bake the cake for 25 minutesPyragą kepkite 25 minutes
Cook the chicken till its tenderKepkite vištieną, kol ji suminkštės
You should tenderize the porkTurėtumėte suminkštinti kiaulieną
You should bake in a hot ovenReikėtų kepti karštoje orkaitėje
Cut the pieces properlyTinkamai supjaustykite gabalus
Chop the onions into tiny piecesSvogūnus supjaustykite smulkiais gabalėliais
You should roast the pork for 5 minutesKiaulieną reikia kepti 5 minutes
The cake needs to be frozenTortą reikia užšaldyti
Mix the paste with the meatSumaišykite pastą su mėsa
Can you stir fry vegetables?Ar galite maišyti daržoves?
Add the Lithuanian cheese to the friesĮ bulvytes suberkite lietuvišką sūrį
Preheat the oven before bakingPrieš kepdami įkaitinkite orkaitę
We will add baked potatoes with fishDedame keptas bulves su žuvimi
Spread the curd cheese evenlyTolygiai paskleiskite varškės sūrį
The crust should be thinnerPluta turi būti plonesnė
Saute the soup for 10 minutesTroškinkite sriubą 10 minučių
Can you grind it for me?Ar galite jį sumalti už mane?
The dish looks deliciousPatiekalas skaniai atrodo

Wrapping Up!

Enjoyed learning the above lists? Knowing such terms will only make your journey more open and accurate. No matter where you go, food will always be the universal language of making friends and finding love. Thus, understanding cooking terms will boost knowledge of the country's cooking and food culture. Moreover, if you are a food blogger or a fantastic cook, these words will surely come in handy once you start your Lithuanian cooking journey.

So, if you want to continue learning and exploring to enlighten yourself with Lithuania's more profound culture and language, Ling App is just the right choice for you. Click on the download button on AppStore and PlayStore and enjoy reading Lithuanian.

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