The complete glossary of culinary terms – Y

The complete glossary of culinary terms – Y

Reading a recipe and aren’t sure about some of the ingredients, terms, and recipe techniques included? You’re not alone if you’ve ever found yourself lost in a restaurant menu or need clarification on a recipe. Even for the most gifted Chefs, there are terms in a recipe that make them stop and say, “Huh?” The culinary world is full of unique terms, jargon, and words and techniques that can be challenging to understand and master. That’s where the complete glossary of culinary terms comes in. This comprehensive guide is designed to demystify the world of cooking and help you easily navigate complex recipes. This glossary covers everything from ingredients and cooking methods to equipment and kitchen jargon. It provides all the essential knowledge you need to navigate the world of cooking. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting in the kitchen, this guide is a must-have tool for expanding your culinary skills and knowledge. So grab your apron and get ready to elevate your cooking endeavours with the Fast2eat complete glossary of culinary terms.

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Here is a glossary of culinary terms starting with the letter Y

Yaki onigiri

Yaki onigiri is a popular Japanese street food that consists of a triangular-shaped rice ball filled with various ingredients such as tuna, salmon, or pickled plum. It is grilled over a flame or pan-fried, often served with a drizzle of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce. Yaki onigiri is a convenient and delicious snack found at many food stalls and restaurants in Japan.

Yaki soba

Yaki soba is a popular Japanese noodle dish made by grilling or stir-fried soba noodles. It is often served with a savoury sauce and topped with vegetables, meat, or seafood. Yaki soba is a hearty and flavourful dish perfect for a quick and easy meal.


Yakitori is a type of Japanese skewered chicken dish that is typically grilled over charcoal. It is made by alternating chunks of chicken on skewers and cooking them until they are fully cooked and slightly charred. Yakitori is often served with a savoury sauce, a popular street food in Japan.


Yeast is a leavening agent commonly used in baking to ferment the dough and produce beer. It’s a tiny, single-cell microorganism that feeds on the sugar in the dough, creating carbon dioxide gas that makes the dough rise. It is responsible for the rise and texture of bread, as well as the flavour of beer and other fermented products. There are many different types of yeast, including baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, and feed yeast, each with its own specific uses and characteristics.

Yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin tuna, also known as yellowfin ahi, is a fish found in warm waters worldwide. It is highly prized for its firm texture and mild flavour, making it a popular choice for sushi and sashimi. Yellowfin tuna is also commonly used in grilling and searing due to its ability to hold its shape. Additionally, it is a good source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. When purchasing yellowfin tuna, it is important to ensure that it is sustainably sourced to protect the health of the species and the oceans.


Yellowtail is a type of fish that is commonly found in sushi and seafood dishes. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavour and a firm fatty texture, making it a popular choice for raw and cooked preparations. Yellowtail is often served in nigiri sushi or sashimi but can also be grilled, sautéed, or baked. It pairs well with flavours like soy sauce, ginger, and citrus. Overall, Yellowtail is a versatile and delicious fish that seafood lovers should definitely give a try.


Yogurt is a nutritious food that can provide several health benefits. It is a fermented dairy product made by adding specific bacterial cultures to milk, known for its creamy texture and tangy flavour. It is high in protein, calcium, and probiotics, which can support digestive health. Some yogurt brands also offer additional nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Choose a plain, unflavored yogurt to get the most health benefits.

Yorkshire pudding

Yorkshire pudding is a traditional British dish made from a batter mixture of eggs, flour, and milk cooked in a hot oven until puffy and golden-brown. It’s often served with roast beef, gravy, or pork and is a popular side dish in British cuisine.


Yufka is a traditional round Turkish flatbread that is similar to phyllo dough. It is a light, thin, crispy bread typically used to make wraps, börek (a pastry), or as a base for various dishes. Yufka can be found in different sizes and is usually made with simple ingredients such as flour, water, and salt. It is a versatile bread that can be enjoyed with different fillings and flavours. Whether you use it to make a savoury or sweet dish, yufka is a delicious and popular choice in Turkish cuisine. Yufka pastry is typically filled with cheese, spinach, or minced meat. It is a popular breakfast or snack item in Turkey and is often served with tea. It is often layered in dishes like baklava or börek.

Yum cha

Yum cha is a popular tradition in Chinese culture, often enjoyed during social gatherings or as a light meal. It’s a Chinese style of brunch or afternoon tea that involves drinking tea and enjoying a variety of dim sum dishes, such as steamed dumplings and buns.


Yuzu is a versatile citrus fruit native to East Asia that is used in various dishes and drinks. It has a unique flavour and fragrance that is sweet and tart, making it a great addition to sushi, cocktails, and even desserts. Yuzu juice and zest are popular ingredients in Japanese cuisine, often used as a marinade or dressing for sushi and other dishes.


This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers a variety of culinary terms.
Did we leave any out? What would you add to this list of culinary terms?
If you need more terms or have any other questions, please ask in the comments, and we will update our ever-growing list.


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