The complete glossary of culinary terms – X

The complete glossary of culinary terms – X

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 X


Xacuti is a popular Goan dish from the state of Goa in India. It is a fragrant and spicy curry made with meat (such as chicken, pork or lamb), vegetables, and a blend of spices. The dish is known for its bold flavours and is often served with rice or roti.

Xanthan gum

Xanthan gum is a popular food additive used as a thickener, stabilizer, and emulsifier. It is derived from the bacterium Xanthomonas campestris. It is known for its ability to withstand high temperatures and acidic conditions. Xanthan gum is commonly used in salad dressings, sauces, and beverages. It is also used as a natural alternative to synthetic thickeners. It is water-soluble and produced by the fermentation of sugar with certain microorganisms.


Xiaolongbao is a type of Chinese steamed bun popular in Shanghai cuisine. It is known for its delicate, thin skin and flavourful filling. The bun contains meat (typically pork) or seafood and a savoury broth created by adding a gelatinous mixture to the filling. The broth becomes hot and liquefies when steamed, giving each bite a mouthwatering taste. Xiaolongbao is often enjoyed with a dipping sauce made from vinegar and ginger. It is a delicious and satisfying dish that is loved by many for its unique flavours and textures. It is traditionally steamed in small bamboo baskets.


Xigua is a type of melon that is commonly consumed in China and other parts of Asia. It is known for its sweet and juicy flesh and is often eaten fresh or used in desserts. Xigua is also rich in vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious and refreshing snack.


Ximena refers to a type of fruit that is native to Africa and is known for its sweet and slightly tangy flavour. It is often used in jams, preserves, chutneys, desserts or other sweet dishes.


Xnipec is a traditional spicy salsa or condiment from the Yucatan region of Mexico, made with habanero peppers, purple onions, tomatoes, sour orange juice and salt. Sometimes, oregano, vinegar, bay leaf, coriander or pepper are also used. If sweet orange is used, lemon juice can be added to acidify it; if sour orange is used, it is not necessary. It is often used to add flavour to dishes like tacos, soups, and stews.


Xylitol is a sugar substitute commonly used in culinary applications. It has a sweet taste similar to sugar but contains almost no calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. Xylitol is often used in baking cooking, and as a sugar substitute in beverages. It can also be used as a natural sweetener instead of sugar in recipes. It is widely used as a sugar substitute in sugar-free chewing gums, mints, and other candies.


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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