Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thick sauce made of puréed fruit or vegetables: raspberry coulis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick sauce made with pureed vegetable or fruit and often used as a garnish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rich brown gravy.

Etymologies

French, strained liquid, from Old French couleis, from Vulgar Latin *cōlāticus, from Latin cōlātus, past participle of cōlāre, to strain; see coulee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A coulis is slightly thicker than a sauce, is often pureed, and can be served cold as a side dish or warm as a sauce.

    A Vegetarian Dinner Party

  • Thai red and Indian garam masala), numerous garnishes (pineapple-flavoured panko crumbs, cucumber "coulis" and huckleberry salsa, to name a few) and a written manifesto of his culinary principles.

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  • There were fresh peaches to peel and slice, and the melon salad drizzled with raspberry-mint coulis had to stand for at least two hours before the refreshing flavors could be fully appreciated.

    Recipe for Love

  • With the berry puree and raspberry-mint coulis prepared, I went out front to inspect the dining room.

    Recipe for Love

  • Best served a sliver at a time, the rich, barely-sweet flavor begs for the balance of a sweet, cool crème anglaise or a red fruit coulis, it is perfect with a dollop or two of lightly-sweetened freshly whipped cream and a tumble of fresh raspberries or one luscious scoop of ice cream: vanilla bean, pistachio, exotic cardamom or grown-up coffee.

    Jamie Schler: Valentine's Day Flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte

  • Best served a sliver at a time, the rich, barely-sweet flavor begs for the balance of a sweet, cool crème anglaise or a red fruit coulis, it is perfect with a dollop or two of lightly-sweetened freshly whipped cream and a tumble of fresh raspberries or one luscious scoop of ice cream: vanilla bean, pistachio, exotic cardamom or grown-up coffee.

    Jamie Schler: Valentine's Day Flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte

  • Goat cheese bavarian with red beet foam, lemon coulis, and candied walnuts

    Star chefs, star recipes, single burners

  • Whipped cream, chocolate swirls, caramel shards, confectioners sugar and coulis in a dozen different flavors were heaped onto plates to the point where they almost obscured the actual dessert!

    Smuckers PlateScapers Vanilla, reviewed | Baking Bites

  • The fresh fruit is a lovely touch, not so much the artsy coulis. $7 per slice.

    Tangy-Sweet Citrus Goodness

  • The fresh berries are a lovely touch, not so much the artsy coulis. $7 per slice.

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