À la Minute
is an expression used to describe a dish that is prepared right away when you order it (cooked to order). Often, the term is used to describe cooking an accompanying sauce of a dish.
When a sauce is said to be ‘prepared à la minute’, more often than not the sauce is prepared from the same pan as the main item was cooked. The sauce is prepared on the the spot to go with the main item of a dish or simply called as ‘cooked to order’, rather than being prepped in advance. Generally cooking à la minute gives a fresher experience with improved flavours.
Origin: Means ‘in a minute’ in French.
Usage example: Sauté the cutlets and then make the sauce à la minute.
Pronunciation: Ah-la min-OOT