A direct-heat cooking method using oil, butter, or other fat.

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What oil to use when cooking steak, and what difference does it make?

When cooking steak, I have always been told groundnut oil is the best to use. But what difference does it make? Is it the best? And if it is the best, what's the next best?
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Can you caramelize onions without using fat?

Serious Eats: caramelizing onions In this article the writer suggests slightly caramelizing table sugar and after that toss the onions in the caramelized sugar. My question is - wouldn't you need a ...
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Frying with Induction Stovetop

My electric oven died about six weeks ago and, in the meantime, I've been using a 1500 W single burner hot plate. I have proper pans for induction but I can't get certain things to fry properly. ...
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How do you fry a fat, uneven salmon filet?

I can nail a decent medium rare salmon filet. But today the salmon I have bought turned out to be really fat - like 2 inches in height. Its sides have very steep slopes so its bound to cook unevenly. ...
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Questions on frying Chicken breasts

Is the oil temperature limited to 350 or 375. How do I Dry Brine chicken? Is there a rule of thumb for how much seasoning is used? Do I use more seasoning in the marinade than in the flour mixture?
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How do you know when your flavor base is thoroughly sauteed?

I have read that sauteing is basically taking all of the moisture and bite out of aromatic veggies. My assumption is as long as steam comes out of the flavor base (not fat burning smoke) there is some ...
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How do you cook a steak like those found in fine steakhouses?

I went to a 5* restaurant once, the steak was unbelievable. You could cut it with a butter knife, it was fat and juicy, pink in the middle, great stuff. When I cook it at home, I seem to just slice ...
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What causes sticking and what can I do to reduce food sticking to my cast-iron skillet?

I enjoy using my cast-iron skillet, but how can I minimize the amount of food that sticks to it while cooking? I apply oil after cleaning, and for the most part, I only clean it with hot water and a ...
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How should I sautee Portobello Mushrooms?

I frequently use Protobello's in a stir fry or pasta dish as a meat substitute. I find that they absorb a significant amount of oil if I put it in the frying pan. However, if I don't use enough oil, ...
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Can I use cookie cutter shapes in a frying pan?

Was thinking how to spice up our pancakes and eggs for the little ones and remember seeing pancakes in various shapes before. Do people put them right in the pan or bring them out and then cut them ...
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Is it necessary to only boil vegetables (or chicken) or can they be pressure cooked and later be boiled for the flavour to seep in?

I was following this recipe (I've pasted it at the bottom of the question) for which the cooking time mentioned is 30 min. Although for me, it took around 45 min for the vegetables to get cooked. ...
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How do you sear tilapia fish?

I tried searing tilapia as a steak on the stove like I do with salmon... Big mess. I dropped it on boiling hot olive oil. All the skin stuck to the pan and I did not manage to get a medium rare at ...
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What happened to my steak?

I have trouble cooking a steak 'medium', and to be honest, cooking it at all. These were my steps: Bought a steak (hip) that was about 1cm to 1.5cm in height. I let it reach room temperature (1 to ...
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How do you make sure your salmon is cooked through?

I have taken measurements and by the time the slim side of the salmon hits 60c, the middle is barely scratching 30c. With that gap how can you make sure the inside is cooked without overcooking the ...
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How do I eliminate a lingering smell of fried food?

Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the ...
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Do you heat the pan first, then add oil? Or put the oil in and heat up with the pan?

As the title says... I personally heat up the pan first, then put the oil in and after it's heated up add the ingredients. I go with the line of reasoning that doing it this way gives the oil less ...
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How should you saute in butter?

Sauteing is pretty problematic for me with butter. It is difficult to find the sweet spot where you don't burn the butter but don't steam the veggies, and even then seldom I will not get a sizzle even ...
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How do you make the green beans served at Din Tai Fung?

Does anyone know how to make these? I'm pretty sure they are just blanched and fried (w/garlic), but I can't seem to get it right.
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Why does my fry-bread turn out so oily?

I like making fry-bread to go with my chili, but they always seem to be really oily. I like having well browned scones, but I can't seem to do that without plenty of oil, which apparently gets ...
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If oil in a frying pan gets displaced, say by too much liquid being sweated, will the meat be unevenly cooked?

A thought occurred to me that since oil is a better conductor of heat than water, can too much sweating hurt the cooking process? If the meat sweats a lot of liquid, blood or protein then it can move ...
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Cooking meat/fish without Maillard reaction(a.k.a. browning)

Maillard reaction (browning) is the chemical reaction that occurs during frying. Almost all the recipes on cooking meat/fish are all about frying. Even if it's not frying it still mostly incorporates ...
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Egg replacement for fried chicken

I often make fried chicken fingers the traditional way with an egg and milk covered cutlet dredged in seasoned flour, however my girlfriend is now on not only a gluten-free diet, but also a ...
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Storage of uncooked french fries [duplicate]

How long can you store uncooked cut fries? Tried to make some other day, didn't finish. Had quite a bit left over.....am currently storing them in water in refrigerator. How long will they be safe ...
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Will meat taste okay if I cook it in a pan where the leftover fond seems burned?

I have found that after 2 batches of chicken breasts, the fond is in the pan for enough time to start burning, so the third batch gets a little black and starts to taste burned. Does it mean that I ...
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How do you cook boneless chicken thighs?

I can cook beef steak and chicken breasts pretty good, but boneless chicken thighs is where I have some issues. First it is uneven in width, making it hard to properly cook the insides without ...
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Brown sediments when frying meat

Possibly, this is a rather trivial question, but I've not yet found any good explanation. Whether I cook a steak for bacon, as long as it is red meat, the ground of the pan fills with a brown ...
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How do you prevent salmon from falling apart when frying?

I have tried frying salmon filet and besides the fact it was very raw on the inside it fell apart when I tried to flip it over. Why? *Skin was on.
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How to fry eggplant with less oil?

Frying eggplant is somewhat tricky, as it absorbs oil like a sponge. I read some tricks like brushing egg white or flour on the eggplant slices before frying. None of these tricks are good enough to ...
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How do I make Crispy Gnocchi

This is turning out to be harder than I expected. I had gnocchi at a restaurant which had a crispy outside. I fail to consistently achieve this. I have tried shallow frying — gnocchi just absorbs all ...
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How should you go about heating a pan before adding oil? [duplicate]

I always see chefs pre-heating a pan until it is searing hot and then they add the oil (something with the pores inside the pan). But recently while I inquired about why white smoke comes off my pan ...
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Crispy sweet potato (yam) fries in a deep fryer?

I bought a roto deep fryer recently. But everytime I make yam fries, they end up being soggy. My process: I cut the sweet potato fries to about 1/4 inch. I follow deep fryer instructions of ...
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Salted or unsalted butter [duplicate]

I'm a fan of James Martin and have no problem with the amount of butter that he uses. However, I'm totally unsure what type of butter to use! Salted or unsalted?
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How can I get my bacon flatter?

When frying bacon, it tends to curl up. I don't like it because my bacon doesn't cook equally and it's hard to get it crisp that way. Is there a technique or a tip so I can have flat bacon?
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Starch accumulating as sediment during shallow fry

Since I was shown how to make tatsutaage (a particular type of Japanese fried chicken with grated ginger in the marinade), I've been tweaking things in the recipe here and there, and this week have ...
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What is the reason my veggies cook unevenly?

Today I sauteed some onions and in some spots they were caramelizing nicely while in others they were slightly burnt. Anyone knows who could be the possible culprit? I am betting on the frying pan ...
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Frying a rooster rather than roasting?

I know that usually roosters are roasted because rooster is tough. But I was wondering if there is a way to fry rooster and have it be tender without using so much meat tenderizer that the meat tastes ...
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How do you cook calamari / squid and avoid making it tough?

I am having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbor who is a seafood monger. It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid ...
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Does a strong smell when cooking spinach indicate anything?

I have some frozen spinach that I fry in a pan along with some other vegetables and meat. While it’s heating up, the spinach doesn’t smell like anything, but after several minutes, it starts to give ...
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Potato rolls are breaking while Deep frying [closed]

I am Making Potato rolls with the covering of all purpose flour. but the problem is while I am deep frying rolls the potato filling comes out after few minutes. I am unable to understand the reason. I ...
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Bubbles on the Noodle surface

I observe lots of bubbles on the noodle surface after frying. What causes this and how can I control it?
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Fried pies lose their shape

Family recipe for Vollinas. 4-5 cups flour 4 egg yolks 1 cup milk 1 pkg yeast 1 stick sweet cream butter 1/2 cup sugar. After mixing & kneading & rising overnight, golf ball size pieces ...
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How do I cook scallops?

I like my scallops caramelized a bit, but every time I fry them I make an enormous mess. Oil splatters everywhere. Any tips? Should I grill them? Can I use the oven? (I try to use scallops ...
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How to keep boudin (blood sausage) slices from disintegrating when pan-frying?

I want to pan-fry some boudin slices and then put them on slices of baguette with some apple compote. I have cooked boudin before and often, the boudin was at least a bit disintegrated by the end. I ...
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How to keep my (deep frying) oil usable as long as possible?

I have a new deep fryer. I am pleased with its results so far. I am not a 'heavy user' though - say once every 2-3 weeks. I want to re-use the oil a couple of times. The deep fryer is covered but not ...
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How can I cool down cooking oil after using it in a deep fryer?

I need to be able to cool down cooking oil quickly after using it in a countertop deep fryer- how can I do that safely?
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Can chicken be partially deep fried to fully fry later?

I own a small food truck serving fried chicken wings, fries and fish and tenders. Serving food fast is the key. I want to give customers a hot meal but, made to order is time consuming. Can I ...
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Does the par-boiling first then frying work for sweet potatoes as well?

I want to make sweet potato wedges. Is it the same process as using russet potatoes? Does the par-boiling first then frying work for sweet potatoes as well?
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How do you properly drain the grease after browning ground beef?

Whenever I try to drain the grease from the pan after I have browned ground beef, I always end up spilling a little here and there. I usually just take a spoon and "spoon out" the grease into a bowl. ...
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How can I make NON-fluffy pancakes?

Every recipe I can find is for "fluffy" pancakes. I prefer thinner, slightly crispy, (very) slightly chewy, non-fluffy pancakes. Basically, the less "cake-like" the better. Apparently I'm the only ...
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How to store cut potatoes for the morning?

Hi all, I am new here; so first of all, NICE TO MEET YOU! I want to ask for potatoes storage; as the title said. I usually fry potatoes with the following steps ( I am sure these are good tips ). ...