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

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What's the secret for Chinese fried rice?

I see a lot of recipes for fried rice, but never seem to be able to give the gorgeous lightly browned color (and therefore flavor) to my rice. This is before adding soy sauce or anything else. Is ...
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How to prevent sticking and get a nice searing on scallops

When I am searing scallops, they often stick in the pan and most of the time, they are very hard to turn. I use only a little oil 1-2 tablespoons. Am I not using enough?
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When coating raw meat with flour, does leaving it for a period of time make the flour 'disappear'?

I recently trying the flour coating trick before frying it so my meat can withstand more temperature and does not get dried up so easily inside. However, when I rolled the meat with all-purpose flour ...
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Why does my pan always splatter when I make chicken breasts?

I've been cooking for myself since summer started and have been pan-frying a lot of chicken breasts in Sunflower oil. They taste great, but from about halfway through, there's a TON of splattering. ...
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How do I make prettier fried eggs?

I have no problem cooking fried eggs to my desired doneness or keeping them intact while cooking and serving. But eggs cooked by professional chefs and diner line cooks look like this: The white ...
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Maintaining crispy fried potatoes while cooking with onions and peppers

I love fried potatoes, and I love them even more when there are some delicious vegetables mixed in, like onions and bell peppers. The problem is that I can't figure out how to cook all these things ...
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Why does bacon curl?

When frying bacon in the pan, it tends to curl. What causes this? Is there a way to slow down that process itself?
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Max Temp for Fried Chicken

I'm currently working for a fried chicken pop up restaurant and we're trying to lock down our process to ensure chicken is fully cooked but comes out fast, crunchy, and juicy. So far I've just been ...
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Why do people put oil/butter in pan when frying ground beef?

I have always wondered why people put oil or butter in a pan before browning ground beef. It doesn't make sense since you end up having to drain the grease in the end anyways. What is the purpose of ...
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Crisping chicken skin after braising

I have a go-to chicken dish that I like a lot. I marinate thighs in a soy based marinade and then brown them. Then I mix the marinade flavors, chicken broth and rice and put the thighs in skin side ...
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What oil or fat to use for different purposes?

I understand that one of the main reasons to use different kinds of fat or oil is the temperature at which it burns, e.g. an extra-virgin olive oil to fry a steak wouldn't work. Taste is also a very ...
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Why didn't my pan-fried potato wedges turn out crispy?

Here's what I did: I cut up some red potatoes into wedges, tossed them in oil and spice and pan fried them on the heat setting of 7.5 (9 is the max and it is a bare element stove). I put the lid on ...
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How to fry meat without spattering oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any way to avoid grease splatter? Tonight I cooked dinner, which involved sausages for me, and chicken drumsticks for my partner. The sausages went great, then ...
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Frying panko crusted pork chops

I've been trying to fry panko coated pork chops. Followed standard recipe which includes seasoning, dipping it in egg wash and milk, coating it with panko breadcrumbs, the usual drill. However, when I ...
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How to evenly fry cubes?

I have long struggled with pan-frying cube-shaped foods to try to get them evenly browned on all sides. I have this struggle with potatoes and tofu, and there are likely other foods it applies ...
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The secret to hash browns / home fries / breakfast potatoes

I have never been successful in making pan-fried potatoes àla the American diner. It seems like such a simple concept, but they never turn out right! Usually undercooked & oily, with some parts ...
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How do I leave fried eggs intact?

Note: I looked through to see if there were any similar questions, but it appears that most of them were about eggs done over easy. I like having my fried eggs over hard. Unfortunately, it seems that ...
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Why does my olive oil smoke/burn when I fry with it?

I see many chefs/people in food channels who use olive oil to fry stuff (like salmon). However, when I add olive oil for frying it quickly burns releasing dark smoke. Is there a specific type of olive ...
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How to fry Rösti so that it stays together?

I have been trying to prepare rösti a number of times these last few weeks with meager results. I have tried both making fresh rösti from grated potatoes and using vacuumed ready-to-fry rösti from the ...
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How can you judge when a non-stick pan is the correct temperature for pan frying?

With stainless steel pans you can perform a water test to see if the pan is the correct temperature for frying but how do you tell with a non-stick pan?
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How best to pan-fry tofu?

I love fried tofu, but I don't want to have a deep fryer in my home (I'll use it too much!). I've tried a few different techniques for pan-frying tofu, but it always comes out unsatisfying - too dry, ...
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How long to stir-fry vegetables to retain most nutrients? [closed]

If I need to stir-fry vegetables, how long is the ideal time? I like stir-frying vegetables (almost my staple food) but I don't want to lose much of the nutrients.
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How to put the bacon IN the burger?

I want to make unique and hopefully really awesome bacon cheeseburgers tonight. If I had been thinking I would have purchased cuts of meat to grind myself, possibly with the cooked bacon, but what I ...
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Frying pan - Heat Distribution

I have a frying pan and I want to fry 3 sausages. I want to heat them thoroughly, and want to know the most effective way to distribute heat when frying multiple items in a single frying pan. Do I ...
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Olive oil, Canola oil, or almond oil [duplicate]

Which kind of oil is best to fry steak in a cast-iron skillet with?? Olive, Canola, almond ?? I'm looking for the best taste profile also. Thanks.
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Which method of cooking does the age of the egg matter least?

I have a tray of older eggs (almost 2 weeks old). Previously I never paid attention to thier age and cooked whatever I wanted, but after poaching some super fresh eggs obtained from the farmers ...
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Is it Safe to Fry Honey?

I have honey and porkchops. Is it safe to marinate the porkchops in a honey based marinade and then fry them in a blend of cooking oils?
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using deep fried oil for regular frying

Is it okay to use oil that was used for deep frying for regular frying (for example frying your omelette ? For the sake of the argument, lets assume that the oil hasn't changed its color or smell at ...
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Difference between different brands of same oil

I was at the supermarket just now, and there were 2 types of refined canola oil, with very different pricing. Is there any reason to believe that the cheaper one is of different quality? I mean both ...
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How to fry Italian sausages without producing so much smoke?

I just fried 2 Italian sausages on a non-stick pan, which created enough smoke to briefly set off my smoke alarm. The sausages are delicious, but how can I do this next time without producing so much ...
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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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Technique for shaping meat for cordon blue (alike)

In last few years I have eaten a few cordon blue like variations which were quite delicious. I have tried replicating some of them at home, and while they were quite delicious I am wandering what ...
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Distributing small amounts of oil around a non-stick pan

I have difficulty evenly distributing oils (butter, chicken or bacon fat, and other oils) around a non-stick pan. Of course I can use cooking spray, but I need a solution for all fats. If I don't ...
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oil disappearing from pan

I have an aluminium hard anodized non stick pans. When I use oil for sauteing, it many times disappears - For example when i fry shallots or eggplants. Is this normal? Even if I use a large amount of ...
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Can you use baking powder in a breading?

I'm trying to make chicken wings. As I want it to be extra crispy, I'm looking to use baking powder in my flour/starch breading. However, every recipe I see that uses baking powder has it in a batter. ...
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How to fry big potato pancakes for hungarian pancakes?

Good hungarian pancakes use potato pancakes the size of a big plate as base under the goulash. I never managed to successfully flip such a pancake. I can make small ones that occupy 1/3 of the pan ...
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Is there a way to make delicious donuts with a small amount of oil?

I like donuts but I don't make them at home because for a bowl of donuts I consume a lot of oil. The oil gets a sweet taste to it afterwards and can't reuse it for cooking something else than cakes. ...
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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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How to crisp breaded foods the next day (especially panko)

I breaded some fish today, and the other day, chicken. Unfortunately, I over-estimated, and fried a whole bunch that we didn't eat. If I nuke it (microwave it) the next day, it comes out soggy and ...
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Cooking up onions, without oil

For a while now I have been trying to reduce my intake of fried food, or food otherwise cooked with oil. However I still make a lot of things with onions, and I end up sautéeing them with vegetable ...
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Olive oil vs almond oil for frying ground beef?

I need to fry some ground beef with some spices (black pepper, mustard seeds, cumin, cinnamon, salt, garlic, onion). I have olive oil and also almond oil. What are the relative strengths and ...
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How to pick ripe plantains for maduros?

I'm trying to make sweet fried plantains (maduros) but I'm not having much success. I've tried frying on low, medium, and high heat and with varying amounts of oil. The plantains never come out soft ...
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Which cut makes cheapest goulash?

I found I like goulash very much, but the bang for the buck is rather poor - I don't get much made for the amount of meat used up. I tried using different cuts; ham, neck, shoulder. The latter, ...
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(How) Can I fry red lentils? [closed]

I really like the taste and texture of red lentils and I've been cooking them (sometimes together with rice) as a side dish or as part of the main dish. However, I wondered if and how you would go ...
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Panko-breaded tilapia, medium fried, non-stick pan, absorbed oil

I just cooked some breaded tilapia. The breading consists mostly of panko. As per my "chef" training, to bread it, I did the usual: Dusted the fish in flour first Dipped it in egg next Dredged it in ...
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How to make dutch pannekoek?

How can I make those Dutch pannekoek, specially those salty ones that have cheese and mushrooms? Every time I try, I end up burning those "toppings".
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Why did my tomato soup turn thick and brownish?

I tried to improvise a tomato soup following these steps: Slice tomatoes, briefly stir-fry for aroma, together with some onions, garlic pepper, salt, and a bit of sugar. While still hot, purée all ...
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Why does food cooked with peanut oil stick less than food cooked with sunflower oil?

I tried both peanut oil and sunflower oil on the same food cooked in the same pan and noticed that when cooked with sunflower oil, the food tends to stick to the pan. If I use peanut oil, I have less ...
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Why does cooking mushrooms longer alter the taste so much?

When pan frying sliced regular white mushrooms, I prefer to cook them on high-heat with a generous amount of EVO until they shrivel up quite a bit and become golden brown in color. This is opposed as ...
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What's the technique for frying plantain?

After enjoying a recent BBC Food Programme podcast about bananas I bought some green plantain. I fried them, for breakfast, and ate them with an egg. They were hard and dry and not very nice. My ...