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

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Why do you need to fry onions and garlic before adding other ingredients to a dish?

I've been using an online Paella recipe that instructs you to sweat some onions for 5 minutes, then add garlic for a few minutes, followed by the vegetables, tomatoes, rice and stock. Is there a ...
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What's the difference between pan frying, sauteing, and shallow frying?

As I understand it, all of these terms refer to cooking food in a small amount of fat/oil. What exactly is the difference?
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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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Alternative to cream for fried chicken recipe

I've recently gotten a fried chicken recipe that I really enjoy. However, the coating (seasoned flour) is held on with egg and cream (mix 1 egg and 1/4 cup heavy cream, dip the chicken in the flour ...
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Why breadcrumb is necessary for deep-frying?

As I've always known, or at least this is the habid in Hungary: adding covering meat slices with breadcrumb (after the flour and the egg) is necessary, even the frozen but previously deep-fried turkey ...
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Why does oil bubble when you fry things?

My apologies if this question is misplaced, but I've always wondered: what causes the oil to bubble and sizzle when you fry something in it? It's always intrigued me that I could take a totally ...
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How to soften diced meat that was has had too much of its juices leave from being cooked too long?

I have a bad habit of wanting to over cook meat on the frying pan. It's from a phobia that any juices or red/pink coloring inside the meat may contain bacteria/germs etc. So when I cook diced meat on ...
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How to fry in a wok without burning oil?

So I have a wok that I really love using for stir frys / curries because of its high walls. I'm having a lot of trouble though keeping the oil from smoking. It seems like whenever I have the gas ...
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Homemade flour tortillas without cast iron

My wife and I love making things from scratch, but we're just starting out without a lot of equipment. We don't have a cast iron pan, especially because my wife has a neuromuscular disorder, so she ...
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Vinegar and battered chicken?

I made a recipe for crispy shallow-fried battered chicken. The recipe called for a little vinegar to be added to the chicken after drying and seasoning. This dish did not work, the batter (just flour ...
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How to fry an egg without a burnt thin crust around?

Sometimes I fry eggs (1-3 pieces). But they are spread out (blurred) on a pan and where thin egg white burn up. The size of my pans average.
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Beer Batter - let it rest before using or use immediately?

I just purchased a deep fryer and have been looking at different recipes for making beer batter. I noticed that some instruct you to let the batter sit for a number of hours before using it to coat ...
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Deep frying - beer batter vs. bread crumbs

@Joe thank you for answering my earlier question! After an epic fail trying to deep fry beer battered zucchini (ended up with a beer battered pancake-like blob with some zucchini slices on top) I ...
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Flattened chicken breast returns to original size when frying

I like to fry chicken breast whole -- I always flatten the meat with a meat hammer first, to make it an even thickness throughout. A few minutes into frying, the meat returns to almost the identical ...
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How to fry carnitas?

I am looking for a good way to prepare carnitas. So far I have tried putting the pork in a slow cooker all day, shredding the meat and then pan frying it in one side in .5 inch of oil for about 2 ...
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Oil for pan-frying lamb chop [duplicate]

I'm learning to cook, and would like to pan-fry a lamb chop. I tried it yesterday, using a tempered chop and some EVOO in my medium-high heat stainless steel frying pan. The result was kind-of OK -- ...
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poaching an egg in frying canola oil

Last night I was doing some fried schnitzels with canola oil at 130-140C (they were very good). After serving them, I felt adventurous and wondered what would happen if I tried to poach an egg in ...
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Why do my onions keep burning?

Twice now, I have burned my onions while heating them in a pan. I was just trying to caramelize them, and they burned every time. They were on medium heat, and I put olive oil at the bottom of the ...
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Is it a good idea or a waste to fry with olive oil? [duplicate]

A NY Times article says it's a waste: After I’d heated them, none of the olive oils had much olive flavor left. In fact, they didn’t taste much different from the seed oils. But How to Cook ...
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re-fry fried food

Heating cold (refrigerated or frozen) food is a problem . Heating fried food always fails (ex. crisp parts turn loose). At some restaurants, I saw that they re-heat fries by re-frying them again (few ...
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Type of oil to cook white/black pudding in?

What type of oil is best for pan frying either white pudding or black pudding? I don't want to use bacon grease (I'm not cooking any bacon) and cannot fry it in its own fat (no fat renders out of ...
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How to tell if stir fry lamb is done?

I am following this recipe to make stir fry lamb. However, I always end up overcooking the lamb out of fear of serving raw food, resulting in tough pieces of meat. How do I tell when the slices of ...
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How to make extra crispy and crunchy breading like KFC?

I'm wondering how I would go about making extra crispy chicken breading like they do at many places like KFC and the like. Is there a certain ingredient that makes the breading like that? Any ...
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Cooking schnitzel without thinning it

I'm quite good in cooking schnitzels, but in the place where I live now there is no hammer to thin the meat. I wander if I can use the same technique like coating in breadcrumbs and frying on the pan ...
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The secret to Pringles like potatoes

Some context: I'm not a cook, hardly even a good amateur, this considered: I would like to know if it is possible to, with everyday cooking accessories, make some home-made potatoes that are as ...
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tamagoyaki eggs sticking to the pan

I've gone through many boxes of eggs trying to cook tamagoyaki, that's Japanese rolled omelet. It uses a rectangle frying pan which is the same as an ordinary frying pan, but rectangle shaped. In ...
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Is it possible to fry vegetables in cream?

Cream A: The fat that gathers on the top of boiled milk. Cream B: The cream available in packets: http://www.amul.com/products/amul-freshcream-info.php Can vegetables be actually "fried" in these ...
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Oil separating from fried onion/spice mixture, why does it happen?

I was always taught when cooking Indian dishes to fry spices in a chopped/pureed onion and garlic mixture to release their flavour and essential oils. I was also taught that when the oil separates ...
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How to add water/milk to the sunny side up eggs?

From here: http://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/24325/6168 By mixing in a small quantity of extra water before you cook the eggs, you are slowing down the cooking process by making more water ...
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How do I get breading to stick to pre-cooked chicken for pan frying?

I tried pan fried chicken and pre-cooked the chicken sous vide. This meant that the chicken just needed to be crisped once it went in the pan. I dredged in flour then egg and then panko (Japanese ...
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Can you extend the life of frying oil with lettuce?

Someone told me that putting lettuce in frying oil, it will recover some of the properties. That way you can extend the number of uses you get from this oil. I read (Spanish) that doing so will keep ...
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Can I fry my frozen Maitake pieces with other fresh mushrooms?

I was given a bag of frozen Maitake pieces and read online that they are best cooked without prior defrosting. Can I throw into the skillet a handful of fresh shitake or oyster after awhile?
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How can I pan fry zucchini without making it soggy?

I really enjoy pan frying zucchini in a small amount of olive oil with some salt and pepper. It always turns out tasting great, but it is often times really soggy. Is there any way to pan fry the ...
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What oil/fat is best for basting sunny-side-up eggs?

I've recently gotten into sunny side up eggs. I definitely like the top to be set up a bit, so I baste them in the hot cooking oil. I'm wondering what oils and fats people find best for this. So far ...
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Soaking starches in water for better frying

I'm going to make some sweet potato fries here shortly and I'm using a technique that I saw on television. I cut up my sweet potatoes into fries and I have been letting them soak in water. My ...
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Tricks to mask the burnt flour taste

I fried some chicken in some rice flour and most of it turned out just fine ( I highly recommend rice flour over AP if you're pan frying). A couple of pieces were a little blacker than I wanted. ...
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How can I cook trout without generating horror stories?

I bought some frozen trout filets, pre-seasoned. As instructed on the box, I left one in the fridge yesterday to thaw overnight. Today -- also as instructed on the box -- I put the stove on ...
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Is it normal for ginger paste to spit violently in oil?

One of my favourite recipes calls for a 3cm piece of ginger peeled and grated. The recipe asks that I heat some vegetable oil in a hot wok, then fry the ginger for 30 seconds before adding the meat ...
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Sautéing vs Frying vs Caramelizing — what's the difference?

What's the difference between sautéing, frying, and caramelizing? When I cook chopped onions in a pan with oil until they are brown and have a slightly sweet taste, which of the above is the correct ...
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Haddock Falling Apart

I coated a haddock filet in flour and then fried it in olive oil. I let it reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit. When I went to flip it it fell apart and broke into sections. What do I need to do to cook a ...
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Should I purchase and use a grease or oil splash screen?

I use a sauce pan often for grilling chicken or frying bacon, and a lot of grease tends to splash out. There are fine mesh screens available with a handle designed to cover the pan without creating a ...
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Should I pour off the liquified fat while cooking bacon?

At home, I'm likely to cook bacon stovetop in a cast iron skillet. In commercial kitchens I've worked in, bacon goes on sheet pans in the oven. In each case, I usually pour off excess fat once or ...
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Jalapeno Poppers and getting a thick crust?

How can I make my batter stick to the outside of the jalapeno so it is thick? It seems every time I try a thicker batter it wont stick as well.
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Making “french fries” out of Cassava/Yuca root

I'm surprised this question isn't already on here, maybe I missed it... To start, had my first taste of yucca cooked as a sort of alternative french fry at a Bolivian restaurant, and it was ...
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How to make boiled and partially fried vegetables palatable?

I boiled carrot and beans pieces till they were soft, fried onions and green chillies in a pan, added 1kg of the carrot and beans to the pan, few pinches of salt and some powdered spices. Fried this ...
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Is there any way to avoid grease splatter?

I often cook fries in a skillet. I put about 1/4 cup vegetable oil into a large skillet and heat on high, then I toss in some frozen fries. As soon as I toss them in there is an explosion of grease ...
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Does searing cause more or less oil to be absorbed than frying?

Let's assume that I have two identical pans, with equal amounts of oil in each, and two practically identical slices of tofu (or whatever else, but I'm referring to items that would be more spongiform ...
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Achieve the crispiness of fried potatoes using baking [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I bake normally fried foods? I usually cut my potatoes into sticks that are slightly bigger than your generic frozen fries. I've tried baking the sticks with low ...
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Can I use flour to make a carrot soup more thick?

I made a carrot soup without the use of a blender as described in previous question link. Which was to chop the carrots and onions really small. The problem is that the result is quite watery. In ...
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Is the Tortilla de Patatas modification to include carrots reasonable and can you cook inside a casserole dish to make it taller?

I want to make Tortilla de Patatas but I have extra carrots that I would like to use somewhere. Can I include them in the frying phase? And can the dish be cooked in a casserole dish in the oven ...