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

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Why sweat but not brown?

Many recipes require that you sweat vegetables (celery, onions, etc). Why not saute them and brown them a little instead? Would not that develop the flavors even more? Why would you not want that?
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Is there a fool proof way to fry sausage?

I love fried sausage with breakfast; it goes great with bacon. But I've always been a little freaked out about under cooking sausage and I don't prefer cooking the crap out of it. Is there a fool ...
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How do I stop the spatter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Anyway to avoid grease splatter? I am trying to work on using my stove more often, since I have been told that the oven can dry out foods easier. I was cooking some ...
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How can I get fried prawns to be juicy?

Okay I give up, I've tried and failed about 8 times now frying prawns but they never are succulent. The recipe that I want to get done is pretty simple: De-vein. Salt the prawn for some time and ...
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Can I use a regular pan instead of a cast iron skillet?

I am cooking chicken tonight and the recipe says to cook the chicken in a cast iron skillet, well I don't have one, will just a ordinary pan work? I am just learning how to cook, so I don't know to ...
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How to prepare a KFC - like coating for fried chicken? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make extra crispy and crunchy breading like KFC? Hi all. What is your experience on this? I know that probably it is not possible to achieve the same flavour as ...
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Why do my hamburgers smoke?

Whenever I fry hamburgers I can't help but notice that they create a lot of smoke. I have brand new non-stick pans, and an electric stove. I cook them on setting 6, where the stoves max is 8. I don't ...
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Bitter watercress

I have a recipe for spring rolls which call for (essentially) half watercress and half ground pork. I boil the watercress first, then chop it and fry it with carrot, tofu, and seasonings. Then I add ...
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Are sea bass fillets meant to be crisp on the flesh side when fried?

I've just cooked some sea bass fillets (according to the instructions), and was instructed (by the instructions) to turn them from the skin side to the flesh side mid-way through cooking. This led to ...
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What technique should I use to make latkes for a party so that I don't have to stay in the kitchen?

What usually happens is that I fry up fresh latkes during a party and I end up in the kitchen for the majority of the party. Is there a way for me to precook the latkes and then still have them taste ...
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Crisping prosciutto

This may seem like an obvious question, but I have a couple of recipes that I make a lot that require crumbling crisped prosciutto over / in them. Whilst I have experimented with many frying / ...
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(Why) do onions taste sweeter when cooked at lower temperature?

I use onions to add a sweeter taste to some dishes, for example in tomato sauce for pasta. I cook them in oil, with some salt, before adding the other ingredients. It seems to me that when I turn the ...
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Adding spices before or after frying?

If I fry chicken strips for my salad, should I spice them before or after I fry them? I've heard contradicting opinions.
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When to spray or when to use olive oil?

So what's the basic rule of when to spray with PAM etc or when to use olive oil? For ex, for making an omelet, I usually use the spray.
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Which non penetrating method is recommended to check chicken breasts for done-ness when pan fried

i love pan fried chicken usually with some tumeric, salt, pepper, rosemarry, and evoo. Anyways, I don't like to get my thermo dirty everytime, and sometimes i get it a bit overdone, sometimes the ...
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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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Pan reutilization techniques

How to achieve a constant browning and even cooking when you have a bunch of steaks that do not fit on the pan? What happens to me is that usually the first batch gets not brown enough, and the ...
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Excessive water when cooking scallops

This is partly a continuation of this question, since that one was already closed, but my question is about a specific problem encountered the last time I cooked scallops. I got the pan up to a ...
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How do I make tempura turn out light?

I've probably only made tempura 10 times in my life, with fairly inconsistent results. often it has been heavier than the best restaurant versions I've had. There seem to be many variables involved: ...
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Make crispy rice noodles without frying

Everywhere I've read about cooking puffed rice noodles says that the soaked noodles need to be fried. I need a less messy alternative to frying. Is there a way I could bake them to get the same or ...
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How can I cook a perfect deep-fried Mars bar?

I've seen on Internet the description of deep-fried Mars bar (dish originated at chip shops in Scotland), and I wonder how can I do it at home.
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Can I reuse coconut oil for cooking?

I was using Coconut oil to fry up tostada shells and I was wondering if its safe to reuse the oil I used the night before to cook up more shells the next day?
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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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What heat & fat do you use for fried mushrooms?

I like fried mushrooms with my steak. What techniques should I use when cooking them? What sort of fat (if required) should I use? What heat is suggested?