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

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How to prevent fish disintegrating in frying pan

Twice now I've tried pan frying fillets of white fish (Swai and Flouder) in olive oil and butter. Both times the fish has disintegrated into unsightly mush. Is there some technique I'm missing? How ...
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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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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 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 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 do I prevent food from sticking to a standard (non-coated) pan?

On cooking shows I always see cooks using ordinary pans without non-stick coatings, and nothing ever seems to stick to their pans. But when I try the same recipes at home, my food always sticks. ...
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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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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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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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Pan frying chicken breasts?

I've got these nice chicken breasts, pre-marinated, from the supermarket meat counter. There was a little sign on 'em that said "Great for pan searing!" (Is that different from frying, really?) How ...
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How do I make the panko bread stick to my egg-coated chicken?

I am trying to do a pan-fried schnitzel with chicken breast coated in a mix of eggs, salt, pepper, some ketchup, a bit of olive-oil and sweet paprika. Once I coat the chicken in the egg mix, I try to ...
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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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Blowtorch and frying oil - dangerous?

I got a kitchen blowtorch for Christmas. Frying eggs in vegetable oil for breakfast, it occurred to me that the blowtorch would be an effective way to cook the last few uncooked parts of the white on ...
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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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Should you avoid cooling a frying pan with water?

Sometimes after I fry something, I wash it immediately in water because it's a bit easier to wash (before the remains stick to the pan). Does this damage the pan in any way?
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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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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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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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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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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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(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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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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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 do you figure out how much oil to use for pan frying?

How do you go about figuring how much oil to use for frying? Off the top of my head, I can think of a number of factors such as the type of food, how well you want to cook it, the type of oil, the ...
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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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PA style fried chicken with no breading or batter, just a thin amber color crisp coating

When I was a little fellow I lived in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. Many diners that we ate at had a fried chicken that had just a thin crispy amber coating. The order was usually a half of a ...
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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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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 you cook calamari/squid and avoid making it tough

having a hard time with this seemly simple 'snack'. The calamari and squid is usually given to me by my neighbour (seafood monger). It's frozen and a mix of baby octopus and squid rings, no label. ...
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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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Do lamb kidneys require their cores to be removed and what is the easiest way to remove them?

I am cooking lamb kidneys by frying them on a pan. If I do not remove the cores of the kidneys, that tissue in the core remains and is hard to chew afterwards. Is there a way to cook the kidneys ...
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No oil on non-stick pans?

My boyfriend is convinced that a non-stick coating on a pan (Teflon, seasoned cast iron, eco-ceramic, what have you) is equivalent to eliminating the need for using any cooking oil whatsoever. Is ...
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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 ...