I got a deep fryer for Christmas, and that made me think of all the donut recipes I have seen floating about, like this one for crullers or this one for chocolate dipped donuts.

These are just two examples, but I noticed they all call for a pot filled with about 2 inches of oil heated to a certain temperature. My deep fryer does have adjustable temperature settings, so that would be fine, but I am not sure if using the deep fryer instead of the pot of oil would work.

Is a deep fryer an okay substitute? I really want to get some good use out of it, and this sounded somewhat plausible. Am I completely off-track?

  • Isn't a pot with oil a substitute for a deep fryer? – Mien Jan 2 '12 at 19:51
  • @Mien I suppose it could be. I have no idea - I am new to this whole thing. – Ash Jan 2 '12 at 20:09

You can definitely cook donuts in a deep fryer. Most, if not all, donuts shops cook them in that manner. Just make sure your temperature is good and use something like chopsticks to flip them.

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    I suspect that the recipes asking for as much as 2" of oil are written based on the assumption that the reader doesn't have a deep fryer... otherwise they'd just say to use the fryer. – Aaronut Jan 2 '12 at 20:38

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