I am doing a comparison with baked to determine the amount of added fat.

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    Have you tried weighing your doughnuts before and after deep frying/baking them? Feb 24, 2017 at 12:43
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    There's no one answer to this. Oil absorption will depend upon your batter/dough, oil temperature, donut size... etc.
    – Catija
    Feb 24, 2017 at 20:28
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    @ wumpus, I don't that will work because there is some moisture lost during the frying. Feb 25, 2017 at 10:39
  • I have edited the question accordingly, but you still need to explain what you mean with "a comparison with baked." Hint: always edit your question as well.
    – user34961
    Mar 17, 2018 at 20:02

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I sold deep fry oil for a few years. According to company and industry studies, it could add 10%, but up to 1/4 of the weight if using the wrong oil or wrong temperature. Have you eaten a doughnut and it has the fatty taste and “bad mouth feel”- when the fat coats the tongue? They aren’t using the right oil (which melts at a lower temperature), and chances are frying below 350°F or not waiting for the temperature to go up again after frying a previous batch. A properly fried doughnut absorbs less oil and saves the restaurant or bakery money because they can buy less oil.


Mesure the oil before frying the donuts, and measure the oil after you finished frying the donuts and divide the difference between the number of donuts.

Let's say, for (simplified) example you want to fry 12 donuts have 4 liters of oil at the beginning, and you have 3.8 liters at the end.

So there's about 200 milliliters that has been absorbed by the 12 donuts, so that about 16 milliliters per donuts.

You can also expand the experience by varying the oil temperature, the donut batter recipe... and see if you can find a good median approximation.

  • Yeah, I think that is the most accurate method. Thank you, Max. Thanks to the others as well. Mar 20, 2018 at 0:50

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