I want to double this recipe, which calls for browning the floured meat in a pan in 4 tsp of oil, then sauteing the onion in 2 tsp of oil.

Do I need to also double the amount of oil for either or both of these? I am thinking that the meat doesn't absorb oil so no, but the onion will so yes, but I'm not at all sure.

  • Big T is tablespoons! The recipe calls for teaspoons!
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 9, 2017 at 17:28
  • @catija Yeah, I discovered that when I was writing up my notes for how it went. :) Oops. Came out great though. May just do that from now on. I'd never seen a recipe that fried something in oil and called for an amount of oil in less than than Tablespoons. Commented Jun 10, 2017 at 17:34
  • Well, 4 tsp is over a tbsp (3 tsp/tbsp), so that's not different, really.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 10, 2017 at 18:02
  • @Catija, yeah, really, what's a factor of three between friends. :) Commented Jun 11, 2017 at 23:47

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The main issue I would be wary of is that you have sufficient space in the pan for all of the meat to brown well.

Generally, it's better to do the meat in batches so that it has room and doesn't cool the pan off too much - you want to brown the meat, not steam it. When I make stew in my stainless steel 12 inch pan using two pounds of stew meat (cubed beef, lamb, or bison), I still usually need to do 2-3 batches to leave room for good browning.

So, while this is a tangential answer, my recommendation is to do one recipe worth of the meat at a time (if your pan can accommodate it all) and, with the second batch, add enough oil to make it look like the same amount of oil as the first batch had. While the meat may not absorb much, the flour may, and the meat will get coated - plus there's usually a good amount of splatter, so you will likely need to add at least 2-3 tsp of oil for the second batch.

As to the onion, I'd probably increase it by half again, so use 3 tsp. Since you're doing this all in the same pan the important thing is to really look at what's in the pan before you add oil each time. If there's still a lot of fat in the pan after you've finished your browning, use less oil. Alternately, if you're using a really fatty cut of meat, it may release a bunch of grease, so you don't really need to add a lot of oil. I find that, quite often, the amounts of oil are much more liberal than really necessary, so I can get away with using quite a bit less and still get good browning without burning.

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