Frying is a dry heat cooking method in which foods are cooked in hot fat. It is a very versatile cooking technique since almost any type of food can be fried. When properly cooked, fried foods are appreciated for having a wonderfully crunchy crust on the outside, while still being moist and tender on the inside. Frying, however, has a bad reputation of being a very greasy and unhealthy cooking method and this is true, if it is done improperly.
In this Rouxbe Cooking School lesson on How to Shallow Fry and Deep Fry, you will learn how to minimize the negative aspects of fried food by understanding what happens to food during frying. You will learn how to choose the proper fat for frying and the proper cooking temperatures required to produce results with least amount of fat absorption. You will also learn the difference between shallow frying and deep frying and what types of foods are better suited for each technique. Finally, you will learn how to properly handle and finish fried foods prior to serving them.
Fried foods, when cooked properly, can definitely be enjoyed from time to time and still be part of a balanced diet. As Michael Pollan says, “Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.”
The Rouxbe Cooking School Team