Whether you’re an occasional fryer or a serious one, there are always ways to be a better cook. No matter what you’re frying, make sure you’re not making any of these mistakes, because you could end up hurting yourself, and your food won’t taste as good.
Bringing the oil up to the temperature you need is crucial in frying. The best way to find out what the temperature is is by using a thermometer. If the oil is too cold when you put the food in, it’ll be greasy. But if it’s too hot, it won’t cook on the inside while the outside might get overcooked.
When you’re frying, choose your pot or pan wisely. If you want to do a deep fry, the best vessel for it will be a heavy-bottomed pot like a dutch oven. If you want to do a more shallow fry, use a cast iron skillet, as it will distribute the heat better.
Make sure you don’t overcrowd the pot when you’re cooking, or you will bring down the temperature of the oil. Not only will this take longer to cook, but things won’t cook evenly and they might come out greasy.