Healthier Deep Fried Food at Home Plus 14 Fantastic Fried Food Recipes

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Years ago, on an episode of Good Eats, Alton Brown talked about how fried food isn’t necessarily bad for you. He weighed food before and after frying to prove that, when done correctly, fried food absorbs very little oil during the cooking process. That visual really stuck with me over the years and has helped alleviate some of the guilt I feel when eating fried foods. As Mark Bittman (one of my food idols!) recently pointed out, fat is good for you and, when cooked properly and with the right oils, we can enjoy a little fried food now and again without adversely affecting our health. As long as we keep plants in our diet, a little fat is okay!


Also, did you know you can deep fry with olive oil? The smoking point is above the temperature you need for deep frying, so olive oil is good to go! By deep frying at home, we open ourselves up to using different kinds of oils as well as different coatings for the food to be fried in, all of which can increase the health factor of the food being fried.

Bottom line: If we use good fats and deep fry at home, we can occasionally eat delicious fried food without the guilt!

These 14 fantastic fried food recipes will get your creative frying juices (or oils!) flowing. Dig in!

1. Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Karaage, Japanese fried chicken, is cooked with potato starch, giving it a great, crispy texture. This particular recipe also has delicious garlic flavor.

Make Karaage from Just One Cookbook

2. Fried Plantain Chips

These plantain chips are super crunchy and coated in zesty flavor.

Make Fried Plantain Chips from Cook Like a Champion

3. Beer-Battered Coconut Shrimp

Fried coconut-crusted shrimp is one of my achilles heels scrumptious!

Make Beer-Battered Coconut Shrimp

4. Vegetable Tempura

Tempura is always a welcome way to eat your veggies and with this recipe you can make it at home!

Make Vegetable Tempura from Just One Cookbook

5. Village Fries

These french fries are made with Red Bliss potatoes and are double-fried in peanut oil, making them potato perfection!

Make Village Fries from Cook Like a Champion

6. Fried Zucchini Chips

These fried zucchini chips may even stop zucchini-haters in their tracks.

Make Fried Zucchini Chips from Diethood

7. Beer-Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken

This fried chicken results in unbelievably crispy and juicy chicken. Bring it on!

Make Beer-Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken from Diethood

8. Deep-Fried Strawberries

Fruit wants in on some of the frying action, too! These deep fried strawberries look divine!

Make Deep-Fried Strawberries

9. Crispy Potato Strips

I am certain that I could eat the entire batch of these crispy potato strips.

Make Crispy Potato Strips from Running to the Kitchen

10. Deep-Fried Pickles

These deep-fried pickles have more of a coarse breading texture, which looks equally delicious as the battered version!

Make Deep Fried Pickles from Noble Pig

11. Fried Leek Rings

I love the more subtle flavor of leeks over onions and think frying them up sounds like a splendid idea!

Make Fried Leek Rings from What Jew Wanna Eat

12. Gluten-Free Deep-Fried Mushrooms

Another deep-fried, gluten-free treat, these mushrooms will have everyone begging for more!

Make Gluten-Free Deep-Fried Mushrooms from What Jew Wanna Eat

13. Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries

These zucchini fries are light and, as Brooke puts it, “totally incredible.” I’m sold!

Make Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries

14. Chicken-Fried Steak Bites

I love the twist on an old classic with this recipe for bite-sized chicken-fried steak!

Make Chicken-Fried Steak Bites from Miss in the Kitchen

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