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.
2. Fried Plantain Chips
These plantain chips are super crunchy and coated in zesty flavor.
3. Beer-Battered Coconut Shrimp
Fried coconut-crusted shrimp is one of my achilles heels scrumptious!
4. Vegetable Tempura
Tempura is always a welcome way to eat your veggies and with this recipe you can make it at home!
5. Village Fries
These french fries are made with Red Bliss potatoes and are double-fried in peanut oil, making them potato perfection!
6. Fried Zucchini Chips
These fried zucchini chips may even stop zucchini-haters in their tracks.
7. Beer-Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken
This fried chicken results in unbelievably crispy and juicy chicken. Bring it on!
8. Deep-Fried Strawberries
Fruit wants in on some of the frying action, too! These deep fried strawberries look divine!
9. Crispy Potato Strips
I am certain that I could eat the entire batch of these crispy potato strips.
10. Deep-Fried Pickles
These deep-fried pickles have more of a coarse breading texture, which looks equally delicious as the battered version!
11. Fried Leek Rings
I love the more subtle flavor of leeks over onions and think frying them up sounds like a splendid idea!
12. Gluten-Free Deep-Fried Mushrooms
Another deep-fried, gluten-free treat, these mushrooms will have everyone begging for more!
13. Beer-Battered Zucchini Fries
These zucchini fries are light and, as Brooke puts it, “totally incredible.” I’m sold!
14. Chicken-Fried Steak Bites
I love the twist on an old classic with this recipe for bite-sized chicken-fried steak!