Oil spatters are the bane of any home cook's existence and is one of the worst parts of the cleanup. The good news is there are ways to prevent oil from jumping out of your pan without any fancy tricks.
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How to Fry Anything Without Getting Oil Spatters Everywhere
Step 1: Choose the Right Frying Pan Size
Make sure the pan you’re using is large enough for what you’re frying. The taller the sides of the pan, the better it is for preventing oil spatters.
Step 2: Opt for Extra Protection
For extra protection, you can even use a splatter guard to protect yourself from even higher spatters. Another option is to use a Frywall – just make sure to get the right size for your frying pan.
Don’t forget your other burners too! Cover them up with some baking sheets to reduce the cleanup you need to do in case the pesky oil spatters do happen.
What is a splatter guard? It’s a mesh that catches any oil splatters that fly from your pan while also allowing steam to release.
Step 3: Blot Out As Much Moisture As Possible
Contrary to popular belief, oil spatters aren’t due to the high temperatures needed to get that crisp golden brown texture, but mainly due to water droplets coming into contact with the oil. This results in the hot, oil-coated steam that we know as oil spatters.
To prevent this from happening, blot out all the moisture in your food with a paper towel so you get both less spattering and a better texture.
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Step 4. Be Extra Careful When Frying
If you don’t want oil spatters all over you and your kitchen, carefully lay your food on the pan instead of dropping it from a high point. Also, make sure to not put too much oil as it expands with heat and can cause your pan to overflow.
Step 5. Use the Double Frying Method
Korean chefs have popularized the double frying technique that combines a crisp golden-brown crust without much of the mess. In this frying method, you first fry your food at a lower temperature, then fry it again at a higher temperature.
To fry food using the double frying method:
- Heat your oil up to 300 degrees F.
- Cook until golden brown.
- Remove from the oil and let your food rest in a paper towel to remove the excess oil.
- Increase your oil temperature to 350 degrees F.
- Fry the food again until crispy.
Here are some more oil spatter hacks in action from Lifehacker (and how to clean them up in the event the spattering does happen):
We hope these tips help you cook and enjoy your favorite fried foods without the mess. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy your fried food without worrying about all the oil splatters in your kitchen.
What’s your go-to method for preventing oil spatters? Tell us in the comment section below!
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