How-to Fry Foods

Pour about 1/2 in. oil into a skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. The oil is ready when it shimmers (gives off visible waves of heat). Never leave the pan unattended, and don’t overheat the oil or it will smoke. Pat food dry before frying and, if desired, dip in batter or coat it with crumbs. Don’t overcrowd the pan, as the food will steam rather than fry. Fry, uncovered, until food is golden brown and cooked through.