How to Deep Fry

Learning how to deep fry is easy — just follow these simple directions. In no time, you’ll be preparing finger-lickin’ food the whole family will love.

Deep Frying 101

Deep frying is a great way to make scrumptious appetizers like deep-fried calamari, tasty main dishes like deep-fried chicken and delectable desserts like deep-fried bananas. Contrary to some beliefs, deep frying doesn’t have to add large amounts of oil to your food. The trick is to heat the oil to the proper temperature for the food you intend to cool. 

Using a Deep Fryer

Using a deep fryer is a quick and convenient way to deep fry food. Deep-fryer appliances for home kitchens feature a holding tank for the oil, a basket to submerge the food and a lid. Many also come with adjustable heat settings and a removable insert that makes cleanup quick and easy.

Task Overview

Estimated time: 10 minutes
Skill level: Intermediate
Number of people required: 1

Tools & Ingredients:


  1. Pick your oil
    Neutral oils with high smoke points are the best for deep frying. Refined peanut oil, canola oil, sunflower oil or rice bran oil are all great choices that won’t affect the flavour of your food.
  2. Select a pot
    When deep frying on the stove, use a heavy-bottomed pot (or sauté pan) that can handle higher temperatures. The pot must be deep enough to allow the food to be fully submerged in the oil without risk of spillage.
  3. Fill the pot with oil
    Pour the oil into the pot, ensuring the pot is no more than 1/4 full. Be certain that the surface of the oil is at least 4 inches below the top of the pot. This will help prevent spills and splatter.
  4. Preheat oil
    Apply heat and bring the temperature of the oil to between 325°F and 400°F, depending on the recipe. Use a clip-on or probe thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil as you're heating it. Adding food to the oil will cause the temperature to drop, so it’s important to preheat the oil to the correct temperature.
  5. Prepare food
    You'll want to remove extra moisture from your food before putting it in the hot oil. Pat the food with a paper towel or coat it with batter.
  6. Cook small batches
    Once your oil reaches the correct temperature, carefully place the food in the pot using tongs, a slotted deep-fry spoon or frying basket. Cook small batches to avoid lowering the temperature and reduce the potential for splatter. Deep frying causes food to cook quickly, so follow your recipe cooking times closely. After completing a batch, scoop out stray food pieces from the oil before starting another.
  7. Remove and drain
    Carefully remove your food from the pot and place it on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the oil drippings. Use another paper towel to remove excess oil from the food's surface. Season and serve immediately.

Deep Frying Tips:

  • Maintain oil temperature between 325°F and 400°F
  • If your oil begins to smoke, the temperature is too hot
  • If the temperature of the oil is below 325°F, oil can seep into the food and make it greasy
  • Coating food in batter before deep frying helps seal in moisture
  • Adding food to the hot oil lowers the oil's temperature, so it’s best to fry in small batches
  • Patting down non-battered food with a paper towel before deep frying will help remove the excess moisture responsible for spattering
  • Never dispose of used oil down the sink; it will congeal and block your pipes
  • Do not use plastic or rubber utensils in the oil as they will melt
  • Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water, flour or sugar: use baking soda or a fire extinguisher specifically designed for grease fires
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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