Frying is a method of cooking food in oil or fat. These fried foods come out fresh out of a fryer deliciously hot and crunchy and crispy. Just imagine sinking your teeth into a piece of crisp fried chicken, battered clams and oysters, onion rings, salty fries, fish sticks, or any other fried food you like! Life would almost seem incomplete without fried food! But even though everyone enjoys fried foods, we also know that these can be really unhealthy for us. Draining the food on paper towels to remove excess grease to make the food slightly less unhealthy does not have much of an effect on the overall unhealthy fat content of fried foods. So should we just give up eating fried foods? Not necessarily. Here are some suggestions for making fried foods without the unhealthy grease.
Use Air-Fryers. These are fairly new inventions that are healthier substitutes for deep fryers. Rather than using a vat of fat, these air-fryers move very hot air around the food to “fry” it. Typically you would use anywhere from 2 table spoons of oil to no oil at all for making food in an air-fryer. Even though you are using almost no grease, many people using these rave about the perfectly crisp “fried” taste of the food they get from using an air-fryer. Another option for healthy frying is to use an oven to bake food instead of actually frying in oil. You can achieve the same level of crispiness for many foods that you make in an oven. Another alternative is to get a sandwich maker. This can also be used for “frying” foods like eggs and hotdogs without using too much oil.
Try oven-frying. For the ever growing numbers of weight-wary Americans, this is another healthy technique for frying foods without grease. Any crumb-coated foods (think chicken, onion rings etc.) can be placed in a very hot oven with cooking spray on it. The little amount of fat in the food combined with the cooking spray on the outside, together create the same crunchy texture we find in deep fried foods. We enjoy the same taste while saving on the fat calories by using this healthy option.
Choose your oil wisely. We’ve heard it over and over- oils and fats are unhealthy for you. But dietary fat is a necessary part of your diet and some fat is actually good for you. So before you hastily banish fried foods from your diet forever, think about using healthy oils to fry foods in. Research shows that coconut oil is the healthiest oil for deep frying. It is very high in saturated fats, and can handle hours of continuous deep frying without any changes in quality. It also has numerous health benefits. Other healthy options include olive oil, avocado oil, and animal fats such as lard and ghee. So by using the right oils you can most certainly enjoy deep fried foods occasionally without feeling guilty.
Enjoy crispy “fried’ foods without unhealthy grease by using an air-fryer or oven-frying food. Use healthy oils and enjoy fried chicken, fries, onion rings and more without feeling guilty.