How to Deep Fry Fish

Batter Fried Fish How to Deep Fry Fish
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When you deep fry fish, the fish is totally submerged in hot fat or oil. The pan used for deep frying should be deep enough to hold 2 to 3 inches of hot fat. A 4 to 6 inch deep pan is good because it helps to control spattering. If possible a conventional deep fryer works best. When choosing a fish for deep frying remember a lean type deep fries better than an oily one.

Basic way to deep fry fish 

The best oils to deep fry fish in are peanut oil, corn oil and canola oil in that order. . Put enough oil in the pan to make sure the fish can float, usually 2 to 3 inches.
1. Heat the oil to 360 degrees. A deep frying thermometer is the best way to regulate heat. If you don’t have a thermometer, wet you finger with water and flick it at the hot oil. If the oil is hot enough it will sizzle when the water hits the oil. You don’t need much water, just a small drop. Do not let the oil get too hot. If it starts to smoke it is too hot.
2. Prepare the batter or breading.
3. Bread or batter the fish and lower gently into the hot fat. If you are using a conventional deep fryer have the basket in the oil before you add the fish. Do not put it in the basket and then submerge or the breading will get stuck on the basket and you will lose some of it. Do not crowd the fish. It is better to fry it in batches. If you put to many pieces in the hot fat at one time it will lower the temperature of the oil and cause the breading to be greasy.
4. Deep fry the fish until golden brown, usually about 2 to 6 minutes, depending on the thickness.
5. When the breading is nicely browned, drain the fish.  Placing it on a rack above a cookie sheet works great but if you don’t have that paper towels on a plate will work.
Combine;  ½ cup of flour
½ teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
½ cup beer
2 tablespoons cooking oil
Combine;  2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
Beat the eggs and milk together lightly.
Dip the fish in the egg mixture then in dry bread crumbs or cracker
If you want a deep fried taste from the oven try oven frying fish.

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