I haven’t had a deep fryer in a long time… in fact, I try to avoid deep frying. One of my favorite dishes is Sweet and Pungent Shrimp, which I shallow fry in a cast iron skillet. It comes out great as shrimp cooks fast… and these aren’t even whole shrimp (they are cut in half lengthwise). As soon as they are crispy, they’re done.
But I wanna do some other fried dishes like orange chicken and sweet and sour pork and am concerned the proteins won’t cook through using a shallow pan fry.
Any of you do this? Any advice needed as to the method?
I also cook on a glasstop. I have a small flat bottom wok, it is not as shallow as a skillet giving you a deeper pool of oil. I do however usually do all my frying in an electric skillet where I can control the temperature of the oil, but if you don’t have one of those that’s no help either.
I had an early, analogue version of that 2.6 Dash. Loved it. Traded up to a 2.6 qt Vortex (by Instant Pot) because I’d worn all the markings off the Dash. The Vortex , which is programmable. was under $50. I use the little thing a lot. And, it’s red.
The smallish pieces in these dishes will cook through just fine if you shallow fry them. You’ll just have to turn them once or twice to make sure the breading gets fully crisped on all sides and make sure your oil doesn’t overheat. By the way, you don’t need a dedicated deep fryer to deep fry. A deep dutch oven on the stovetop works just as well (if not better).
Thanks… I have a couple of LC pots that I could use, but my aversion to deep frying is the amount of oil needed and not the vessel. In my 8" CI skillet I can get away with considerably less than a pint.
I use an enameled CI pot for deep frying, and leave it on the cooktop until my deepfrying jones is satisfied. I’ll typically crave something like kara age or tonkatsu, and after I make that I’ll use a wire skimmer to scoop out the chunky bits and just keep reusing the oil until I’ve had enough deep fried food. If the oil gets too dirty, I’ll clean it using Kenji’s method, which actually works pretty well. When I’m done with the oil I’m usually down to less than a quart, which I’ll clean and decant into a clean jar and use for stir-frying or eggs or any shallow fried foods that I don’t mind a little bit of whatever was fried earlier. I hate dumping out oil, so I try not to as much as possible.
I wondered the same thing and also how the oil worked. The $25 Dash unit from Target says (in the Q&A comments) that it’s basically the same as a $50 one on Amazon (the one at Target is exclusive to them and some settings are slightly different).
So, I pulled up the one on Amazon and was looking at its manual. If you flip toward the recipes section, see for example onion rings and fried chicken they seem to do the dip-in-wet-then-dry process, but lean into using panko or breadcrumbs for the dry. Surely flour and cornstarch, etc., would also work though? :