How to Deep-Fry Frozen Foods
- 1). Pour cooking oil into your skillet or deep-fryer. Fill the skillet to about 3 inches deep and follow the manufacturer's guide for how much oil to use in your deep-fryer.
- 2). Heat the cooking oil to 350 or 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Your deep-fryer may have a temperature setting, but if it doesn't or you are using a skillet, a cooking thermometer can help you determine if the oil is hot enough.
- 3). Shake any excess ice from the frozen food. Alternatively, lay the food out on a paper towel and blot to get rid of ice.
- 4). Place the frozen food into the hot oil. The oil may bubble and pop out of the fryer, so use caution. Additionally, fry only moderate amounts of frozen food at a time. Too much cold can lower the temperature of the oil and foods won't cook properly.
- 5). Allow the food to deep-fry until thoroughly cooked. Usually the product manufacturer will provide cooking times for deep-frying on the package, but generally 2 to 3 minutes is sufficient for chicken nuggets, 4 to 5 minutes for fish sticks and 6 to 8 minutes for french fries.
- 6). Remove the cooked food from the oil to a plate covered with paper towels to absorb any excess oil and serve.