A question about a recipe: Lime and Tarragon Aioli with Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks

does the oil have to be a certain temp for frying or is "really hot" OK?

  • Posted by: sw1822
  • March 9, 2012
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sdebrango
sdebrango March 9, 2012

The oil should be 375 degrees if you have a thermometer. If not really hot I find to reach 375 it takes about 15 minutes

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susan g
susan g March 9, 2012

You can test the oil by putting a small trial piece in it. You want it to cook quickly so that it does not absorb excessive amounts of oil, and not be overheated -- oil that is smoking is damaged and not healthy.

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pierino
pierino March 10, 2012

I agree with sdebrango on the temp. And be careful about which oil you choose, per susan g's point. A frying oil would be grapeseed, canola or peanut oil for their higher smoke points.

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la domestique
la domestique March 10, 2012

I always use this trick I learned from the Canal House Volume No. 1 by Christopher Hirscheimer and Melissa Hamilton:
Their friend Julia Lee (whom they call the fry queen) uses the chopstick test to see if the oil is hot enough for frying. Dip the wooden chopstick (I use a skewer) into the oil until the tip touches the bottom of the pan, if lots of bubbles form right away around the tip (like champagne) the oil is ready for frying.

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