Popular Deep-Fried Foods
Deep-frying gives a tasty, crispy flavor to pretty much any food cooked with this process, and as a result, it appears that people will eat just about anything if it has been deep-fried. There are of course the standard fried foods that are so prevalent in North American fast food, such as French fries and fried chicken, but other cultures and cuisines enjoy deep fried vegetables, tofu and even insects A somewhat disturbing trend which has also grown in popularity is that of deep frying junk food, including cookies, candy bars and processed pastries! Below are some examples of various foods that people cook using a deep-fry method, likely with varying degrees of success and acceptance:
- Bananas or plantains – popular in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean
- Black Pudding – (a.k.a. Blood Pudding) is delicacy popular in Scotland. Individual small puddings are battered and deep fried, mostly served with chips and sold in fish and chip shops as a take-away.
- Cheese – including breaded or battered deep-fried cheddar cheese curds (popular in Wisconsin) and mozzarella sticks
- Chicken – just about every part of this long-suffering bird is enjoyed in some deep-fried format (fried chicken, chicken wings, chicken nuggets, chicken fries, etc.)
- Cookies – Believe it or not, deep-fried Oreos are a popular treat !
- Corn dogs or Pogos to Canadians –- a hot dog on a popsicle stick coated in cornbread batter then deep fried
- Doughnuts and Fritters
- Ice Cream – a popular dessert at Mexican-style restaurants, with a creamy cold inside and a crispy outside!
- Mars bars – a delicacy of Scottish origin in which the U.S. candy bar has been dipped in batter and then deep-fried
- Pakora –- various vegetables dipped in a batter of chick peas before frying, popular in India
- Potato chips (crisps in British English) – thin deep-fried slices of potato
- Seafood – just about anything pulled out of the ocean can be battered or breaded, then deep-fried, including: Fried calimari, shrimp, clams, scallops, oysters, crab cakes, etc.
- Scotch egg – a snack food of Scottish origin consisting of a cold, hard-boiled egg removed from its shell, wrapped in a sausage meat mixture, coated in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried. It is eaten cold, typically with salad and pickles.
- Tempura – a Japanese technique consisting of a special batter and oil
- Turkey – a popular new trend is to deep fry it whole in a large vats of oil
- Twinkies – a "Golden Sponge Cake with a Creamy Filling" created by Hostess which intrepid explorers have discovered taste all the yummier with a deep-fried coating