10 Reasons Why Having a Deep Fryer in Your House is Awesome

Here, we present 10 glorious deep fried recipes, including Korean Style Chicken Wings, Fried Avocado Tacos, and Smoky Fried Chickpeas.

  • Smoky Fried Chickpeas. Tangy lemon zest, fresh thyme, thinly sliced garlic, and spicy paprika lead to an array of flavor bursts that makes you wonder why you didn’t think of frying chickpeas before. It’s like spicy popcorn, but with protein.
  • Korean Style Crispy Rice Chicken Wings. Deep fried in a coating of corn starch and pulverized rice crisp cereal, these wings are incredibly crunchy. Korean chili paste is tamed with honey and orange juice to give off enough heat to keep you reaching for one more without melting your lips off. Bring them to Sunday’s football party and you’ll be everyone’s new favorite friend.
  • Churros With Two Sauces. Unlike the dense, gummy versions you might have had at the local taqueria, these doughnut sticks are light and eggy with a soft interior. Try them dunked in Nutella that’s been thinned with a little cream, a simple berry sauce, or both.
  • Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime. This is avocado like we've never seen: after a dip in hot oil, its simultaneously crunchy and soft textures had us in delicious disbelief. The different parts of the tacos stir together quickly and can be made ahead. Then it's just a matter of battering avocado wedges in corn flakes, frying away, and topping with sesame cabbage slaw, cilantro-kissed crema, and salt pork-simmered pinto beans.
  • Olive all’Ascolana. These olives have a shaggy, crunchy panko crust on the outside and goat cheese stuffing on the inside. Chill some prosecco, and you’ll have one luxe cocktail party.
  • Fried Oysters with Saffron Aioli. Fragrant aioli perks up already flavorful oysters so you get succulence, crunch, and creamy tang all in one bite. Just add a bit of sunshine and a cold beer and you have yourself a party.
  • Michael Ruhlman’s Rosemary Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Fried chicken might be the most obviously awesome use for a deep fryer, but it’s essential to pick the right recipe to do it justice. This take includes a speedy rosemary-lemon brine, which keeps the chicken flavorful and moist. It also holds well in the oven, so you can make it before your friends arrive and actually spend time with them out of the kitchen.
  • Fried Scallop Sandwich. A (much better) take on a fried fish sandwich starring scallops instead of some boring, mysterious white fillet. Scallops are coated with two types of cornmeal, paprika, and Aleppo pepper and quickly fried in hot oil, making their exterior crispy and spicy while keeping the scallop moist. That alone is worthy of praise, but it’s the salsa verde mayo—with bright flavors of parsley, capers, garlic and anchovies—that make the sandwich really sing.
  • Chicken Fried Steak with Sage Gravy. There’s nothing fancy about this chicken fried steak recipe—it’s just juicy steak wrapped in a crunchy brown crust, and slathered with sage gravy—and that’s exactly why we love it. We also love that the crust actually stays while you’re eating it, instead of shedding it like so many other chicken fried steaks tend to do.
  • Crab Beignets with Aioli Dipping Sauce. Light, fluffy, bouncy beignets studded with sweet crab: it’s a match made in deep-fried heaven.  A smooth yet punchy aioli elevates the fritters without stealing attention away from them.

If state fairs have taught us anything, it’s that everything is better fried. But what you didn’t learn from eating deep-fried Oreos is that done properly, fried foods do not have to be heavy and greasy (and leave you in a state of shame and self-loathing) to be good. Here are 10 fried recipes that will have you plunging into the world of deep frying fearlessly and coming up on the other side with not a stomach ache, but a great sense of achievement.

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