Originally Posted by CyberSlag5k
Thanks for the responses.
What does it mean to "fry properly"? Is it that by heating the oil before adding the food, the food absorbs less? This brings the question up again, is the oil bad for you?
I wonder if you are frying or sauteing. How much oil is in the pan. If it's just a coating, it's more of a saute. If it's 1/2" deep or more, you are frying.
The key to proper frying is to ensure the fat (oil) is hot enough to fry. When you put the food in, there should be an immediate, vigerous sizzle. When the oil is hot enough, the moisture in the food item is turned to steam which pushes outward, keeping the oil out of the food. If the oil is not hot enough to generate that steam, oil will soak into the food.
You need fat in your diet. The issue is too much fat, either from oil or other foods.