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Old 06-28-2018, 07:15 AM   #1
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Pan-fry is bad for you?

Hello everyone, I am new to this website and I am curious as to why people say that "frying is bad". I am referring to pan frying - putting just enough oil to cover the pan surface then cooking food on it, specifically, lean chicken. I don't add any batter or other ingredients on it. I put a bit of salt, some seasoning then boom, cook it on pan fry.

So are there any other reason why pan-frying is bad besides:

-The oil pack extra calories on the food being cooked.
-When the oil is smoking, there are chemicals being released that are harmful to the body.
-Or, is it only bad because the batter they(restaurants) use contains trans fat.

Besides these 3 reasons that came on top of my head. Why is pan-frying bad, or can anyone elaborate any of these listed above as to why it's bad to pan-fry.

Thank you, can't wait for the response. 😀

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Old 06-28-2018, 07:57 AM   #2
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Here is a very informative article about pan-frying - hope this answers your question.

to pan or not to pan

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Old 06-28-2018, 09:46 AM   #3
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Hello everyone, I am new to this website and I am curious as to why people say that "frying is bad". I am referring to pan frying - putting just enough oil to cover the pan surface then cooking food on it, specifically, lean chicken. I don't add any batter or other ingredients on it. I put a bit of salt, some seasoning then boom, cook it on pan fry.

So are there any other reason why pan-frying is bad besides:

-The oil pack extra calories on the food being cooked.
-When the oil is smoking, there are chemicals being released that are harmful to the body.
-Or, is it only bad because the batter they(restaurants) use contains trans fat.

Besides these 3 reasons that came on top of my head. Why is pan-frying bad, or can anyone elaborate any of these listed above as to why it's bad to pan-fry.

Thank you, can't wait for the response. 😀

What you describe is sauteeing, not pan-frying. To me, at least.

https://www.finecooking.com/article/...-vs-pan-frying

https://www.dartagnan.com/pan-frying...echniques.html

What's the Difference Between Searing, Sautéing, and Pan-Frying? - Cooking Light
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:25 AM   #4
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That would make a lot of sense. I wasn't 100% sure if it was pan frying. That's why I had to describe it.
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Old 06-28-2018, 10:46 AM   #6
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The difference is in the amount of oil you use. A tablespoon or so to coat the bottom of the pan is sauteeing.

Make sure the oil is hot but don't heat the oil till its literally smoking. Food doesn't absorb much oil if the oil is hot.
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Frying anything in hot oil is going to make it less healthy, especially if it is coated in breading or batter. I have found that the key to keeping it "relatively" healthy is to fry hot and fast. The hotter and faster you can fry the food, the less the food soaks up the fat.

If your fried food turns out "greasy," then you didn't get it cooked fast enough, which means the fat wasn't hot enough.

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Old 06-28-2018, 05:39 PM   #8
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Hello everyone, I am new to this website and I am curious as to why people say that "frying is bad". I am referring to pan frying - putting just enough oil to cover the pan surface then cooking food on it, specifically, lean chicken. I don't add any batter or other ingredients on it. I put a bit of salt, some seasoning then boom, cook it on pan fry.

So are there any other reason why pan-frying is bad besides:

-The oil pack extra calories on the food being cooked.
-When the oil is smoking, there are chemicals being released that are harmful to the body.
-Or, is it only bad because the batter they(restaurants) use contains trans fat.

Besides these 3 reasons that came on top of my head. Why is pan-frying bad, or can anyone elaborate any of these listed above as to why it's bad to pan-fry.

Thank you, can't wait for the response. ��
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Old 07-03-2018, 09:31 PM   #10
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Hello everyone, I am new to this website and I am curious as to why people say that "frying is bad". I am referring to pan frying - putting just enough oil to cover the pan surface then cooking food on it, specifically, lean chicken. I don't add any batter or other ingredients on it. I put a bit of salt, some seasoning then boom, cook it on pan fry.

So are there any other reason why pan-frying is bad besides:

-The oil pack extra calories on the food being cooked.
-When the oil is smoking, there are chemicals being released that are harmful to the body.
-Or, is it only bad because the batter they(restaurants) use contains trans fat.

Besides these 3 reasons that came on top of my head. Why is pan-frying bad, or can anyone elaborate any of these listed above as to why it's bad to pan-fry.

Thank you, can't wait for the response. ��
What else would you fry things in if not a pan?

OK, silly comment over.....

Assuming one is normally healthy and not over-weight, I don't suppose the occasional fry-up will do much harm (can't remember when I last used my frying pan!) but if you have a fry-up every day or twice a day the you're probably asking for trouble.

I much prefer bacon, sausages, steak, etc., grilled (broiled) than fried but that's a taste thing for me not a health thing.
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