Any food that you can deep fry on top the stove or in an electric fryer such as chicken, potatoes, fish and vegetables can also be oven-fried. The process may take a bit more time, but it also helps to cut out some of the calories and the fat while maintaining the taste. Deep frying foods in an oven will also cut down a lot on your clean-up process.
Make a crispy crust for the foods you plan on frying in the oven. You can add crispy ingredients to a mixture of flour and breadcrumbs such as crushed corn flakes, crushed dried onion pieces, crushed nuts or crushed potato chips.
Dip the items in milk and then roll them in the crispy flour mixture. Most items with the exception of french fries should be double-dipped. Give each item a small spray of vegetable oil after you bread it, just before it goes in the pan and into the oven. This helps to brown and crisp the surface
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. The hotter the oven, the crispier your coating will be. Lay each piece of breaded food into a shallow baking dish with a thin layer of vegetable oil that just covers the bottom of the pan. The amount of time you oven-fry the food will depend on what type of food you are cooking. Be sure to check the oven often, and turn all food half-way through the cooking process.
Things You'll Need:
- Cooking oil
- Cooking spray
- Crushed cornflakes, nuts, or chips
- Seasoned breadcrumbs
- Shallow baking pan
Nicholas Nesler has worked in journalism for over 10 years as a reporter, photo editor and sports editor. Nesler has written for "The Batesville Guard" and the "Paragould Daily Press." His awards include the '07 FOI award from the APME. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and his master's degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas.