Food

Cooking 101: Learn the Science of Frying, Plus 20 Recipe Ideas for Frying at Home

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 11, 2021 • 8 min read

From all-American state fair classics like corn dogs, tater tots, and fried pickles to popular dishes around the world like Japanese pork tonkatsu, Indian pakora, and Mexican churros, fried foods are an important part of just about every kind of international cuisine.

Although this method of cooking has been used since ancient times, today deep-fried foods are best known as street food and fast food industry mainstays. However, frying is also a versatile method of home cooking used in kitchens everywhere to achieve crispy, golden brown dishes at an affordable price point.