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How to Deep-Fry With Coconut Oil

author image Christina Kalinowski
Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.
How to Deep-Fry With Coconut Oil
Fresh coconut oil in a jar. Photo Credit: Magone/iStock/Getty Images

If you're looking for a way to introduce an unique new flavor dimension to your favorite deep-fried foods, try frying with coconut oil. The oil possesses a mildly sweet coconut flavor which is subtly imparted into foods that are cooked in it. Try cooking everything from chicken wings to sweet potato fries to jalapeno poppers, as well as desserts like donuts and battered candy bars, for a tropical spin on your favorite deep-fried foods.

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Step 1

Add enough coconut oil to completely submerse your food to a pot or electric deep-fryer.

Step 2

Heat the coconut oil according to your recipe, or to the standard deep-fry temperature of 325 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a deep-fry or candy thermometer to determine an accurate reading.

Step 3

When the oil reaches the desired temperature, gently introduce the foods you are deep-frying with a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon. Only add a few food items at a time to maintain the temperature of the oil.

Step 4

Cook the food items for as long as the recipes suggests, which will vary depending on size. Remove food from the hot oil and let drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

Step 5

Let the oil return to the recipe's suggested temperature and repeat the cooking process with the rest of the food items.

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