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How to Cook by Flash Frying

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Jason Jensen began his professional freelance writing career in 2010. He is an ACT-certified personal trainer and longtime vegetarian with an enthusiasm for fitness and nutrition. Jensen has also worked as a musician, freelance photographer, audio engineer and Web designer.
How to Cook by Flash Frying
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Flash frying is a cooking technique in which you fry your food in a frying pan filled with oil at a very high temperature for a minimal amount of time. The technique comes from Chinese cooking and is also known as "bao" or "explode cooking." The purpose of flash frying is to lock the juices and flavor in your food without too much of the cooking oil seeping into it. You can flash fry just about anything, including meat, seafood, vegetables and tofu.

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Step 1

Fill your frying pan with just enough oil to submerge your food in.

Step 2

Set your burner on high, and wait until the oil begins to boil.

Step 3

Add your food to the pan, and submerge it in the oil, using a spatula. Let it cook for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 4

Remove your food from the oil, using a slotted spoon or tongs. Set it on a stack of paper towels and season to taste. Serve immediately.

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