Breading: Three Steps to Success

Best Deep Fry Breading

There’s nothing worse than seeing your delicious breading slip off that piece of fried chicken as you lift it out of the oil. To get results like the pros, simply follow these three steps.

Step 1: Seasoned Flour

Add your favourite spices—or even just salt and pepper—to a couple of handfuls of flour. Use paper towel to make sure your chicken, fish, meat or vegetables are dry. Dredge in seasoned flour, covering all sides. Be sure to shake off the excess.

Step 2: Egg Wash 

Crack a couple of eggs into a shallow dish. Beat until combined. At this point, you may add a couple of tablespoons of water or buttermilk to the mixture, depending on your recipe. Dip pieces in the wash, being sure to coat all sides and shake off the excess.

Crack a couple of eggs into a shallow dish. Beat until combined. At this point, you may add a couple of tablespoons of water or buttermilk to the mixture, depending on your recipe. Dip pieces in the wash, being sure to coat all sides and shake off the excess.

Step 3: Coating

Creativity counts in this step! Your breading can start with flour, breadcrumbs, crushed crackers, cornmeal, nuts or panko (a Japanese style of breadcrumb). Add a variety of herbs and spices to get the flavour and colour you want. For example, adding garam masala will offer a distinctly Indian-flavoured result. Adding paprika will give your foods a lovely red colour.

More Tips for Success:

Tip #1: It’s a good idea to place your breaded foods in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to let the flour, wash and coating come together and really stick to the food.

Tip #2: Be sure to discard any leftover breading ingredients, especially the coating mixture that have come into contact with the raw egg from your wash. Always discard the raw egg mixture too.

Tip #3: In a deep, heavy bottomed pot, heat canola oil to 375F or according to recipe instructions. Fry as directed, turning if necessary. Drain well on a cooling rack or paper towel.

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2 thoughts on “Breading: Three Steps to Success

  1. I always do a similar recipe with our fresh caught fish I love the tip of leaving in the fridge for 15 minutes and adding garam masala… delicious!

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