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How to Fry Food Without Oil

January 19th, 2012 Cooking

Why would you want to bake food instead of frying it? If you're on a diet or simply don't have any oil on-hand, it's a good technique to know. In fact, there are a few different ways you can fry food without oil - the next time a recipe calls for it, try one of these instead. You may be surprised at how much flavor you can get out of it!

Try using cooking spray instead of oil. You only need a little bit to prevent food from sticking to the pan, and its calorie content is much lower. It's also not a bad idea to invest in a high-quality non-stick pan. Some pans are actually good enough that you don't need to use any oil at all, and you can still enjoy the same taste and texture as if you had fried with oil.

If you'd rather avoid the stove altogether, try cooking a little bit of the food in an oven and see how it comes out. You may want to line the baking pan with wax paper and a few drops of water to prevent it from sticking, just in case. You can also spray a few drops of water and cover the pan to ensure that the food doesn't dry out while in the oven. You may be able to simply swap out frying for baking in a few recipes.

Eventually, you should have an idea of what foods work just as well in the oven and can be baked instead of fried. There may be a few concessions you'll have to make, but by and large you'll be preparing healthier food without having to change the taste too much.