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    Fish Sticking in Deep Fryer

    bobsox
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:13 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    The last couple times Deep Frying Perch in a fryer, the fish stuck to bottom of mesh fryer and had to scrape the fish off. One time at 375 deg using an egg wash - flour - bread crumbs, after 2 min and golden brown, the fish stuck to basket. Then I tried a beer batter and 350 deg and fish stuck to bottom of basket again and had to scrape it off. I have used the fryer a few other times before for fish and wings with no sticking problems. Anyone have an idea what caused the sticking? Thanks a lot.
    Dee514
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:24 pm
    Forum Host
    I might be wrong here, but the only times I experienced foods sticking in a deep fat fryer were....
    not enough oil in the fryer (oil was too shallow)
    oil not hot enough
    overcrowding the fryer with too many pieces of whatever food, causing the oil temp to drop too low, and taking too long to come back up to temp.
    duonyte
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:30 pm
    Forum Host
    I don't know what causes this but find it can help to lower the frying basket into the hot oil for a few seconds - the coating of oil will help keep foods from sticking.
    bobsox
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:35 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks for the replys. I will try that tip (lowering basket for a few seconds) before putting fish in it. Also I may be putting too much fish in basket at a time although I don't stack it but do spread the fillets out so the bottom of basket if covered. I will put less fish at a time next time and see how that goes.
    Zeldaz
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:35 pm
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    Keep the empty basket lowered into the hot oil, then drop the fish in. The basket will only touch the (cooked) fish when you are lifting it out, so it will not stick. You don't need to use the basket to put the fish in, only to take it out.
    bobsox
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:39 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks Zeldaz - That makes sense , just have to be careful placing the fish in basket (slowly). Will try that next time. I do use enough oil in fact I add a little more when it is at the Max level as well.
    PaulO in MA
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:53 am
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    duonyte wrote:
    I don't know what causes this but find it can help to lower the frying basket into the hot oil for a few seconds - the coating of oil will help keep foods from sticking.


    This is what I do. I just heat the oil with the basket lowered. Just did it last night for fried chicken. icon_biggrin.gif
    bobsox
    Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:12 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'll do that from now on for everything (wings as well) thanks....
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