This will thoroughly cover how to deep fry bacon in a regular frying and a deep fryer. It will go over the best temperature to use, the equipment needed, the oils that can be used, and basic easy instructions to making deep fried bacon. This can be used to deep fry small amounts at a time, or large amounts of bacon.
There are some great benefits to deep frying bacon. One of them is the convenience of cooking it fast after everything is set up. Many strips of bacon can be fried and done in under 2 minutes.
I discovered this way of cooking bacon by intuition and experimentation. Our restaurant didn’t have its usual shipment of bacon arrive to the store this time, so we were left with using other methods to cook the raw bacon that arrived with a new fast, easy, and safe way. The microwave or the grill wasn’t really getting job done, so I dumped the bacon in the deep fryer. The results turned out great, and it tasted really good.
Basic Instructions For Deep Frying Bacon
These are basic instructions for deep frying bacon regardless of what is being used to deep fry the bacon.
- The temperature of the oil needs to be 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fully submerge the bacon in the oil.
- Cook it for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
- The time it takes to deep fry bacon is approximately 1 minute and 15 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the bacon. Any less than this can result in some of the pieces coming out undercooked. Anymore than this will overcook the bacon and cause it to start shriveling up and cause it to come out hard.
- Take the bacon out of the oil.
Any cooking oil can be used for deep frying bacon, but the best three are canola oil, vegetable oil, and peanut oil. The most widely used in restaurants for deep frying is canola oil. The canola oil handles high temperatures very well without smoking up the place as much as other cooking oils would.
How To Deep Fry Bacon In A Frying Pan
This is the equipment you will need to deep fry bacon in a frying pan:
- A deep frying pan.
- The frying pan needs to be deep enough to fill it with enough oil to fully submerge the bacon, and to keep oil from splashing everywhere while cooking.
- A skimmer.
- This is needed to catch the bacon and pull it out of the oil once it is done cooking.
- A thermometer.
- To see the temperature of the oil and ensure that it is 350 degrees Fahrenheit before placing the bacon into the oil for cooking.
- Something to place the bacon in once it is cooked.
- The bacon will be hot of course once it is removed from the oil, but it cools down quickly thereafter.
Once you have all of the equipment, this is what you will do…
- Place the frying pan on the stove and your favorite cooking oil into the frying pan.
- Fill it up enough to fully cover the amount of bacon you are planning to use.
- Heat the stove to high and use your thermometer to check to see when the oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once it reaches 350, if the temperature continues to rise substantially, turn it down accordingly until it rests near 350.
- Carefully place the raw bacon into the frying pan. Try not to stack the bacon too much so that it all cooks evenly.
- Let the bacon cook for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
- At this point the bacon should be done. You can cook it for up to an additional 45 seconds if you like extra crispy deep fried bacon. There is no need to stir it.
- Remove the bacon with a skimmer.
- The bacon will fry very fast, so have your skimmer ready to go.
You can deep fry as much bacon as you like, as long as there is enough oil used to keep all of it fully submerged in the oil. The bacon needs room to cook, so make sure they have space while they are cooking.
How To Deep Fry Bacon In A Deep Fryer
Deep frying bacon in a deep fryer is even easier than doing it in a pan. If heaps of bacon has to be cooked for a crowd of people, then a deep fryer is a better option. It allows more breathing room for the bacon to thoroughly cook when larger amounts is used at one time. It’s more than what a frying pan can offer. Plus deep fryers can be set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit as opposed to frying on a stove that cannot actually give a precise measurement of the temperature without a thermometer.
This is the equipment that is needed:
- A deep fryer.
- A frying basket for the deep fryer.
- A colander placed inside of a mixing bowl, or a hot box/warmer.
- Turn on the deep fryer while it is filled with the cooking oil of your choice and heat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place all of the bacon inside the frying basket.
- Place the frying basket inside of the deep fryer. Set a timer for 1 minute and 15 seconds.
- Take the frying basket out of the deep fryer, then take the deep fried bacon out of the frying basket and place it in the colander or hot box.
If you are filling the entire frying basket up with bacon, then make sure all of the bacon is submerged fully into the oil when it is cooking. Additional time might be needed for cooking the bacon if the entire basket is filled with bacon.
What Happens When You Cook Bacon With Oil?
When bacon is cooked with oil, it enhances the taste of the bacon and makes it taste even better. Also, it prevents the bacon from drying out while it is cooking, because it is submerged in the oil. The bacon will come out juicy and tender. It reduces the chance of the bacon becoming tough and hard to chew after it is finished cooking.