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Why is Temperature so Important for Deep Frying?

The relation between temperature and deep-fried food is pretty intriguing and bittersweet. Our basic idea of perfectly fried food has surrounded a piece of food that is evenly golden brown and crisp from the outside and evenly cooked with the natural moisture of the food remains intact yet without a lot of oil absorption through the crust. Confusing right? Yes, it is indeed.

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The taste and perfection of any fried dish is equally proportional to the number of failed attempts where either the food gets burnt or completely turned out to be a soggy mess. The relation between a perfectly cooked fried food and the temperature is a bit complicated and tricky in the true sense. With just a little twerk on the time and temperature ratio, with the food, which is being deep-fried, it will just take a blink to turn into a black burnt piece from golden-brown. Here is the complete Deep Fryer Temperature chart is for you.

Deep Fryer Temperature

So for the cook, keeping a constant eye one temperature and time is extremely crucial while deep frying foods. Though most of the deep fryers are equipped with in-built thermostats and timers, these are not reliable, as they claim to be. Moreover, in most of the appliances, the time indicators and different temperature markings are not even clear. So, keeping your timer handy and using a cooking temperature is what is recommended while deep frying to get a perfect result every single time.

Selecting the oil

Selecting the perfect oil for deep frying is mainly based on one single criterion, high smoke point. The smoke point of any oil can be defined as the temperature at which the oil stops simmering and starts burning. It is the optimal temperature any oil can reach before starting burning up. In a general term, natural oils are anyway best for deep frying jobs, because not only do they have a comparatively higher smoke point, these can impart the natural flavor to the oil and also have low levels of saturated fat. Here we are listing below some variety of oils along with their respective smoke points, which, according to us, are the best ones for any deep-frying jobs:

  • Sunflower oil: 460-degree F
  • Safflower oil: 450-degree F
  • Canola oil: 425-degree F
  • Almond oil: 495-degree F
  • Avocado oil: 510-degree F

Generic Temperature range considered best for deep frying

As it was mentioned earlier, selecting the best suitable oil is key behind getting an evenly fried food every time. In terms of temperature, the mark is pretty high on the line. According to most of the food specialists and chefs, the ideal temperature for getting an evenly fried food lies somewhere between the 350-degree F to 375-degree F. Yet, as the oil needs to get heated up in a comparatively higher temperature first, then it comes down to the optimal level, any oils with a higher smoking point is always recommended. Among so many different choices, peanut oil, canola oil, and sunflower oil are what most of the chefs mostly use while deep frying.

Optimal Temperature 

 Reaching the optimal temperature of the oil is not difficult, but getting to know about it at the right time is. If your kitchen counter has an advanced electric deep fryer, knowing the exact time when the oil reaches the optimal temperature is basically easy like a Sunday morning. Just pour in the oil, set the required temperature, and wait for the indicator light to go off. But in the case of deep fryers and Dutch ovens, where manually monitoring the temperature is the only option, taking the help of cooking thermometers to do the job is what is feasible and wise by all means. Deep frying temperatures are also a tad bit different from the other cooking temperatures, with a longer stem and a higher temperature range.

Temperature Chart

After reading pages of theories about oil temperature and timing and their relation to different types of foods, you will definitely get confused about all things said, anyway. So, to spare you from that pain, here we are jotting down the ideal temperature and cooking time for some of the most popular fried foods:

Food Items

Oil temperature

Internal temperature

Cooking time


375 F

165 F

8 to 10 minutes


350 F

165 F

3 to 5 minutes


365 F

145 F

3 to 5 minutes


375 F

165 F

12 to 15 minutes


375 F

2 to 4 minutes


375 F

2 to 4 minutes


325 F THEN 400 F

First blanch for 3 to 4 minutes then again for another 3 to 4 minutes


350 F

2 to 3 minutes


375 F

2 to 4 minutes


375 F

165 F

3 to 5 minutes per pound


375 F

3 to 4 minutes

Deep Fryer Safety Tips

Other than taking care of the time and temperature required for deep frying, there are also few tips, which eventually help in the maintenance of the optimal temperature while cooking as well. Some of these are:

  • Keeping the pan far away from being overcrowded. Too many food pieces in a small pan will eventually lead to a drop in optimal temperature, which finally leads to a soggy and mushy final product.
  • Always make sure that the oil reaches back to the optimal temperature before adding the next batch to the pan.


Hopefully, here we will help you all with all the temperature and time-related queries you had while trying deep frying of foods for the first time. Moreover, never get demotivated by all those failed attempts, cause that is what will guide you to your first perfectly cooked, deep-fried meal all the way up.

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