How do I know that the oil is hot enough?

March 2, 2007 2:54am CST
How do I know that the oil is hot enough to cook fried foods like chicken and fish? In my experience I always end up with a fried fish that has no more skin because the skin would stick on the pan and a burnt chicken while the fleshy part is still a little raw. Your replies will be much appreciated :)
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• Italy
2 Mar 07
when you wonder if the oil is hot enough, just put a little piece of bread in: if you see that the bread frys, take it away before it burns; if not, take it out and wait a little more. try again. and only then, begin frying your food. you need enough oil in the pan! choose a light oil; it works beter with "small" pieces of food. bon appetit
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• Philippines
4 Mar 07
Thank you for the tip...I will try that
@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
2 Mar 07
i think the reason of why your fish ended up with no skin was the oil which you use is not enough heated before you put your fish in....
@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
2 Mar 07
I don't deep fry anymore because of all the cholesterol, and what not, but i used to do it quite a bit, if this doens't work, try baking in the oven, if you want a little bit of extra flavor or something just add a little bit of margerine. Anyways, usually the best way to know if it's hot enough is to take some water on your finger and splash it into the cooker, if it goes nuts, sizzling and spitting, it should be perfectly ready. It's always worked for me. Hope this helps.