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28 Fried Food Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Craving

March 16, 2023

From funnel cake to calamari, these recipes deliver tons of golden, crispy, crunchy, fried deliciousness.

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Our Favorite Fried Foods

Battered, breaded, coated, and dredged; the truth is, some things just taste better fried. Sure, you could go out for some crispy fried fish and chips, but why not save the money and whip up a batch at home? Maybe you’re intimidated by frying, but don’t be. This list will have you frying like a pro in no time. From homemade carnival treats to famiy-favorite fried chicken, there’s a recipe at every skill level, even if you don’t know anything about frying. Break out the deep fryer (or Dutch oven) and start heating up the oil because we have some real winners, like these super-crispy fried green tomatoes. If you’re not familiar, this fried snack is a Southern classic and a great way to use up some unripe tomatoes. Coat them in some Panko breadcrumbs for maximum crunch that’s just begging to be dipped in ranch dressing.

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Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is the undisputed king of the fried food world. With the help of some tangy buttermilk, organic chicken gets a deliciously crunchy coating infused with flavorful spices.

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Fried Manicotti Dippers

Combine the best of mozzarella sticks and fried raviolis with these fried manicotti dippers. The filling is a combination of mozzarella and a garlic-Parmesan ricotta that melts into creamy deliciousness once the dippers are fried.

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Fried Cheesy Pickles

Molly Yeh gives us an inventive twist on the classic fried pickle. Wrapping the pickle in an egg roll wrapper avoids the lengthy breading process, and a strip of Havarti cheese adds an unexpected twist. Dip them in a tasty and fiery Sriracha ranch.

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