Stir fried, Deep fried... basically any food that fried tastes delicious. However, in order to make them a bit healthier (less oil) but tastier, there are some simple tricks that one should know. Here are some tricks that I've been collecting, try applying them and let me know if they work for you as well.
- Stir Fry
- Marinate meat/seafood with soy sauce/fish sauce/simply sea salt, black pepper, chopped garlic/onion and a few table spoon(s) of olive oil for a tastier aroma, making the meat tender. To make the meat even more tender, add some pineapple juice at the end of the cooking.
- To reduce the fishy taste of seafood or any fish product, add some white wine/ rice wine into the marinating mixture or at the end of the stir fry process.
- Deep the vegetable mixture into boiled water for 10-15 seconds before using it as one wouldn't need as much oil to cook them.
- Fry vegetable and meat/seafood separately and then mix them together to make sure that they are rightly cooked ( not some gets cooked and others are overcooked).
- Corn/Potato Starch in the sauce: This is the trick of many Asian restaurants to make their stir-fry sauce thicker. Use a table spoon corn/potato starch mixed with about 1/2-3/4 cup of cold water and add to the stir fry at the end of the cooking and maintain the fire for about 1 min, the sauce will get thicker and tastier.
2. Deep Fry
- Add some sea salt into the oil pan in order to reduce the chance of hot oil shooting at you.
- Deep ingredients into scrambled egg or frying flour to make the food crispier and tastier.
- The ingredients must be completely deepened into the hot oil, they would absorb less oil.
- Set the food on paper towels after fried.
- For larger size ingredients such as chicken thighs, whole fish, etc., use a fork or a knife to make some deep cuts on the food to reduce the cooking time and avoid their insides being uncooked.
- Don't reuse cooking oil! It's nasty for your health.
Good luck with making a healthier stir fried/ deep fried dish. Let me know if you have/come up with a new trick.