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Lesson Overview

Pan frying is one of the most common dry-heat cooking methods, yet many cooks have trouble achieving that nice golden crust when pan frying or they have problems with sticking and burning. Pan frying is an important cooking skill to learn as so many recipes start in the pan.

In this lesson, you will learn the few key indicators to look for when pan frying along with some simple yet effective cooking methods that will enable you to master the art of pan frying.

Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • describe why you need to properly heat a metal pan and the oil before cooking
  • heat a metal pan to the correct temperature using the water test method
  • describe when to add the oil to the pan and what indicators you need to wait for before adding the food
  • understand why it is important to control the pan-frying temperature
  • achieve a beautiful, golden crust on foods without them sticking or burning

Course Syllabus

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1. Introduction: Pan Frying 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. What Happens When Heating a Pan? 2 mins
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4. The Water Test | Heating the Pan 15 mins
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5. Adding Oil to a Heated Pan 4 mins
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6. Adding Ingredients to the Pan 2 mins
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7. How to Control Pan Temperature 3 mins
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8. Pan Frying | Cooking & Finishing 45 mins
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9. Pan Frying Challenge Questions 10 mins
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10. Pan Frying Thick vs. Thin Ingredients 30 mins
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11. Pan Frying with Alternative Pans 2 mins
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12. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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13. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 2 hrs 57 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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