0

votes

Paleo deep frying recipes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 27, 2012 at 8:44 PM

I liked deep frying my food, like french fries, fish, tempura and the likes before I went paleo a few months ago. Now I would like to toss out the sunflower oil and start deep frying in lard or maybe coconutoil (lard is cheaper here ;) ).

But what the heck could I fry in it which is still paleo? I could toss in pieces of chicken, delicious, maybe chicken wings, cheat a little and put in french fries, but I would like to have some more ideas.

I searched the web, but found nothing satisfying yet. Any ideas? What do you like to deep fry?

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 28, 2014
at 01:04 PM

Thinly sliced brussels sprouts fried with lots of chopped bacon is also good.

C743d014659f068a978da635b2bca342

on June 13, 2014
at 08:32 AM

Hells yeah duck fat!!! Not the most affordable option, but flavor bonanza. Make your own:

http://theprimaldesire.com/duck-leftovers-soup-sto...

As for what to cook: Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings:

http://theprimaldesire.com/bacon-wrapped-onion-rin...

Medium avatar

(2923)

on October 16, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Fries were always meant to be fried in duck fat (in two steps), none of this "vegetable shortening" nonsense ...

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on April 06, 2012
at 09:43 PM

The guy was asking for suggestions of paleo things he could deep fry, not for a lecture on the meaning and intention of "paleo."

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on March 28, 2012
at 05:06 AM

From one pedant to another, I would not disagree. But I would go further, to say that almost anything we eat now is at best "paleo-ified." Or make that "paleo-fried," in this case. I know it's not the best idea, but life is to be enjoyed, not merely endured, and deep fried food is one joy I'm willing to endure! As regards the wastefulness, I console my guilty conscience with the knowledge that the amount of oil I waste with my occasional frying pales in comparison to the oil most people send out their tail pipes each day. (That''s my sanctimonious car-free rationalization at work, here....)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 28, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I think @Christopher actually summarized what I would say to clarify this point. I might also add that using good oils for deep frying is somewhat wasteful. Regardless, I'm sticking to it that deep frying is for "paleo-ified" foods at best.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 28, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Squid, oysters, and prawns. Dip in egg, dip in almond flour coating, proceed to love life.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 28, 2012
at 12:39 AM

Yeah, I shallow-fry in lard all the time, I don't see a huge difference when I jump to deep frying. I don't do it often, but I love me some squid fried in lard. I wouldn't say that it is never, ever okay...

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

(610)

on March 27, 2012
at 11:53 PM

I don't need a recipe for duck fat.. ;) But I'm gonna stick with tallow come to think of it, you can buy it in every grocery store here (in the Netherlands) and it's quit cheap.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on March 27, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Deep-frying is totally paleo! It's paleo in the same way that cooking in butter in a saute pan is paleo, and boiling eggs is paleo, and rendering lard, clarifying butter, and purchasing grass-fed beef from the grocery store is paleo.

E689b5a04588f8050ef5fa6f8b820f32

(286)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Could you elaborate why deep frying is never paleo?

  • 7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

    asked by

    (610)
  • Views
    27.1K
  • Last Activity
    1285D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

12 Answers

5
Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:08 PM

Deep frying is never paleo. Never. At best, one could claim using paleo-safe ingredients makes the dish "paleo-ified" or something. Meh, I'm just a pedant, though.

Having said that, I'm also a hypocrite ;-) - I use coconut oil to deep fry some starches, like (actual) yams. I tend to roast sweet potatoes in the oven with olive oil, but I have deep fried them in the past. I boil cassava first, which then does well with just some olive oil roasted in the oven.

I don't fry my meats or fish. Pan-fry, certainly, but not deep-fry.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 28, 2012
at 04:17 AM

I think @Christopher actually summarized what I would say to clarify this point. I might also add that using good oils for deep frying is somewhat wasteful. Regardless, I'm sticking to it that deep frying is for "paleo-ified" foods at best.

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on March 27, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Deep-frying is totally paleo! It's paleo in the same way that cooking in butter in a saute pan is paleo, and boiling eggs is paleo, and rendering lard, clarifying butter, and purchasing grass-fed beef from the grocery store is paleo.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 28, 2012
at 12:39 AM

Yeah, I shallow-fry in lard all the time, I don't see a huge difference when I jump to deep frying. I don't do it often, but I love me some squid fried in lard. I wouldn't say that it is never, ever okay...

E689b5a04588f8050ef5fa6f8b820f32

(286)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:22 PM

Could you elaborate why deep frying is never paleo?

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on March 28, 2012
at 05:06 AM

From one pedant to another, I would not disagree. But I would go further, to say that almost anything we eat now is at best "paleo-ified." Or make that "paleo-fried," in this case. I know it's not the best idea, but life is to be enjoyed, not merely endured, and deep fried food is one joy I'm willing to endure! As regards the wastefulness, I console my guilty conscience with the knowledge that the amount of oil I waste with my occasional frying pales in comparison to the oil most people send out their tail pipes each day. (That''s my sanctimonious car-free rationalization at work, here....)

3
Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on March 27, 2012
at 11:44 PM

two words for you: duck fat.

7d3a7b532811b6cfa2de09acdf52d145

(610)

on March 27, 2012
at 11:53 PM

I don't need a recipe for duck fat.. ;) But I'm gonna stick with tallow come to think of it, you can buy it in every grocery store here (in the Netherlands) and it's quit cheap.

Medium avatar

(2923)

on October 16, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Fries were always meant to be fried in duck fat (in two steps), none of this "vegetable shortening" nonsense ...

C743d014659f068a978da635b2bca342

on June 13, 2014
at 08:32 AM

Hells yeah duck fat!!! Not the most affordable option, but flavor bonanza. Make your own:

http://theprimaldesire.com/duck-leftovers-soup-sto...

As for what to cook: Bacon Wrapped Onion Rings:

http://theprimaldesire.com/bacon-wrapped-onion-rin...

2
D8943072358128638901aa8faa6ba99e

(56)

on April 06, 2012
at 06:01 PM

Until all of us modern-city-dwellers advocates of paleo abandon the city and instead adopt a nomadic lifestyle and hunt and skin our own game and pick our own wild berries and grasses, any notion of "paleo" is at best an aproximation and at worst a cult. Paleo is a principle: to adapt our modern standards of living to the foods and activities our bodies evolved to sustain in order to live more productive and enjoyable lives. Using paleo-type ingredients and mixing them with modern cooking technology is not only acceptable, but the only way to make the paleo lifestyle possible and affordable. What, are you not going to freeze your deer sausage because paleolithic man did not freeze meat? Are you not going to refrigerate your eggs becaue paleolithic man did not refrigerate? So then what is wrong with using a stove, a pan and lard to fry your patty and coconut oil to deep fry your egg?

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on April 06, 2012
at 09:43 PM

The guy was asking for suggestions of paleo things he could deep fry, not for a lecture on the meaning and intention of "paleo."

2
0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on March 27, 2012
at 10:47 PM

I use bacon drippings for my deep frying. Sweet potatoes (especially blanched, then fried) are fabulous. Or potato or sweet potato chips are delightful.

2
94a4a87e3d2e1e9160b6ed77678b4bea

(1311)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:07 PM

I recommend the chicken fried recipe in Paleo Comfort Foods - its a great book anyway but the paleo "crumbed" chicken fried in coconut oil and finished in the oven is a great treat.

However I wouldn't recommend you overdo the deep frying!

1
Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on April 07, 2012
at 07:44 AM

This PHD/Jaminet page might be interesting for you...

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=4098

1
A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on March 27, 2012
at 11:34 PM

I use a mandoline (or a good knife) to shave nearly paper-thin slices of peeled, raw sweet potato, which I fry in coconut oil until crispy, then salt generously. I came to this "recipe" after getting desperate for something crispy like a chip or cracker--I was sick of dipping cucumber slices and jicama into guacamole!

I usually use these chips as a substitute for tortilla chips (w/salsa, guacamole, "nachos"). But they taste so mild, they work well with almost any spread or dip. And although the coconut oil seems fragrant, the chips themselves only taste faintly of coconut, in my opinion.

By the way, my favorite variety is one that's purple on the outside and white on the inside--it doesn't taste as sweet as an orange-colored sweet potato, so I think it works a little better for savory foods.

1
41d28a584639a27d63b1206220f33408

on March 27, 2012
at 09:45 PM

Beef dripping is a great fat for deep frying. Cheap too. The other day I bought a load of fish, cut it into goujons, dipped them in egg, then ground almonds. Hey presto, paleo fish fingers. I also have a mandolin with a rippled blade. Set shallow I run sweet potato through (turning 90 degrees each pass). It gives a great lattice shape and they crisp up great in the fryer. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and you have a winner.

0
Medium avatar

on June 28, 2014
at 11:33 AM

Try for Brussels sprout which is deep-fried.

1. 1 lb of brussels sprouts

2. Couple of segments of pasture-raised pork paunch or bacon (cleaved into chomp size pieces)

3. Grease or bacon oil from appropriately raised pigs (quality is key here… in the event that you don't have this from a decent source use coconut oil)

4. Balsamic vinegar to sprinkle on top

5. Minced garlic (few cloves or more in the event that you like garlic)

6. Ocean salt and pepp

Medium avatar

(10611)

on June 28, 2014
at 01:04 PM

Thinly sliced brussels sprouts fried with lots of chopped bacon is also good.

0
34a31e6e59ee73ac7ddfd96c3e653919

on June 14, 2014
at 08:02 AM

you can make chips by using a peeler and making strands of something like parsnips or carrots. both of which are great in something like duck or beef fat

theres also the whole confit side of things, which is low temperature frying. duck confit is duck leg cured in salt to draw out the moisture and then cooked in duck fat around 250° for a few hours. You can also confit things like beef cheek or short ribs and vegetables too obviously. you can even confit egg yolks if you wanna get all fancy and shit.

we confit the sinuous bellies of the yellowfin tuna we get at work in olive oil. pretty much the most epic "canned tuna" you've ever had

0
D7680fb52c17462d7b2abef835d20cb3

on March 11, 2014
at 12:15 PM

I still believe that deep fat frying isn't healthy, even if done with a "paleo fat"; however, I'm pretty sure that life is not worth living without an occasional hit of Buffalo Shrimp! And I want to do it properly. You know, the kind that are deep fried before being coated in the Buffalo sauce. ...I just need to figure out which "paleo flour" can give me an acceptable texture for the batter (any ideas there??). @Otto

0
1a1dd8853b9e39b409023924d7ab1894

(0)

on October 16, 2012
at 12:39 AM

Hunt deer, save deer "suet", render fat, strain and you'll have liquid deer tallow. Let it cool; it will harden and have the look/texture of white soap with little to no odor. Freeze and/or keep air tight to preserve. Bang; you have a truly "paleo" cooking "oil". Do any of you actually believe hunter/gatherers didn't figure out a LONG LONG time ago that their vegetables and tubers, etc tasted 100 times more delicious when cooked/heated in this stuff? The key to "paleo deep frying"..? We never used to cook anything in an "oil", or rather, in something that was liquid at room temperature (this doesn't make palm oil paleo btw) We cooked in animal fat/lard/tallow and it was/still is delicious... and its healthier for humans to consume compared to the popular vegetable oils most people use today. Hunter/gatherers didnt have vegetable oils for cooking... like next to never/not at all/practically nonexistant in our evolutionary history... why would it all of a sudden be a better fit in our diets? Lol, it wouldnt be, evoultion is too perfect for that..

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!