Finding The Best Fish Fryer: A Chef’s Guide & My Favorite Models
If you’ve been looking for an Fish Fryer as a healthy alternative to fried foods, but aren’t sure which model is best for you and your family, our review of the Top 12 Fish Fryers of 2017 is just what you need.
1) Bayou Classic 2212 Aluminum Outdoor Fish Cooker Set | 2) Masterbuilt MB10 Outdoor LP Gas 10-quart Fryer | 3) Bayou Classic SS50 Stainless Steel High Pressure Cooker | 4) King Kooker 1618 16-Inch Propane Outdoor Cooker | 5) King Kooker 1205 12-Inch Propane Outdoor Cooker | 6) CHARD FFPA105 Fish & Wing Fryer | 7) R&V Works 4 Gallon Cajun Fryer | 8) Bayou Classic B159, Outdoor Fish Cooker | 9) Bayou Classic 700-725 Fryer | 10) Bayou Classic SP10 High-Pressure Outdoor Gas Cooker | 11) Bayou Classic SS50 Stainless Steel Cooker | 12) Masterbuilt 20010610 Indoor Electric Fish Fryer |
The Best Fish Fryers: A Chef’s Favorite
Deep-fryers are such a simple appliance that it is not even worth doing a diagram of one. They consist of a tank which holds both the food and the oil, and heating element at the bottom of the tank to heat the oil, and a thermostat to control the temperature. Most have a lid to protect against spattering oil. Most will have a basket to lower and remove food from the tank.
That’s really all there is to them. The main differences between different models are the size, power, and how many bells and whistles they have on them. They range in price from around $20.00 to over $1000.00. My favorite is my Presto extra-large multi-pot, which works as a deep-fryer, slow cooker, and cooking pot. It is basically just an electric cooking pot with a thermostat, lid, and a basket.
There are few parts to break or go bad. It is large enough to fry several pounds of food at a time, and is easy to clean. I’ve had mine for around 30 years now, it still performs like new, and I fry a lot… I bought it brand new at Walmart in the 1980s for around $18.00.
Some of the bells and whistles you may come across are digital electronics that control temperature, cooking times, and auto shut-offs. Some larger units may have a drain spigot to make draining the oil easier. Some have dual tanks, so you can fry several different things that may have different frying times, at the same time, such as french fries and fish.
You can set each tank at a different temperature, or time. Some are free-standing, and some are counter-top models. Is one any better than the other?… I would say no. It just depends on what you want. Bells and whistles are nice, but remember, the more things something has on it, the more that can go wrong
That’s all there is to deep-frying fish. I have written a review of a deep fryer that I think represents a good value, just to help you get started right.
History of Deep Frying
The actual origins of frying are hidden in archeology, but it’s a good bet that it was discovered very soon after the advent of cooking pots and skillets, maybe a turtle shell, or a scooped out rock, etc…. Early humans probably noticed that the fats from meat heated in the pan and created a wonderful crunchy outside. We do know for a fact, from hieroglyphics, that ancient Egyptians were deep-frying food as early as 5000 BCE.
The ancient Greeks were also fond of fried foods, especially seafood. Around the 1st century, the Romans listed deep-frying in one of the earliest cookbooks known, the Apicus. Fried foods became popular all through the Middle Ages.
Funnel cakes were common by the 13th century, By the 18th and 19th centuries, deep-frying had come into its own with the advent of French Fries, Onion Rings, Fried Chicken, culminating in the creation of one of the greatest fried foods ever…the Corn Dog, introduced at the Texas State Fair in 1938 by Carl and Neil Fletcher.
It is interesting to note that although the technique of deep-frying has been around for a few thousand years, the actual term, “deep-fry” did not come into common use until after 1916. An internet search for the invention of deep fryers credits Australian race car driver James Joyce in the 1970s, but this is clearly incorrect. How do I know this?
Because I was working in the early 1960s at McDonalds, and we had a deep fryer for french fries. McDonalds has had deep-fryers for french fries since 1949. Maybe Joyce just came up with the first consumer models, like the Fry Daddy, etc…, but he certainly did not invent the first deep fryer.
The first specialty appliances for deep frying were patented in the 1920s. It seems that several people invented them simultaneously, most likely due to the spread of electricity to most parts of the civilized world.
Modern deep-fryers come with all kinds of bells and whistles, and no matter how often you fry, or what you fry, chances are, there is a perfect model for you somewhere.