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JLeslie's avatar

When someone says a food is fried, what do you assume?

Asked by JLeslie (60488points) February 10th, 2012

Do you assume:

Breaded or batter dipped?

Cooked in oil?

Deep fried?

Anything cooked in a frying pan, but might have been with or without any fat or grease?

Just curious.

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ragingloli's avatar

depends on the country. In Germany, I would assume properly fried in a pan. In certain other countries, drowned in hot oil.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I assume it’s been breaded and fried.

thorninmud's avatar

If it’s in a food service establishment, I assume it’s deep fried (otherwise, they’d tend to say it’s “sauteed”). If it’s in a home, I assume it’s pan fried, probably in a fair amount of fat.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Deep fried.

Otherwise, here in my state we’d say pan fried to denote the difference.

6rant6's avatar

I assume it’s cooked in oil fast enough that the outside will be cooked more than the insides.

Blackberry's avatar

Breaded and deep fried.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

I assume that it is heart attack inducing and unhealthy breaded and deep fried.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, usually deep fried.

Coloma's avatar

Now why am I thinking about donuts? I haven’t had a donut in YEARS. Now I want a donut. lol

marinelife's avatar

That it is probably breaded and deep fried

john65pennington's avatar

“Fried” means its not baked.

That tells the whole story.

wilma's avatar

To me “fried” would be either pan fried or deep fried, both ways using fat of some sort.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Mmmmmm, fried catfish….. I’m hungry now.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Mmmm…@WillWorkForChocolate, it’s Fish Fry Friday, too!

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t assume breaded, I only think breaded or battered dipped if it states it. I think I am in the minority.

Coloma's avatar


Haha..” fried means it’s not baked..” Brilliant deduction Watson! lol ;-)

Coloma's avatar

Oooh fried Zucchini…my heart be still!

SpatzieLover's avatar

@JLeslie We think alike. And I see from the above that we most likely are in the minority.

JLeslie's avatar

@Coloma Is it the zucchini just sauteed? Or, breaded? I am so confused.

Coloma's avatar


Oh, it’s breaded ( more like Tempura batter )and served with ranch dressing..OMG! It’s fair fare! :-)

wilma's avatar

@SpatzieLover and @JLeslie I don’t assume breaded or battered unless it says that it is. I only assume cooked in fat.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I really want fried foods now, and I’ve been such a good girl on my diet! Damn this thread to the deepest pit of hell for making me salivate over fried food!

ucme's avatar

Cardiac arrest on a plate?

Coloma's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate Me too! Damn you @JLeslie.
Dinner…½ cup of cottage cheese, 3 prawns and baby carrots. lol

JLeslie's avatar

@wilma Ok, so now I am wondering if it is a regional thing, but I can’t remember where everyone is from. You and @SpatzieLover are midwest, WI and MI, and I am northeast. So, are southerners thinking breaded? But, I don’t think that is the answer. I think some people who assume breaded on the Q are from those areas.

JLeslie's avatar

@Coloma Hahaha. I just ate a bowl of Captain Crunch. The roof of my mouth hurts.

Coloma's avatar

@JLeslie LOL…I sympathize..ya know, I’ve just come to a decision, I have done great all week, it’s friday, and well..I won’t go for the fried foods but..I AM going to allow myself a couple o’ Pacificos. Beer is better than batter right? Unless it’s beer batter!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Oh God, beer battered fish. <sighs>

Coloma's avatar

Somebody help me rationlise would ya? lol
@WillWorkForChocolate Okay..f—k it! You batter the fish and I’ll bring the beer. lol

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I can’t! It’s a Slim Fast or a Healthy Choice Steamer bowl for me. I was really bad last night and now I have to pay for it, lol. :(

SpatzieLover's avatar

y’all can come over to my place. I’ll take you out for a brewski and all you can eat Beer Battered Fish, along with potato pancakes with sour cream & applesauce

Coloma's avatar

Drinking big glass of water and savoring a wasabi rice cracker.

The_Idler's avatar

in a flat pan over heat. usually with oil.

‘deep fried’ denotes the obvious.

and ‘Southern fried’ means breaded and deep fried, often with mild spice. American style.

UK here.

The_Idler's avatar

note that the cod in fish and chips, or sausage from a chip shop is never called fried.
its just called “battered”. its taken for granted that it will be deep-fried.

likewise, chips are either just “oven chips” or “chips”.

JLeslie's avatar

@The_Idler Very interesting. So is “southern fried” a take from America, or does it describe southern English cooking?

Oh, I see you wrote American style.

The_Idler's avatar

Yeah, there’s no such thing as Southern English, as a style of frying, so it means Southern US style.

In fact, nobody advertising fried foods would ever purposely associate themselves with the South, because as deep-fried foods go, the North has all the reputation.

Mmmmm chips n gravy n battered saus. I’ll see you at 4am tonight =}

stardust's avatar

Deep fried. Shudder.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I assume it’s Southern.

Coloma's avatar

2 Pacificos and still have 400 calories for dinner, yay! lol

downtide's avatar

cooked in oil

Kardamom's avatar

Once again, need to clean the glasses. I swear I thought the Q said, “Food is a friend. What do you assume?” I was going to agree : )

Generally though, I think of battered and deep fried. Mmmm Onion rings : P

JilltheTooth's avatar

I assume I will enjoy eating it, then not enjoy digesting it.

sliceswiththings's avatar

I assume that I can’t have it, thanks to my seemingly irreversible stomach parasite!

DaphneT's avatar

I assume it’s cooked in a skillet with a recipe-specific amount of oil or butter. Deep fried wasn’t a concept in cooking in our house when I was growing up, so I don’t jump to it immediately.

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