There are several tips for frying with olive oil that should give the best cooking results.
What sort of a pan should you use?
A large, deep pan and large amounts of olive oil are the best. The oil should be heated to the correct temperature and fry only medium or small portions of food at the same time. Olive oil can be reused several times by filtering it before storing it in a suitable place where it is cool and dry.
When frying with olive oil, it is best to use a large, heavy pan that is deep and wide. A pan like this evenly distributes the oil, which leads to better results. Each type of olive oil has a different and distinct flavour.
Is it okay to use a large quantity of olive oil?
Olive oil is much healthier than its vegetable oil counterpart, so it is acceptable to use large quantities of it to cook with. In fact, it is better to use a large amount of oil because the food will float and not stick to the pan. The rate of fat absorption will also be lower and the food will not become soggy.
How to fry with olive oil?
To fry, the olive oil must be heated to a temperature of about 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). Frying with olive oil that exceeds this temperature causes the oil to smoke in the pan. The best way to measure your temperature correctly is by purchasing a kitchen thermometer. Alternatively, a small piece of bread can be placed in the oil. If it turns golden brown in less than 60 seconds, the oil is ready for use.
Only small amounts of food need to be cooked in a pan at a time. Too much food in the pan will affect the temperature of the oil. A combination of too many elements in the pan and a temperature that is not hot enough produces soft foods.
After frying with olive oil, the remaining oil can be saved. Olive oil is expensive but can be reused four or five times. The oil should be cooled and then filtered to remove any particles, as they could affect the flavor of the fried food in it later. The remaining particles can also burn when fried. The oil can be poured through a clean cheese cloth into a bowl or jar, which should then be sealed and stored in a cool, dry space.