Battered and Fried

From Japanese tempura to chicken-fried steak, these recipes celebrate the decadence of battered and fried foods in many forms.

Batter-Fried Scallions

Batter-Fried Scallions

Delicate onions turn crunchy and sweet when dipped in batter and fried.Helen Rosner
Herb Tempura

Herb Tempura

Use as many herbs as possible when making this crispy tempura. They are delicious served before dinner with champagne or a champagne cocktail.Maxime Iattoni
See the RecipeFrieder Blickle

Deep Fried Fresh Anchovies with Warm Mayonnaise

Food fried a la romana (in egg batter)—squid is often cooked this way in Spain—has a softer, moister crust than that fried in eggless batter.Galilea Nin
Fried Eggplant

Fried Eggplant

Crunchy on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside—this is eggplant at its best.Helen Rosner
Fried Artichoke Hearts with Taratur Sauce

Fried Artichoke Hearts with Taratur Sauce

We found this recipe—a flavorful local favorite, in which tender artichoke bottoms are fried and served with an intense, tahini-based sauce—at al-Az, a casual but well-known restaurant in Damascus.Helen Rosner

Meat-Stuffed Potato Croquettes

These croquettes can also be filled with chicken or tuna. See the recipe for Meat-Stuffed Potato Croquettes »Christopher Hirsheimer
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Oyster Fritters

Oyster Fritters

These oyster fritters are meltingly tender with a beer batter that is surprisingly airy.Jorg Brockmann
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Iowa Fried Morels

See the RecipeRussell Kaye
Fried Chicken Livers

Fried Chicken Livers

Former deputy editor Beth Kracklauer traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, with her father for her survey of the best bar foods in that city. These fried chicken livers topped the list and make a stellar accompaniment to an ice-cold beer.André Baranowski
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Crab-Stuffed Jalapeños

This dish is based on the crab-stuffed jalapeños found on menus throughout southeast Texas. We found that chilling the chiles after stuffing them makes them easier to coat with bread crumbs and fry.André Baranowski
Creole-Style Fried Fish

Creole-Style Fried Fish

This recipe was given to us by Lonnee Hamilton, who recommends spooning some bacon grease into the frying oil to give the fish a smokier flavor.Todd Coleman

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos
Adding beer to the batter helps the fish for these tacos fry up golden brown and lightly crispy.Penny De Los Santos
Korean Fried Chicken

Korean Fried Chicken

Double-frying chicken wings gives them a delicate, crackly crust that is the hallmark of this popular Korean specialty, made famous in this country at the Los Angeles restaurant Kyochon.André Baranowski
Browned Butter Collard Greens

Browned Butter Collard Greens

Bruce and Eric Bromberg, the authors of Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, 2010), invented this recipe for crisp-tender, quick-cooked collards when they ran out of spinach at their restaurant Blue Ribbon and substituted collards instead.Todd Coleman
Fritto Misto (Fried Squid, Fish, and Shrimp)

Fritto Misto (Fried Squid, Fish, and Shrimp)

Deep-frying seafood in a good-quality extra-virgin olive oil imparts fruity, peppery flavors and creates an incredibly delicate crust.Todd Coleman
Yankee Fish Cakes

Yankee Fish Cakes

These lemon-and-dill-flavored fish cakes are a favorite of northeastern Massachusetts.Todd Coleman
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Cemita Poblana

Cemita Poblana
Mexico's overstuffed cemita poblana brims with queso blanco, chipotle, pepper, avocado, papalo and crisp milanesa (a fried cutlet).Todd Coleman
See the RecipeMichael Kraus
Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Simply seasoned and fried, with a thin, crisp coating and tender, juicy meat, the fried chicken at Martha Lou's Kitchen is some of the best we've ever tasted.Todd Coleman
Crispy Calamari with Pesto Mayonnaise

Crispy Calamari with Pesto Mayonnaise

Chef Jim Leiken of DBGB in New York City serves pesto-spiked mayonnaise as a dipping sauce for fried calamari, cauliflower, and chickpeas.Todd Coleman
Almond-Flour Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

Almond-Flour Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

The substitution of almond flour for conventional wheat flour in this recipe, developed by Judy Haubert, originated as a gluten-free workaround, but actually makes the cakes moister and more tender than traditional crab cakes.Helen Rosner
Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Beer-Battered Onion Rings

A flavorful batter infused with honey, paprika, and lager beer is the secret to these crunchy onion rings.Todd Coleman
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Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Fried Cucumbers with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce

Sour cream and fines herbes make a great sauce for cooling down a spicy snack like our fried cucumbers.Maxime Iattoni
Corn Dogs

Corn Dogs

This cornbread batter gets an extra kick from cayenne pepper and a slurp of buttermilk.Penny De Los Santos

Schnitzel à la Holstein

The crisp-fried veal topped with luscious egg, salty anchovies, and capers is a brilliant study in contrasting flavors and textures.Todd Coleman
Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes

Virginia Ham and White Cheddar Croquettes

Crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, potato croquettes filled with a combination of white cheddar and salty ham are the ultimate two-bite party snack.Anna Stockwell
Sage Tempura Shiitake Mushrooms

Sage Tempura Shiitake Mushrooms

Earthy sage enhances the woodsy flavor of shiitake mushrooms in this simple fried appetizer.Maxime Iattoni
Fried Curly Parsley

Fried Curly Parsley

Crunchy, batter-fried parsley sprigs not only make a great appetizer, but are equally good as a garnish for grilled fish or soup.Todd Coleman
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Batter-Fried Peppers and Bananas

Batter-Fried Peppers and Bananas

Chickpea flour, the base of the frying batter for this appealing, spicy-sweet snack, is one of the most important foodstuffs in Gujarati cookingJames Oseland

Chicken-Fried Steak with Sausage Gravy

Chicken-Fried Steak with Sausage Gravy
Inexpensive cube steaks, tenderized by the butcher, work best for this heartland breakfast staple.James Oseland
Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken

Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken

Double-fried chicken marinated in an aromatic brine is a specialty of the house at the restaurant Rye KC in Leawood, Kansas.Todd Coleman