Menu Inspiration

Fuel Up the Fryers

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Fried foods predominate on menus. Inspired ingredients/techniques enliven the category and can even serve keto, paleo, plant-forward or gluten-free diets.

Below are just a few of the many ways to upgrade classic fried favorites.


More than 60 percent of diners want these (Datassential, 2018)

American regional

  • Nashville hot chicken
  • Hush puppies
  • Chicken-fried steak
  • Deep-fried shrimp and grits
  • Pan-fried, breaded oysters


  • Buffalo cauliflower
  • Chicharrón-crusted fried avocado wedges
  • Fried-chicken chips
  • Crispy beef-jerky strips
  • Arancini
  • Croquettes

Global fried foods

  • Katsu Sandwiches (Japanese sandwiches with breaded, fried pork, chicken or shrimp)
  • Milanesas
  • Schnitzel
  • Korean fried chicken
  • Fried rice
  • Veggies
  • Flash-fried cauliflower
  • Deep-fried pickles, zucchini or green beans
  • Loaded French fries



Think beyond wheat flour and cornmeal:

  • Almond, cassava coconut, kamut and heirloom flours
  • Ground nuts or pork rinds
  • Gluten-free flours & Panko
  • Crushed cereals and favorite snacks, like Cheetos

Batter up!

  • Tempura
  • probiotic-rich kombucha
  • Local microbrew beer
  • Pickle brine
  • Juice

Fats & Oils

  • Umami-rich animal fats – like bacon, duck, goose and beef
  • Ghee (vegetarian),
  • Lasting Oils like Rice Bran, Cottonseed Canola, Corn oil, Peanut, Soybean


  • Double-frying
  • Shallow-pan frying
  • Sichuan dry-frying: slow-fry meat/veggies in oil to dry out the exterior, concentrate flavor; then stir-fry with flavorful ingredients that get reabsorbed into the dry surface.

The best for your fryer

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Need to clean up?
We love ProClean No Boil Fryer Cleaner, a labor- and time-saving product that improves food quality. The ready-to-use formula clings well to all surfaces inside the fryer and works on warm surfaces with no flashing. Watch this demo to see the six cleaning steps in action.

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