Healthy Low Fat Fried Food

You love fried food, right? But you also know it’s pretty bad for you. What if we told you “fry” is OK? No, not deep-fried, trans-fat-laden junk, but a lighter, smarter type of “fry.”

EatingWell Fish Sticks, Oven-Fried Chicken and Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks are just a few of the oven-frying recipes we’ve created over the years with great success.

Our easy, oven-frying technique delivers a crisp, seasoned exterior and moist, tender interior without all the fat and calories of deep-frying. For the basic technique, we have you coat your food in a light breading, spray it with oil and bake it on a rack. An oil spray bottle works great and so does cooking spray.

Sometimes we go for a slight variation—brown the coated food in a bit of oil in a skillet and then finish it in the oven. That way it gets crisp on the exterior but doesn’t burn and requires only a little oil. Use this technique for Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches with Remoulade Sauce.

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