How to Deep Fry Ham

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The trend of deep frying turkeys opened the door for deep frying other types of meats, including hams. Using a deep fryer, an appliance that takes up to 5 gallons of oil to get the job done, cuts the cooking time drastically. It seems, intuitively, that frying a large piece of meat such as a ham would render it dry and tough, but the opposite happens: deep fried hams are juicy and tender when they are fried properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Turkey fryer
  • Peanut oil
  • Ham
  • Paper towels
  • Put the peanut oil into the cooking receptacle of the turkey fryer. The amount you use will depend on the size of the ham and the displacement it causes.

  • Heat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Pat ham dry with paper towels and place it in the fryer's basket.

  • Lower the ham very slowly into the hot oil, making sure that the oil doesn't bubble so much that it spills out of the fryer.

  • Fry the ham until the instant-read cooking thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Remove the ham carefully and turn off the fryer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Peanut oil is the oil most favored for deep frying meats because of its ability to reach higher temperatures without smoking, burning or affecting the taste.
  • Mix up your favorite glaze and apply it after the ham has cooked.
  • Be very careful when operating a turkey fryer. The large amount of hot oil can be dangerous.
  • Deep fry foods of this size outside and keep children away from the unit.

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