Crispy Deep Fried Bacon takes the already irresistible taste of bacon to a whole new level. By coating it in a seasoned batter and deep frying it to golden perfection, you get a deliciously crunchy exterior with a savory, tender interior. This dish is perfect for a decadent breakfast treat, a unique addition to brunch menus, or even as a snack for bacon enthusiasts.
- 1 pound bacon strips
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Oil for frying
Step 1: Prepare the Batter
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and black pepper. Gradually add the cold water to the dry ingredients, whisking continuously until a smooth batter forms. The consistency should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. If the batter is too thick, you can add a little more water, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
Step 2: Heat the Oil
Fill a deep fryer or a large, deep skillet with enough oil to fully submerge the bacon strips. Heat the oil to 375°F (190°C). Use a cooking thermometer to ensure the oil reaches the correct temperature, as this is crucial for achieving crispy bacon.
Step 3: Prepare the Bacon
While the oil is heating, prepare the bacon strips by cutting them in half if they are too long to fit in your fryer or skillet. This step is optional and based on the size of your cooking vessel.
Step 4: Batter the Bacon
Dip each bacon strip into the batter, ensuring it is fully coated. Allow any excess batter to drip off before carefully placing the bacon into the hot oil.
Step 5: Fry the Bacon
Fry the bacon strips in batches to avoid overcrowding, which can lower the oil’s temperature and result in soggy bacon. Fry each piece for about 3-4 minutes, or until the batter is golden brown and crispy. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to flip the bacon halfway through frying for even cooking.
Step 6: Drain and Serve
Once the bacon strips are fried to perfection, remove them from the oil and drain on a plate lined with paper towels to remove any excess oil. Serve the crispy deep-fried bacon hot, either as is or with your favorite dipping sauce.
- Safety First: Be cautious when frying with hot oil to prevent splatters. Keep a lid nearby to cover the pan in case of splattering.
- Serving Suggestions: Crispy deep-fried bacon can be enjoyed on its own, dipped in maple syrup for a sweet and savory treat, or used as a topping for salads and soups for added crunch.
- Storage: While best enjoyed fresh, you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) until crispy again.
- Preparation Time: 10 minutes
- Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
- Total Time: 25-30 minutes
Crispy Deep Fried Bacon is an indulgent way to enjoy bacon with an extra crunch. Whether you’re serving it for breakfast, as part of a brunch spread, or as a snack, this dish is sure to delight bacon lovers. Follow these simple steps, and get ready to enjoy bacon in a whole new way.