Use moderation. Pair fried entrées with a healthy side or salad.
Choose a heart-healthy oil with a high smoke point.
Heat oil to the proper temperature, and use a candy/fry thermometer to monitor it.
Maintain the proper oil temperature during cooking; otherwise, the food begins absorbing excess oil, not only adding fat and calories but also rendering it soggy. Greasy fried food is badly fried food.
When battering foods before frying, be sure to use carbonated liquids, a small amount of leavening (baking soda), or both in the batter. These release gas bubbles as the food cooks, further reducing oil absorption.
Drain cooked foods on paper towels for a minute or two after cooking, so any excess oil doesn’t cling and soak into the food.