A Lodge Dutch Oven is such a versatile cooking appliance and heat retention is incredibly efficient in this cast-iron product as well. But how does it handle deep-frying?
A Dutch Oven is one of the best ways to fry foods beacuse it maintains heat well and evenly. It is perfect for frying chicken, fish, or meatballs. It is compact and portable so you can take it with you in your car, truck, or boat and use it at home too.
No matter if you’re having a party or frying up a storm for your family, the Lodge Dutch Oven is up to the task.
Can You Fry In An Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven?
Anyone who owns a Dutch oven knows the next big step is to fry foods in it. In fact, once you start cooking with enameled cast iron, there’s no turning back and when searching reviewer comments about frying there were hundreds of comments about it…
Example of comments from Lodge Dutch oven reviews:
If you are using it to for frying, the oil temp doesn’t drop as much when you put the cold food in to fry, so it fries quicker and more evenly.
- I used it to deep fry and it held the heat steady through two batches of deep-fried shrimp.
- First, the frying! Cast iron produces an even, uniform heat and a heavenly golden-brown crust that is to-die-for.
- I’ve even made candy and deep-fried much more than anyone should fry anything in it.
- Since I’ve been using my Lodge Dutch oven for frying I’ve had some really excellent, golden brown, evenly cooked foods.
- I purchased this to use for frying and it does not disappoint.
- If you are looking for a highly versatile and solid pot for frying, slow cooking, simmering, etc. Get this.
- It’s also great for deep frying and stove-top braising of meats.
- I’ve only used it for deep frying. Given its size, it takes a lot of oil. But you can fry a large amount of food at once, which is nice, as you’re not doing ten batches so that the earlier batches are cold when you get them to the table.
- I’ve used it to deep fry things and also make chili.
- My wife loves slow cooking soups in it and I have done deep frying for the first time and loved it.
- I’ve used this only once for deep frying. It heated up quickly and it seemed to help regulate the temperature.
Deep-frying is fun: I’ve made home-made potato chips and beer-batter fries. This is one of the most versatile items in the kitchen, and at this price, a steal.
- This is my first enameled indoor oven and it is a great size to cook stews, roasts, fill with oil, and deep fry many items at once and it cleans up well!
- I use this pot for two things, really: Deep frying catfish in 350oC peanut oil, and making gumbo. It works wonderfully for both applications.
- It’s great for frying because it retains heat really well and the high walls minimize splatters.
- For the longest time, we had searched for something we could use for deep-frying.
- For those looking for an alternative to a conventional deep-fryer, I highly recommend this item!
- You can fry in it as its weight and materials keep the oil’s temperature from changing too much when you drop in your cold food.
- I’ve made bolognese, chili, roasted chicken, all sorts of Indian dishes, beef brisket, fish ‘n’ chips (these things are great for deep frying), bread, pork carnitas, and countless other dishes perfectly in this cast iron dutch oven.
- It’s perfect for deep-frying fish and chips, browning meats, cooking rice and casseroles, steaming veggies, and the list goes on.
- This thing is great. I use mine to deep-fry fish, make soup, and even bake bread!
- Everything from brazing to deep frying can be done in this!
Can You Fry In A Cast Iron Dutch Oven?
The cast iron dutch oven made by lodge also has hundreds of reviewers commenting about frying. Let’s take a look at what they had to say…
Example of comments from Lodge Dutch oven reviews:
I have used it for hot oil and frying tempura shrimp and vegetables. Fantastic. It holds the heat so we’ll … The oil temperature doesn’t plunge when you add food like a common pot does
- Primarily used for deep frying cornish hens, small batches of french fries, and a quick saute corned beef with garlic and onion or corned beef hash in the morning. Very versatile cookware.
- I use it specifically for frying potatoes(French fries, home fries, hashed browns, etc).
- This is large enough to deep fry and deep enough to roast.
- I bought this mainly for frying. It doesn’t make as much as a mess due to the high sides and it comes to 375 super fast. I love this for frying.
- If you want perfect bacon, just fry in the cast iron…cannot be beaten…..really for anything you want to cook.
- This is a versatile dutch oven. I bought the fry basket that goes with it and have made french fries perfectly.
- Frying chicken, fish, or fries is a breeze with the dutch oven. Because of the heavy iron construction, the oil comes back up to heat quickly between batches.
- I love to deep fry green tomatoes, catfish &, etc in lard.
- Then I tried fried chicken, lots of room in this pot for deep frying chicken.
- I like to use this size pot for frying up homemade chips, chicken, etc.
Can You Use A Dutch Oven To Fry Chicken?
A lot of people are aware that a Lodge Dutch Oven works great for stews and roasts, but can you use it to fry chicken? Many people think you can’t because of the lack of a “hot spot” on the bottom of the Dutch Oven.
However, if you get to know your Dutch Oven a little better, you’ll find that it is perfectly suited to fry chicken. Just remember that if you’re going to fry chicken in a Dutch Oven, you have to make sure that the Dutch Oven is preheated before you add the oil.
And here is what customers have today about frying chicken in the Lodge dutch ovens:
I read that dutch ovens were great for frying chicken (anything that requires a load of oil). And it’s true.
- I fry chicken, make chili, do just about anything with it and it is delicious every time.
- Great for frying chicken.
- I fried chicken for the first time and the high sides made it much safer than a frying pan.
- Great for baking bread, making stews, deep frying chicken, you name it.
- I cook noodles, make casseroles, fry fish and chicken in it.
- You can even fry chicken in it if you are so inclined. It’s versatile, it cleans up VERY easily.
- I use it for frying chicken, fish. Sauteing, making curry.
- The best pot for frying chicken ever!
- A couple of bottles of oil in it and you’re ready to fry french fries, wings, corn nuggets, chicken, whatever.
- This is a good size for frying chicken and fish. I remember growing up, this is the only pot my mom would fry chicken in.
In summary, cooking with cast iron Dutch ovens has an old-fashioned feel that really works.
Cast iron construction maintains heat well and evenly, and the lid has a pre-seasoned, nonstick finish to ensure your food always comes out of the oven tasting delicious.
We’ve already seen how good it is for deep frying but it’s also perfect for preparing hearty soups, searing meats and veggies on the stovetop, or frying chicken, fish, and more right in the oven. Dutch oven cooking is as versatile as it is delicious!
The large cooking surface of our Dutch Oven gives you plenty of room to spread out, perfect for frying or sauteing up a big meal. Cover and lock the lid for really deep frying, or cook soup, stew, or chili with ease.