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From crisp green tomatoes to perfect po'boy shrimp, here's how to fry anything (anything!) like a pro

Learning to fry can be an intimidating prospect. I get it. There's hot oil, thermometers and potentially splatterable foods involved. But once you've got a how-to guide and a handle on the science of frying, it's way easier, and far less scary, to expand your frying repertoire to include everything from okra to buttermilk-brined chicken.

Chef Jeffrey Gardner and Visual Content Producer Ramona King crafted a few helpful how-to videos for learning the basic three frying methods: frittered, breaded and battered. Watch all three below.

How to fry perfect fritters

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How to make bread and fry green tomatoes

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How to make perfect battered and fried shrimp

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Once you're ready to graduate from the basics, pull out the chicken and buttermilk and try our two fried chicken recipes on for size.

Cast Iron Fried Chicken

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Nashville Hot Chicken

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The same methods work for fish, too!

Cornmeal Fried Catfish

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Finally, when you're ready for the ultimate fried meal, pull out the turkey fryer and get ready for a feast.

How to safely deep-fry a turkey

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Check out all of our deep-fried recipes and stories here


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Ramona King is the visual content producer for Southern Kitchen. She also produces our podcast, Sunday Supper. A native of Georgia and a proud Georgia Southern University alumna, Ramona has been a mixed media artist since 2009. She has grown her own studio, created for many, and is now as happy as a plum here at Southern Kitchen. A mother of two under the age of three, she spends her weekends in the 'burbs full of Barbies, bottles, craft beer and a peach cobbler recipe perfected 200 times over.


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Chef Jeffrey Gardner is a native of Natchez, Miss., and a graduate of Millsaps College and Johnson & Wales University. He lives in Atlanta and has served as sous chef for popular restaurants South City Kitchen Midtown and Alma Cocina. In 2013 he became executive chef for East Cobb restaurant Common Quarter and was named one of ten “Next Generation of Chefs to Watch” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He has appeared on TV shows including Food Network’s Chopped and Cooking Channel’s How to Live to 100, and also filmed a series of healthy cooking videos with retired pro wrestler and fitness guru Diamond Dallas Page. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the world with his wife Wendy, watching game shows and “spending all his money on Bruce Springsteen concerts.”


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Kate Williams is the editor-in-chief of Southern Kitchen. She is also an on-air personality on our podcast, Sunday Supper. She has been working in food since 2009, including a two-year stint at America’s Test Kitchen. Kate has been a personal chef, recipe developer, the food editor at a hyperlocal news site in Berkeley and a freelance writer for publications such as Serious Eats, Anova Culinary, The Cook’s Cook and Berkeleyside. Kate is also an avid rock climber and occasionally dabbles in long-distance running. She makes a mean peach pie and likes her bourbon neat.

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