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Standard Breading Procedure

By July 6, 2011

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The standard breading procedure, used all the time in the culinary arts, is a three-step process for coating foods in a crispy breading before frying them. The steps are: 1) Dredge the item in flour; 2) dip it in egg wash; 3) coat it in breadcrumbs. I like to use a flaky Japanese breadcrumb called Panko for extra crunch.
Standard Breading Procedure: Step-By-Step Tutorial With Photos - Basic Breading Procedure
Standard breading procedure.
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Breading helps to seal in moisture when deep-frying or pan-frying. It also provides a crunchy and delicious exterior, and the golden-brown color that results makes the food more attractive. The three-step process also ensures that the breading sticks to the food instead of falling off in the hot oil. While the standard breading procedure is typically used for items that will be fried, breaded items can be baked as well.

The procedure will work for chicken cutlets, fish, vegetables, or any other item you want to fry. Here's a step-by-step demo on the standard breading procedure.

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