Top 10 Deep-Fried Chinese Recipes

Nothing beats biting into a piece of meat that has been deep-fried in batter, with its crispy coating on the outside and a juicy interior. While deep-frying has gotten a bad rap in recent years due to health concerns when properly done it actually uses very little oil. Here are the ten most popular recipes in which deep-frying is the main cooking technique. 

Note: New to deep-frying? Be sure to learn how to safely deep-fry food before you begin cooking.

  • 01 of 10

    Kung Pao Chicken

    Kung Pao Chicken
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    Szechuan's most famous dish, this recipe for Kung Pao chicken combines deep-fried chicken with chilies, peanuts, and a spicy sauce.

  • 02 of 10

    General Tso's Chicken

    General Tso's chicken
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    General Tso's chicken is a tried-and-true Chinese restaurant favorite is based on an authentic Hunan dish that translates roughly as "ancestor meeting place chicken."

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    Egg Rolls

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    The western version of Spring Rolls, this recipe for egg rolls is made with barbecued pork, vegetables and oyster sauce and soy sauce for seasoning.

  • 04 of 10

    Crab Rangoon

    Crab Rangoon
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    Crab rangoon is a perennial dim sum party favorite consists of deep-fried wontons that are filled with crabmeat, cream cheese, and seasonings.

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    Sesame Chicken

    Sesame Chicken
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    From seeds to oil, sesame plays a major role in this popular sesame chicken restaurant dish. Put down the takeout menu and learn how to make this recipe at home!

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    Sweet and Sour Pork

    Sweet And Sour Pork
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    In this recipe, the sweet and sour pork is deep-fried twice for extra crispiness. The sweet and sour sauce is made with vinegar, sugar, pineapple juice and ketchup.

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    Ginger Beef

    Ginger Beef
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    The signature dish of many Alberta Chinese restaurants, ginger beef consists of beef that is marinated in ginger juice, deep-fried twice for extra crispiness, and then coated with a sweet and sour sauce.

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    Spring Rolls

    Plate of spring rolls, sauce and salad
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    Delicate spring rolls are filled with shredded pork, shrimp, Chinese dried black mushrooms and garlic chives.

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  • 09 of 10

    Lobster Cantonese

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    Lobster tails are deep-fried and then stir-fried with savory black bean sauce in this popular lobster Cantonese dish.

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    Fried Wonton

    Fried wonton dumplings
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    Last but not least, another favorite appetizer recipe is fried wonton. Wonton wrappers are filled with ground pork and seasonings, deep-fried and served with sauce for dipping. The recipe includes dipping sauce suggestions.