20 Ways to Cut Fat in Cooking

Easy Ways to Cut Fat in Cooking

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1. Use nonstick cooking spray instead of butter or oil; or at least choose liquid oils over solid fats (preferably canola oil or olive oil)

2. Choose extra-lean meat and skinless chicken breasts

3. Trim all visible fat from meat

4. Grill, broil, bake, braise, steam, poach, slow-cook, and microwave foods instead of frying them. Sautéing is ok with minimal amounts of oil, or use nonstick spray, or broth instead

5. Drain fat from cooked meats and blot them with kitchen paper if necessary

6. Use vegetables, beans or whole grains to replace some of the meat content of burgers, meatloaf, and chili

7. Coat chicken and fish in breadcrumbs rather than batter, and bake them instead of frying them

8. Choose chicken or turkey sausages instead of pork or beef sausages

9. Choose Canadian bacon or turkey bacon instead of regular bacon

10. Use one egg and two egg whites per person in your favorite egg dishes or cakes; or cut fat and cholesterol completely by using egg substitute

11. Substitute two meat dishes each week with fish or vegetarian meals

12. Use fat-free chicken broth or fat-free milk in mashed potatoes, soups, gravies and stews

13. Try fat-free evaporated milk in creamy soups and casseroles instead of heavy cream

14. Top your pies or line your tarts with phyllo dough instead of regular pastry

15. Oven-fry potatoes instead of making or buying French fries

16. Use herbs, spices, fruits and salsas to flavor your food

  • Mango-Tomato Salsa
  • Mango-Black Bean Salsa
  • Spice-Rubbed Cod
  • Baked Zesty Tilapia
  • Lemon-Thyme Halibut
  • Spice-Rubbed Pork Chops
  • Roasted Spice-Rubbed Salmon
  • Herbed Pork Tenderloin

17. Substitute reduced fat cheeses for full-fat ones, and cut the amount you use

18. Choose reduced fat sour cream or yogurt instead of full-fat versions for stews, dips, spreads, and dressings

19. Use reduced fat or fat-free cream cheese instead of the regular version for cheesecakes

20. Replace some of the fat in baked goods with applesauce, plain nonfat yogurt or low fat buttermilk