The Best Baking Tips We've Ever Published

It's time to polish that Best Baker on the Block trophy, because these no-fail tips will take your baking to the next level.

See More

Bloody Mary Recipes

Whip up an amazing Bloody Mary recipe from our wide selection of beverages featuring variations made with vodka, tequila, and even beer. Plus, we throw in ideas for unique drink garnishes, along with our best tips for hosting a cocktail party. Cheers!

View Slideshow

All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!

View Slideshow

60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls

One of the most time-consuming parts of any holiday meal: making the dinner rolls. With the time it takes to prepare the dough, wait for it to rise, and bake, traditional dinner roll recipes can be an all-day affair! Making dinner rolls doesn't have to take all day, though. Whether you make them from scratch or start with a little extra help, you can make delicious dinner rolls in just one hour. So, make preparing your holiday dinner a little easier with these eight quick dinner roll recipes that are all ready in 60 minutes or less!

View Slideshow

Snowman Jars You Can Make in Bulk for Christmas Gifting

Add a frosty flare to your mason jars with this holiday craft that you can make for anyone on your gift list.

View Video
Popular in Food

How to Dredge Food

Give your food a crispy coating with a technique called dredging. Also referred to as breading, it means to dip food such as poultry, fish, or meat in flour, cornmeal, or bread crumbs to help preserve moisture during cooking. Read on for more information about this popular technique.

Advantages to Dredging

There are several reasons to dredge your food prior to sauteing or frying:

  • The coating keeps the food from sticking to the pan while cooking.
  • The flour and other dry ingredients seal in moisture to prevent the food from becoming tough.
  • The coating helps to brown the food and provide a crunchy surface.
  • The seasoning in the coating adds flavor to your food.

How to Dredge Food

Follow these simple steps for dredging food:

1. Prepare the coatings for dredging and place them in separate shallow dishes. This allows you to dredge and coat the food in an assembly-line fashion.

2. Dredge meat such as chicken or fish in flour first. The flour will help seal in moisture to protect the food from the high cooking heat.

3. Dip both sides of the meat in egg that has been beaten with milk or water. The egg wash provides a sticky surface for the final coating to cling to. To keep your fingers from getting more coating on them than the food, use one hand for dipping the food into the liquid, and the other for dipping it into the breading.

4. Create a thicker coating by dredging meat in seasoned bread crumbs, cornmeal, or crushed crackers. Use your hands to pat coating gently onto both sides of the food. Set each finished piece on a platter until you're ready to fry. Keep in mind that perishable food should not be left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature (or 1 hour when the temperature is more than 90 degrees). Do not return cooked meat to the unwashed platter. Dredged meat is still raw and should be handled accordingly.

Dredge Vegetables

Vegetables such as onions are another popular food for dredging. Prepare crisp-coated onion rings by dredging in a flour mixture prior to frying.

Recipes for foods that use the dredging technique:

Buttermilk-Brined Fried Chicken

Fried Deviled Brie

Onion Rings


Loading... Please wait...