How to Build a Fish Fryer

Fishing season brings with it summertime fish fries, whereby guests converge at a single place to enjoy copious amounts of deep-fried fish caught at the local lakes and ponds.

You can purchase commercial fish fryers at many hardware and outdoors stores, or you can instead make your own from new or used parts. Your fryer should be able to safely heat a vat of oil to a specific temperature, and ideally will contain a rack for lowering the fish.

Purchase a portable propane burner, which is a burner similar to the type on a gas stove, as well as a hose and propane valve. Connect a propane tank to the propane burner's hose, then turn the burner's dial slightly to release gas. Press the burner's ignition button if it has one, or light a match and place it near the burner to ignite the propane.

Place a turkey fryer stand over the propane burner. A turkey fryer stand is marketed towards individuals wishing to deep fry a turkey on Thanksgiving, but works just the same for frying fish.

Place a tall metal pot on the fryer stand and fill it 3/4 full with frying oil or tallow. Clip a cooking thermometer onto the pot with the stem inserted into the oil to monitor the temperature. The oil shouldn't exceed 350 degrees.

Insert a round frying basket into the oil with the handle outside of the pot. Place thawed fish into the basket once the oil reaches the appropriate temperature. Lift the basket from the pot when the fish is thoroughly cooked. Turn off the burner and close the propane tank's valve.

Things You Will Need

  • Portable propane burner
  • Tall metal pot
  • Turkey fryer stand
  • Thermometer
  • Round frying basket
  • Propane tank

Warnings

  • Overheating the oil could result in a grease fire and serious injury.
  • Never put frozen fish in hot oil; it will splatter and could overflow.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of a fire.

About the Author

Based in New England, Quinn Marshall began her writing career in 2004. She was a featured writer for Laptop Logic and contributes to publications such as "Smashing Magazine."