No-Fry Crispy Recipes

Want that crispy fried texture without the fat? We made all of your favorite fried recipes without the deep-fat fryer (including onion rings!) and still kept the crisp-outside, tender-inside flavor you love.
  • "Fried" Onion Rings

    Using panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs) and a little Cajun seasoning, these baked onion rings are far lower in fat than the originals and are low in carbs.

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  • Coconut Shrimp with Mango Rice Pilaf

    We made this restaurant favorite healthier by baking instead of frying. The crispy coating is a yummy mixture of crushed wheat crackers, coconut, ground ginger, and black pepper.

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  • Crisp Chicken Parmesan

    The crispy outside of this chicken Parmesan comes from a flavorful mix of garlic, crushed bran cereal flakes (really!), grated Parmesan cheese, and dried Italian seasoning. Baking instead of frying cuts the fat significantly.

    Tip: Get in the habit of routinely using hearty multigrain or whole grain pasta. Its high fiber content makes it a healthful choice for any pasta dish.

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  • Light and Crisp Egg Rolls

    If you thought egg rolls were hard to make, take a look at this recipe. It whips together in just a few minutes, and our Test Kitchen raved about the results. To keep that crunchy exterior, we sprayed the egg roll wrappers with nonstick cooking spray and baked them in a 450-degree oven.

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  • Oven-Roasted Fries

    Potatoes don't need to be deep fried to taste delicious. These oven-roasted fries are the perfect addition to any turkey burger to make a yummy and satisfying diabetic-friendly meal.

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  • Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts

    You don't have to forgo fried chicken just because you're following a diabetic meal plan. This recipe crisps chicken in the oven rather than in a skillet or deep-fat fryer, cutting down on calories and fat. That crunchy coating comes courtesy of crushed cornflakes, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika.

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  • Crab Cakes with Spring Green Salad

    Light mayonnaise and an egg white keep these crab cakes low in fat and calories, while whole wheat bread crumbs give them a satisfying crunch. Served warm atop a bed of greens and tomato tossed with Lime Dressing, they are simply extraordinary.

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  • Trout Amandine

    Baking in a hot oven, rather than frying, turns these buttermilk- and crumb-coated cod fillets crispy and golden.

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  • Tandoori Chicken Wings

    This delectable, traditional dish has a signature deep red color (from tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, and a little red food coloring) and a tantalizing flavor. With this recipe for spicy chicken wings, you can enjoy the Indian classic on your buffet.

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  • Crispy Cheese Chips

    Layer wonton wrappers with garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese for chips that provide big flavor and limited fat. Look for wonton wrappers in the refrigerated area of the produce section.

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  • Polynesian Glazed Chicken Wings

    You'll enjoy serving these succulent and delicious wings at your next party. The recipe starts with chicken wing drummettes, which you'll find in the freezer section of the supermarket.

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  • Chicken-"Fried" Steak with Spiced Gravy

    Stop into just about any diner in the South or Midwest and you're sure to find chicken-fried steak on the menu. This baked version lets you enjoy all the great flavor of the traditional favorite without all of the fat and calories.

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