What is the difference between to fry and to braise. According to the internet, both means cooking something in oil without soaking in it.

I watched different videos on youtube using these words but it seems like they do the same thing .For example fry pan steak and braised steak.

  • Doesn't braising involve a secondary stewing phase which frying does not?
    – TimR
    Commented Aug 27, 2015 at 14:39

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Frying is cooking by immersion in oil—either total immersion, or partial immersion on each side.

Braising is a two-stage process: the food is first either seared in a dry pan or browned in a little oil, and then cooked slowly in a simmering aqueous (non-fat) liquid.

  • But there are lots of kind of frying: "deep fry", "flash fry", "pan fry", "shallow fry", "stir fry" and not all involve immersion. Well I suppose "partial immersion" might cover that (-: Still these different frying techniques and terms may be useful for people interested in this question. Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 3:06

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