How To Clean Deep Fat Fryer- 15 Easy Steps?

How To Clean Deep Fat Fryer- 15 Easy Steps There is nothing interesting like an extra crispy piece of fried food.Right? Basically, deep fat frying is one of the most common processes used for food preparation and is widely used by consumers. Deep fat frying is widely used as a fast and convenient cooking method where food is immersed in hot oil, typically between temperatures of 350 degree F to 375 degree F. Many foods are deep fried and cultures surrounding deep frying have developed, most notably in the Southern United State and United Kingdom where many events and records are held relating to deep frying food. Isn’t it interesting! Deep fryers generally have a basket to lower the food into the oil tank and raise it when the food has finished cooking As any experienced fryer will tell you, a clean deep fat fryer is crucial to producing great tasting food items again and again. If fryers are not cleaned regularly then you not only run the risk of compromising the quality of your oil but also the taste of your food. So, would you like to compromise with the quality of your food? Of course, Anyone among us will have the same answer ‘No’. Our kitchen appliances work hard for us and cleaning and caring for them means our food will taste better and they will last us longer. Cleaning a grease fryer can sometimes be a real annoyance? Yes sure! because some oily stains simply won’t be removed no matter how hard you try. Don’t get frustrated because there is a solution for that! The safest way to clean the deep fat fryer is to disassemble and hand wash non-electrical components in hot soapy water with the dishwasher and even use vinegar or baking soda to remove old stains. If you are planning to clean a deep fat fryer make sure you have proper tools in hand. While there are a wide variety of cleaning tools in the market, but items that I used to clean deep fat fryer include

  • Soft Sponge
  • Plastic Spatula
  • Sealed Container for Oil Storage
  • Plastic Bowl
  • Water
  • Dishwash Liquid Soap
  • Kitchen Towel

Few others items that can be used, but are optional

  • Baking Soda ( to get rid of grease)
  • Vinegar ( to get rid of grease)
  • Gloves ( to protect your skin)

Step by Step Cleaning of Deep Fat Fryer

Unplug and cool down

Turn off and unplug the deep fat fryer, if the fryer has recently been in use, make sure to leave it for enough time ( say one to two hour) so that appliances and the hot oil kept in a deep fat fryer cool down completely before starting the cleaning process. Trying to drain the oil while it’s still hot is unnecessarily dangerous. It can take hours for the fryer and oil to cool, so be patient.

Drain the oil

Once the oil gets cooled, remove the oil from the deep fat fryer. If you plan to use the oil again, keep the oil in the safe container with a sealed lid and store it in a cool place. If the coil has become rancid i.e. typically smells or has a change in colour; make sure to dispose of it by pouring it into a disposal bag. When it comes to pouring oil from the fryer make sure to place a container or bag in the sink to avoid oil drops on the countertop.

Cover power cable

For extra safety, wrap the power cable in several kitchen towels or dry cloth to protect it against water spillage while cleaning. If the power cables are not covered during cleaning it can further lead to electric shock. Before the new or filtered oil is added back to the fryer, use a long-handled fryer scrubbing brush to remove bits of food from the coils. This keeps the heating element effective and limits burned food particles in your oil.

Disassemble the fryer

Start with the fryer basket, lift out the frying basket and place on the one side. Put two or three drops of liquid dish soap around the basket and allow it to soak.

Clean particles from inside the fryer

Use a plastic spatula or similar tools to scrape the sides and bottom surfaces to remove the food particles.Use a toothbrush to remove food particles from tight crevices.Carefully dispose of all this waste in a trash can.

Clean the inside surface with soap

For the deep fryer this is particularly oily, use a kitchen towel to clean and soak up the most oil residue on the inner surface. You can even keep the several towers inside the fryer and leave them to show up more of the oil. Continue to repeat this process until the kitchen towel soaks all the oil. Now it is possible to start cleaning the deep fryer.

Prepare a solution

Prepare a cleaning solution consisting of warm water and 7-8 drops of dishwashing soap or grease dissolving dish detergent. Fill a plastic bowl with the solution and place next to the fryer while cleaning.

Use of soft sponge with dish soap

Rub the cleaning agent around the inside to completely both the sides and bottom surface Squeeze 4 to 6 drops of dish soap into the oil deep fryer. Start rubbing on the bottom of the fryer and scrub in the circle to create a lather. Continue your way up each side scrubbing in a circular motion.

Fill the deep fat fryer with hot water

Once the inner surface of the deep fryer has received a good scrub, use the kitchen faucet to fill the appliance with extremely hot water upto the mark of the normal oil limit. Leave the fryer to sit for about 25 to 30 minutes to further help remove remaining oil residue. While the fryer is left to soak it is a good time to wash the frying basket and filter.

Run warm water over frying basket

Clean the frying basket under the hot running water and use a scrubber brush to remove the oily residue and food particles. Use a back-and-forth scrubbing motion to scour while running warm water over the basket. Continue to scrub until the basket no longer feels oily or greasy.

Clean or replace dirty filters

Filters can be easily cleaned with high pressurized water and gentle scrubbing motion. Clean or replace dirty filters on the fryer lid. If possible check the manufacturer’s instructions to see if your filter is removable and whether you can clean them. Foam grease filters can be washed in hot soapy water and left to dry. If filters are not removable you can use damp clothes with a little detergent to remove the oil.

Give fryer pot a final wash

Once the water has been sitting in the fryer pot for 30 minutes, pour half of it into the sink. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe the sides and bottom with the remaining water. Pour out the water once it is completely done. If the water contains a large quantity of oil pour the water in the container instead of pouring down in the sink.

Use vinegar or baking powder solution if oil remains

If the inside of the deep fryer is still slightly oily even after cleaning with the Soapy water, it is possible to use vinegar water solution or baking soda water paste to give the inner surface a final cleaning.

Rinse the cooking pot

Give a deep fryer of final rinse using fresh water. Continue to add and remove fresh water, add water and swish it around with your hands to remove the remaining soap. Pour the water into the sink and repeat this step until the last of the soap residue is completely.

Let it dry completely

Ensure that all of the cleaning products have been removed before drying with a soft towel. Let the inside and outside surface of the deep fat fryer get dry before using it again. You can even use a kitchen towel or a soft cloth to dry the outside of the deep fryer, but let the inside air dry.

Warming and Tips to kept in Mind

  • Do not leave a deep fat fryer plugged into the electrical outlet while you clean it.
  • Let the deep fat fryer dry completely before reassembling because if there is water in appliances it can cause electric shock and even damage to the appliances.
  • Never pour oil directly down in the sink. Put used oil into a container such as tin can for storing or discarding.
  • Never immersed the whole appliance in the water.


  • Be very cautious when using vinegar. Some deep fryers have copper components that will oxidize with even small amounts of vinegar.

TOP TIP – Always check your oil. If you notice that your frying oil has darkened in colour, changed consistency or developed an off-odour, it’s probably time to change it. It is essential you give it the tender loving care it needs. If you follow these cleaning steps after each use, you can expect your fryer to last a long time! Wish you Happy Cleaning!

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