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20+ Fried Donut Recipes That Taste Store Bought

Fried donuts just taste better! Whether you like to deep fry or air fry your donuts, you will find a new favorite recipe here in this collection of 20+ fried donut recipes.

Fried Donut Recipes

There is nothing like a freshly made donut from a bakery. Or is there? Homemade fried donuts can definitely compete with Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts.

You just need an awesome recipe and know how to fry them! No need to leave the house, so keep on your pajamas and get ready to fry up some donuts.

Frequently asked questions about fried donuts:

What is the difference between oil fried donuts and air fried donuts?

Obviously, using oil to fry a donut is going to be different than using an air fryer. But how are they different?

  • Color: oil fried donuts are darker
  • Size: oil fried donuts will be larger and less dense than air fryer donuts
  • Taste: oil fried donuts will be closer to bakery made donuts in taste but air fryer donuts are still pretty tasty

So why would you use an air fryer? Health and clean up; air frying is healthier than oil frying and less messy.

What oil should donuts be fried in?

There are four things you will want to consider when choosing the oil you use to fry your donuts:

  • Availability: see what you have on hand or what is available at your grocery store. The most commonly found oils are vegetable, olive, canola, avocado, corn, coconut, peanut, sesame, and grapeseed.
  • Smoking point: you will want one that has a smoking point of at least 400°F. This would narrow down the list to vegetable, canola, peanut, and corn.
  • Taste: you will want a more neutral taste. You probably don’t want your donuts tasting like peanuts or corn.
  • Cost: you are going to use a lot of oil, so cost is definitely a factor. Vegetable and canola oil are pretty much the same price. If you have one at home already, use that one.

Wondering what oil Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts use? Krispy Kreme has said that it uses a combination of oils that don’t have trans fat. Although Dunkin Donuts hasn’t said what they use, you can bet that they use a combination as well.

Can you reuse oil after frying donuts?

The short answer is yes. However, you will want to make sure that you store it properly and discard it if it has a strange odor, is cloudy or there is a foam on top of the oil. To store it, let it cool, remove large pieces of food and then pour it into a strainer lined with a couple of pieces of cheesecloth.

If you fry on a regular basis, you may want to look into recycling your frying oil. Find out how and where.

Now to the good stuff – the recipes! Scroll down and check out these 20 fried donut recipes I found for you.

Fried Donut Recipes

Fried donuts just taste better! Whether you like to deep fry or air fry your donuts, you will find a new favorite recipe here in this collection of over 20 fried donut recipes.

Oil Fried Donuts

Air Fryer Donuts

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