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Really confused about health of pan frying

Adelphos33 | Sep 24, 201307:03 AM     100

Hi - the past month or so, I have determined I need to cook more at home to be a bit healthier. It is working so far (shedding pounds and saving money), but I want to make sure I am not cooking unhealthy...

I basically "pan fry" or "sear" or "sauté" all my proteins in either olive or grape seed oil (I will cook some poultry on an indoor foreman like grill with no oil). This includes fish (salmon, halibut, cod), chicken (skinless breasts), beef (grass fed burgers or steak), etc.

Everyone says frying is bad. But I googled some baked fish recipies, and all of them say "brush the fish with a teaspoon of olive oil." How is this different than pan searing fish with a tablespoon of olive oil (with half of it left over)? FWIW I never use any kind of breading on any meat I cook and I don't use any salt. Sometimes with fish I will add some lemon juice and unsalted butter for a quick sauce, but that's about it.

Am I really eating seriously unhealthy by cooking in a pan with oil? How healthy or unhealthy is this cooking method? Sites that warn against "frying" always seem to assume you are deep frying with breading.

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