What Happens When You Put Ice In a Deep Fryer (Fast Answer)

As we all humans know, deep-fried food is tasty, good-smelling, and we crave it from time to time. However, there are some things that you just shouldn’t put in a deep fryer in any circumstances. Ice being on the top of the list!

This article will teach you what will happen when you put ice in a deep fryer, why that happens, what happens, and some additional things about deep-frying! But first, what happens when you put ice in a deep fryer?

When you put ice in a deep fryer, it will result in a fierce reaction because the temperature differences are so extreme and the pressure is so high because of the lack of space, and the other substance needs to overcome the other. In the worst scenario, it can even result in fiery explosions.

As we can all agree, it’s not a good idea to put ice in a deep fryer, and you shouldn’t try it whether you are at work or home.

Now, let’s look at what happens when you use different kinds of ice in the deep fryer. There are some differences in what kind of ice you use. Let’s get started!

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What happens if regular ice gets into the deep fryer

The boiling point of water is 212°F (100°C), and the regular deep fryer oil is often around 375°F (190°C), and if that temperature difference isn’t enough, ice’s freezing point is 32°F (0°C); therefore, the temperature difference is 343°F so that even sounds like chaos.

When you mix 2 substances in a small space that is a deep fryer, the pressure will be extremely high when the two substances meet. This is because the oil will immediately react with the ice by transferring tremendous amounts of heat, and this will cause cold steam.

Depending on how much ice you would put in the deep fryer will greatly impact how severe the reaction will be. The chances are that if you put only one ice cube in there, it won’t be super bad; however, if you put 20, then the reaction would be massive. Check out the extreme video about the reaction of ice cubes with deep-frying oil.

What happens if dry ice cube gets into the deep fryer

Now, you would think that dry ice that is -109°F (-78°C) would blow up the whole are when mixed with hot oil that is 375°F (190°C). Well, that is nearly a 400°F difference, so I don’t blame you for thinking that. However, weirdly so, dry ice won’t make such a big reaction as regular ice.

This is because dry ice isn’t water. It is actually carbon dioxide made as solid and the normal form of carbon dioxide is gas.

If you put dry ice in the deep fryer, there is a noticeable reaction, but it resembles more like deep frying some nuggets than the massive reaction if you put ice cubes into the oil. In this case, if you put a lot of dry ice into the deep fryer, the reaction might be way bigger.

See a video about deep frying dry ice below. Even when the quantities between the ice cube video and dry ice are totally different, you can get a general idea that dry ice wouldn’t make such a big reaction.

Why does ice explode in a deep fryer

When the boiling point of water is 212°F and the smoking point of canola frying oil is 401°F, the ice will quickly react to such high temperatures. It may cause an explosion because of the severe temperature differences. Adding that ice’s freezing temperature is 32°F which will widen the temperature gap.

The severe reaction can be explained through physics. Think about it; 3 forms of water are solid(Ice), liquid(water), and gas(vapor).

When you put an ice cube into extremely high heated oil, the ice cube first transfers from solid to liquid and immediately after into vapor. In addition, there isn’t much space in the deep fryer which won’t allow much space for the reaction; therefore, it will react the way it does.

Can I deep fry frozen foods

You can deep-fried frozen foods, and in restaurants, nearly all finger foods are deep-fried from a solid state, such as chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and more. However, there are foods that you shouldn’t deep fry, such as a frozen turkey. This is because of its size and ability to hold water.

Don’t believe me, check out the video below and if you had intentions to deep fry turkey, don’t.

What happens when you put water in a deep fryer

If you put water into a deep fryer filled with hot oil, it will start to evaporate as fast as possible, creating a massive reaction, depending on how much water you pour in there. If you can see a reaction and sizzling when you put a frozen onion ring from the water content, pure liquid water will be far worse.

Can you put water in a deep fryer to clean it

After draining the oil and wiping the worst grime off, a deep fryer is filled with water to clean it properly. This is called the boil-out method. So you can definitely use water to clean a deep fryer, and you should. Be sure to do it the right way using the right supplies.

I have a great article about fixing a deep fryer, and I have included comprehensive instructions about cleaning a deep fryer properly. I advise you to check it out if you don’t know how to do it correctly.

Can you deep fry water

You just learned the chaotic reasons for pouring water into a deep fryer, but you hear me saying that you can, in fact, deep fry water. You must be thinking that I’m out of my mind, but I’m not, and I’ll explain why.

You can prepare water into an edible dish by making the water solid by using gelatin or agar agar powder, breading it, and deep-frying it. By any means, this is safe, and it could potentially be unsafe. However, if you want to try this home with safety in mind, check out the recipe below!

Deep-fried water recipe

What you’ll need.


  1. Mix 1 cup of water and 1tsp of agar agar powder.
  2. Boil the mixture for 1minute.
  3. Pour the mixture into a silicone mold and place it into a fridge for 2hours or when it’s jello-like.
  4. Take out the water and bread it in flour, eggs, and panko bread crumbs. Repeat the process 2 times.
  5. Check that the breading doesn’t have leaks; if it does, make a third layer.
  6. Deep fry at 375ºF (190°C) until the breading is golden colored.
  7. Let it cool off and enjoy your delicacy…

Also, here’s a video about the process if you need some visual learning.

What does deep fried water taste like

If it comes to you as a surprise, deep-fried water tastes like water. You break the deep-fried crust; you have optimistic thoughts about it because who doesn’t like deep-fried food. However, when you break the crust and taste the tasteless water jello, it isn’t good.


In conclusion, it is safe to say that putting ice, water, or anything similar into a deep fryer isn’t never a good idea except when you are cleaning one. I hope that this answer gave you answers and you now know to put behind your experimental mind and look at something safer!

Omar Abdalla

I’m the owner of JRS and while I love working in a busy restaurant, I also enjoy more peaceful and relaxed cookouts at home.

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