Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Sing with me, friends!

“It’s Fry-Day, Fry-Day, gotta fry things on Fry-Day! Everyone’s frying for the weekend! (weekend!)”

That’s right, not only do I provide delicious dessert recipes, I’m also your one-stop source for dated Rebecca Black references. You’re welcome.

You’re also welcome for this:

Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries |

Just when you thought fresh strawberries couldn’t get any better, they’re dipped in chocolate. And then when you thought they really really couldn’t get any better, they’re battered and deep fried, and served hot and crispy with chocolate sauce. I am so down with Fry-Day.

Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries |

What is a deep fried chocolate-covered strawberry, you might ask? Well, it’s a strawberry that’s been covered in a thick layer of chocolate (duh) then dipped in a pancake-like batter. This batter is thicker than some other fry batters, and contains eggs, so it puffs up when it fries. This means it creates a fluffy layer of sweet dough around the strawberry, and it becomes an integral part of the dessert, rather than just a protective outer shell.

Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries |

The balls are best served warm (but not hot!) so the outside is crisp, the chocolate is fluid, and the strawberries melt into the rest like just-cooked jam. They had enough different flavors and textures going on that I loved eating them plain, but they’d also be good with a side of chocolate sauce for dipping.

Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries |

Apologies to those of you who are curious about what they look like inside—I decided against including a cut-open picture. You know how cooked strawberries go from being vibrant and bold to sort of washed-out and colorless? And their texture goes from looking juicy and inviting to looking like they’ve already been chewed a little? Yeah. Imagine a cross-section of a pale berry, looking like it’s already been licked, surrounded by a layer of melted chocolate, surrounded by fluffy fried dough. The chocolate and the dough were both deliciously inviting, but the cooked berry looked rough. I asked Jason if I should include it anyway, and he shook his head quickly, and visibly blanched. So you’ll just have to use your imagination, and also trust me when I tell you to not bite these in half before you serve them to your guests.

That’s probably not the best note to end on, so….pretend I wasn’t just talking about licked berries, and instead focus on this gorgeous picture below. Fruity, jammy berries, molten chocolate, and crispy sweet dough, all in one small package? Yes yes and yes!

Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries |

And finally, are you all caught up on the Fry-Day fun? If not, here’s what you might have missed:

Deep Fried Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce |

Deep Fried Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce

Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough |

Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
yield: about 25-30 pieces

1 lb strawberries (about 25-30 medium berries—the smaller, the better)
8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer

Wash the strawberries and pat them dry thoroughly. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring until it is smooth and free of lumps. Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip it in the chocolate so that the chocolate covers everything but the stem. Place the strawberry on the baking sheet, and repeat with the remaining strawberries, until they’re all dipped in chocolate. Refrigerate the tray to set the chocolate, for about 20 minutes.

While you wait for the chocolate to harden, prepare the batter: whisk the egg, milk, and oil together in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the liquid ingredients to the drys, and stir just until the lumps disappear and the mixture is smooth.

When the chocolate is set, use a sharp paring knife to remove the stems from the strawberries. Keep the tray of strawberries in the refrigerator, removing a few at a time as you fry them.

Pour the frying oil into a medium saucepan so that it’s 2 inches deep, and insert the candy thermometer. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 370 F (188 C). Once at 370 F, take a chocolate-covered strawberry and dip it in the batter, turning it over with your hands until it’s completely covered. Let excess batter drip back into the bowl, then gently drop it into the oil. Repeat with 3-4 more strawberries, so you’re frying 4-5 at a time.

Fry the strawberries for about 3-4 minutes total, until puffed and golden brown. Mine flipped themselves as they cooked, but monitor them and flip them if necessary so they cook evenly. Remove them from the oil using a frying skimmer or slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries and batter. Watch the temperature of the oil and keep it between 360 F-370 F (182 – 188 C)—remove it from the heat if it gets too hot, or let it warm up in between batches if the temperature drops too much.

These Deep Fried Chocolate Covered Strawberries are best served warm, but not hot, with a side of whipped cream or chocolate sauce.

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25 Responses to Deep Fried Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
  1. Jen says:

    All of your recipes look amazing! I love how unapologetic you are about your love of sugar.

  2. Danguole says:

    I definitely sang that song in my head when you first introduced Fry-Day… But you already knew that, because we’re BRAIN TWINS.

    I love that you are judicious enough to not show us the gory delicious insides!

    P.S. I’ve made biodiesel from oil before (you know, for fun) and never used it, and now I don’t even drive a diesel car anymore. But if I lived closer I’d totally recycle all that for you, and you’d have to keep frying things–for the planet.

    • Elizabeth says:

      One day we’re going to meet, and it’s either going to b e the best thing ever or the worst thing ever, because we are most definitely brain twins of the highest order.

      And I would totally take your recycled oil — Fry Day every day!

  3. I LOVE FRY-DAYS!! Can you please come down south and bring Fry-Days with you??! Not that we need a reason in the south to fry anything. :)

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, shouldn’t you be the frying expert?! We’ll get together and have a frying party–you’ll do savory and I’ll do sweet.

  4. Johlene says:

    How I love reading your posts as they always make me laugh :-) Love the idea of deepfried strawberries.. I´m pretty sure they taste amazing!!

  5. Joanne says:

    I was on a site for milkshakes and found you. You are my new favorite. Deep fried strawberries? Who does that? ME!!!!! I love this site. I cant wait to try EVERYTHING!!!!!!

    • Elizabeth says:

      That is awesome, I’m so glad you found my website! We are obviously sugar twins and it was meant to be. Keep in touch and let me know what you try!

  6. Holy cow…these look so good! They almost want to be a strawberry filled donut…I love these! Of all the unique things I’ve seen deep fried…this is one of the best!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh, good call! And now I’m craving strawberry-filled doughnuts, thankyouverymuch. :) I’ve been having so much fun thinking up things for Fry-Days!

  7. I am NOT GONNA LIE …. I droooooled a little (okay, a lot!!!!!!) This sounds soooo frikkkkin delicious! I wanna make this right away!!!!!

  8. I love your blog. I know we’re like internet acquaintances now, but I have to tell you I love it, and I love knowing there is someone else in the world laughing her ass off whenever people mention ‘quitting sugar’. HAHAHAHAHA. as if.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Ummmm we are not internet acquaintances, we are internet besties, and you had best believe that if I ever make it to Australia I’m crashing on your couch and making waffles in your kitchen. Because that’s how sugar friends roll.

  9. You are the queen of the fryer. Deep fried strawberries? Now we are talking! Almost healthier than deep fried Oreos or Snickers, huh? :) Don’t worry, just the thought of strawberries, chocolate, and batter is sending my tastebuds into overdrive even without the picture. Delicious!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Queen of the fryer–I hope my parents are proud! :) And OBVIOUSLY this is healthier than Oreos or Snickers, hello, it’s FRUIT! This is practically a health food. :)

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  11. Whoa! I never would’ve done this. It’s so insanely mad that it’s brilliant!

    The first though was of how unappetizing it would’ve looked when it was cut open, but I can only imagine how great it tastes.

    Great job! Deep fry all the things!

  12. Katy says:

    I honestly can’t believe you would do that to beautiful fresh strawberries. Covering them in chocolate? SURE. But deep-frying them is just insane.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I was skeptical, too! But, you know, I eat 95% of my fresh strawberries plain…why not experiment with just a few? For fun? And for SCIENCE!
      …okay, no, just for fun…

  13. Kerrie says:

    How long do these keep? Or how far in advance canyou make these for a party? TIA

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Kerrie, Unfortunately this is one of those recipes that’s best enjoyed fresh. I don’t think fried foods in general keep very well, and for this dish you really want the chocolate on the inside to be melty and the outer layer to be crisp. Both of those things will start to change the longer they sit at room temperature. I’d say optimally they should be eaten within 15-20 minutes of making them, but you might be able to push it to an hour after frying if you’re okay with the outer layer getting soft and less crispy.

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