How to Make Donuts Without a Deep Fryer

By Heather Denkmire

Making donuts doesn't require a deep fryer. With some careful monitoring, using a pot or wok of hot oil works just as well as deep fryer machines. No matter which method you choose, making these sweet treats at home can be a fun activity with a delicious reward at the end.

Tasty donuts are easy to make at home without a deep fryer.

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Saucepan, Skillet or Wok

Step 1

Prepare the donut batter (see resources for recipes).

Step 2

Cut donut shapes, removing centers. Add centers back to the dough or keep to make a batch of "donut holes."

Step 3

Heat about two quarts of vegetable oil in a large saucepan, cast iron skillet or wok.

Step 4

Line a tray or pan with paper towels.

Step 5

Using a candy thermometer to check the temperature, heat on high until the oil reaches 350 degrees F.

Step 6

Add donuts to the oil. Cook on one side, about two or three minutes. Turn the donuts over and cook for another two or three minutes.

Step 7

Remove donuts from the hot oil using tongs; let cool on paper towels for about five minutes.

Having fun with homemade donuts includes getting creative with toppings.

Step 8

Apply toppings such as powdered or other sugar, glazes and chocolate.


Step 9

Prepare yeast-based donut dough (see resources for recipes).

Step 10

After the first rising of the dough, cut circles of dough without removing the centers.

Step 11

Transfer the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and stamp out the smaller inner circles using a smaller cutter. Removing the inner holes earlier will distort the donuts when you move them to the pan.

Step 12

Cover with a clean cloth and let rise another 45 minutes.

Step 13

Bake at 375 degrees F until the bottoms are golden, about eight to 10 minutes.

Step 14

Remove the donuts from the oven and let cool very briefly. While they are still warm, dunk in a bowl of melted butter and toss with sugar or other toppings.