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How to Fry a Donut in Butter

Updated on November 15, 2015
What's better than a lovely donut? A fried donut, that's what!
What's better than a lovely donut? A fried donut, that's what!

To Fry or not to Fry

What do you do with a stale box of glazed donuts? You could stick them in the microwave for a quick warm up, but there's a better way to rev up those crusty creations ... fry them in butter! They are so good -- you won't want another microwaved donut once you taste this. It's typically a breakfast treat, but you can fry a donut anytime of day.

I'm not sure if this delicacy is known outside of Tennessee - or even outside of East Tennessee. It's something I grew up with and my family is originally from Southwest Virginia, so maybe it started there. It could have been something my mom came up with to salvage old donuts. Whatever it's beginnings, this is a scrumptious treat!

Coming up: simple directions for making a luscious, yummy, buttery fried donut. It's not hard - so come on, grab your box of leftover donuts, a skillet and the butter.

It's easy to fry a donut. Go ahead and give it a try.
It's easy to fry a donut. Go ahead and give it a try.

Butter, Butter. Butter

First, you have to forget the diet, put away your healthy recipes, take a break from counting every calorie and take a walk on the buttery side. The best donut is one that's soft and hot off the line, but the next best thing (actually, I think you'll agree that this is right up there with a flaming hot one) is a donut fried golden brown in a pool of butter. It's truly one of life's greatest culinary pleasures!

Specialized cooking equipment is not needed. You can use any type of skillet -- non-stick, aluminum, cast iron -- any will work. So it depends on your personal preference.

You can use either real butter, which is probably the best, or the healthier stuff like Smart Balance. Margarine will work too -- as long as it's in the butter family. That's the cool thing about this recipe, all you need are the donuts, butter, a pan to fry in and a stove.

Sizzle sizzle. Goodness awaits!
Sizzle sizzle. Goodness awaits!

Let's Get to It

You have everything you need to successfully fry your donut. Now all you have to do is heat up the stove and get on with it.

Put your pan on the burner and turn the heat to medium -- you don't want it to get too hot and risk burning. Add butter to the pan. This is where you can choose how much to use -- but you don't want to get too much. Use about a tablespoon full per donut to start with. If you need more butter, you can easily add it.

Once the butter has sufficiently melted, add a donut or two to your pan. If you're frying more than one, you'll need a skillet big enough or just grill one at a time. Let it fry just enough to brown on each side. A scorched donut is no good. Put it on a paper towel to drain. I keep mine on the stove top to keep them nice and warm if I fry several.

Great Cookware to Try!

You will want good cookware to prepare all your recipes -- after all, you want to give your family the best! Cast iron will make everything turn out great -- time after time.

Lodge Logic L5SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 8-Inch Skillet
Lodge Logic L5SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron 8-Inch Skillet

Cast iron cooking just feels right for down home cooking!

 
Want a bite?
Want a bite?

Time to Eat!

Dig in and Enjoy

The donuts are fried, now it's time to eat while they're still warm. There's no need to add anything else, just take a bite and let it linger in your mouth... the buttery goodness fills your senses. This is heaven on earth in the form of fried dough. Don't be shy - dive in. Have more than just one!

Toppings are optional. I've never added anything to my fried donut, but you could dream up some cool things to go with it. How about some chocolate syrup? Make it into a dessert with some ice cream added on top!

You get to choose, so enjoy that donut! The brand doesn't matter -- here, Krispy Kreme is a favorite. The important thing is that you don't let a perfectly good donut go to waste.

Would you try it?

One little donut won't hurt.
One little donut won't hurt.

I'm curious -- if you've never tried a donut grilled in butter -- would you give it a try? How bad could it be - sweet, yummy donuts and butter?!

Would you try a fried donut?

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      Katrena 3 months ago

      I'm from Eastern KY and grew up eating this. I wonder if it's a regional thing?

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      Connie Clyburn 3 years ago

      These are good, good, good! Thanks for your comment! My family roots are in Virginia (Big Stone Gap and Ft. Blackmore), by the way.

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      Mamawof8 3 years ago

      I first tried these at the Va-Ky district fair in Wise County, VA a loooong time ago and have loved them ever since- thanks for posting this!

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      Connie Clyburn 3 years ago

      smine27 - thanks for your comment! I hope to continue improving my photos to be the quality that yours are!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh what a lovely way to make donuts even yummiest! Love!

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      Connie Clyburn 3 years ago

      @rkhayles: rkhayles -- that sounds wonderful!! Will definitely try it! Thanks for your comment.

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      rkhayles 3 years ago

      Next time, try splitting them horizontally, so you have two rings, and then fry both pieces in butter - even BETTER!!!

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      Connie Clyburn 3 years ago

      @smine27: Smine27 - - thanks for your comment -- the donuts are soooo good!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Oh gosh, I have got to try this once although it sounds so decadent. But like you said, one won't hurt. :)

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      Connie Clyburn 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Hi Susan52 -- they are wonderful! I grew up eating them - back then I didn't realize no one else fried them in butter! ha ha

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      A fried-in-butter Krispy Kreme donut? Oh, my, that must taste like heaven on earth! I was born in West Virginia, so not too far from you, but I've never heard of frying a donut in butter until now. My mouth is watering - I'll definitely have to try this!

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      Connie Clyburn 4 years ago

      @DebW07: One donut won't hurt! ha ha!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      I am going to try this but I don't think I should make it a habit. Thanks for the info!

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      Connie Clyburn 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Kepha1979 - you will love the donuts! Thanks for stopping by!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      "This is heaven on earth in the form of fried dough"-I love that quote, lol. I'll need to try this!!