How to Clean A Dirty Fish Fryer

Fish fryers have a habit of getting really messed up after a good long fish fry.  There's grease and food particles stuck to everything and I've tried different methods for getting things at least tolerably clean without wasting an hour to do it.  This method takes about 10 minutes, and even less if you've kept your fryer clean. These instructions are tailored for an Electric Fish Fryer, but they work good on a stove top frier too.

  • Unplug the fish fryer and allow the oil inside to cool completely.
  • Put the plug in your sink and turn on the hot water. Squeeze a few drops of dish soap into the stream of running water.
  • Remove the fish frying basket from the main body of the fryer and lift the basket from the inside of the fryer to allow the oil to run back down inside.
  • Immerse the fish frying basket in the hot, soapy water in the sink. Let it soak for at least 15 minutes.
  • Pour the oil that's still in the fish fryer into an empty aluminum can and discard it.
  • Scrape the interior of your fish fryer with something that won't scratch it to remove any bits of food that are stuck to the sides and bottom. Discard the food bits.
  • Dip a clean dishrag into the hot, soapy water and squeeze out the excess.
  • Wipe the outside of the fish fryer clean with your wet rag.
  • Squeeze four drops of dish soap into the bottom of the fish fryer. Squeeze four more drops down each side of the fish fryer. Spread the soap all over the insides with your hands to start cutting through the splattered oil. Let it set for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Use the dishrag to clean the outside of the fryer, rubbing in a circular motion. Rinse out the dishrag and wipe the sides again to remove the suds. Rinse the rag regularly until the sides are free of oil and soap.
  • Dip your rag into the hot, soapy water in the sink.  Wring out the excess. Rub the rag in a circular motion around the interior of the fish fryer, creating a lather with the soap that you spread there.
  • Fill the fish fryer with hot water, and let it soak for 30 minutes. Don't over fill and get your electronic components wet!
  • Squeeze two or three drops of dish soap on a scrub brush, and scrub the fish fryer basket in the sink. Remove the particles of food cooked onto the basket by scrubbing small areas at a time.  Using an up-and-down motions works best for me. If needed, drain the sink and refill it with hot water and a few more drops of dish soap until the basket is clean.
  • Rinse the fish fryer basket with hot water, and set it aside to dry.
  • Pour half of the soapy water out of the fish fryer. Use the dishrag and the remaining water to clean the interior of the fryer, rubbing the inner sides and bottom, working on one small area at a time, until all the gunk is removed.  Please make sure that the electrical parts of the fryer do not get soaking wet.
  • Pour the rest of the water out of the fryer, and fill it halfway with clean water. Use your hands to work the clean water around the interior to remove the soapy residue from the sides. Dump the water and refill it, repeating until the interior of the fryer is free of grease and soap.
  • Dry the outside of the fish fryer with a towel and allow the inside to air-dry.