Mike Pomranz
June 23, 2017

Absolutely everything has gotten the deep fried treatment these days. So what about deep-frying absolutely nothing? That’s essentially what YouTuber Jonathan Marcus achieved when he decided to deep fry water.

If the idea sounds dumb, you’re right, and not just because it’s conceptually silly, but because frying water has the potential to go horribly wrong. As the video description points out, “If water leaks out while the sphere is frying in hot oil, it may explode sending scalding oil everywhere,” meaning this project is “potentially very dangerous.” It’s almost as if oil and water don’t mix!


Still, our bearded culinary adventurer says he pulled off his attempt at deep-frying water on his first try. Though the process used to coagulate the H20 isn’t shown in the clip, he says he used “frozen reverse spherification (calcium alginate membrane)” to create the lump of semi-solid water.

Once he perfected the process, he apparently made a dozen deep fried waters and fittingly served them at the “Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon 2.0” in San Francisco. The deep-fried waters sound like they really lived up to the purpose of the event: According to the organizer, they “don’t taste very good.”

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