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Always add the oil first, than turn on the heat, so you gently heat the oil up. If it starts to get wisps of faint white smoke you know it's as hot as it should be. So at this point you should put the food in ensuring it's patted dry and does not have moisture on the surface of the food before putting it in the oil. You may want to turn the heat down a bit at this point. Different oils have different smoke points, vegetable oil and peanut oil are two of the highest. Keep a box of baking soda on hand, if you should get flames again, douse them with baking soda.