How to Flip Food




Introduction: How to Flip Food

About: I enjoy photography, horticulture and carpentry, and am almost always doing something relating to of those things.

We see it all the time on tv, and at restaurants. The cooks and chefs have no need for a spatula, after all, they can just flip what ever they have in the pan, by throwing it in the air. Well, in this instructable, i'll help you learn to do it.

In foods class, they told us we could learn by practicing with a piece of toast. That is how i'm going to show you. I've never tried it, but, my dad said that he learned (at the Culinary Institute of America) with frozen peas.

Step 1: What You Need

Well, to learn how to do this, you will need:

One pan
One piece of bread
A toaster that doesn't want it's picture taken
and food you actually want to eat (like veggies)

Step 2: Toast Your Bread

The bread won't slide very well if it's not toasted, so pop it in, and wait.

Step 3: The Technique

Now that you've got your toast, you're ready to flip. First, get the rhythm going. Shake the bread back and forth a little, get a feel for how it moves. When you're ready, make a final push forward of the pan, while tilting up. During this move, you will make a circular motion with the pan:

You push forward, tilt up, bring the pan up a bit, and then pull back (as you catch the toast). Just keep trying this until you get it down, and are able to do it successfully every time. Adjust your technique as you see what happens.

Step 4: Tips for Real Cooking

When you're actually using this in your cooking, here are some tips:

Make sure the pan is greased well enough for your food to slide easily, this will make the flip easier.

When you are just starting, a "fold" is good to try, so you can get used to it, but not ruin the food or get burnt.

If you are doing something like eggs, make sure the egg is solid before trying to flip it.

Sandwiches shouldn't be flipped too much, or they will start to break. They are a good thing to practice with though (grilled cheese)

Step 5: Get Cookin!

I hope this has helped, now you're ready to impress your Special Someone when making a romantic dinner for her = D

Let me know of any suggestions you have, I'd be happy to add them.

Oh yeah, and most of all...HAVE FUN.

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    7 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Good directions, but people might hate on you for the jumpy animated GIFs.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I learned how by flipping my wallet.* The leather had just enough stick to be realistic. It was the right shape, and it was a good weight too. I don't know what prompted me to try my wallet. It was a long time ago.

    It's good to teach people this. It makes so many things much easier. I have no idea how people make omelets when they can't flip. Chopped food you want to have a crust, like hashbrowns, that will break up if you try to flip them with a spatula are great flipped. They keep that solid brown crunchy crust on the outside.

    If whatever you want to flip has produced a lot of liquid, or grease, that you don't need, you can pour it off before flipping. A good flip will also land the fluid back in the pan, but sometimes its better to be safe than sorry.

    *Just realized I should say: (even though it's probably obvious) the pan wasn't heated and it didn't have any oil in it. Just a clean pan and my wallet.

    Here is something that may help: If you are cooking something like hash browns, pancakes, eggs, or a hamburger; and it doesn't slide well, it isn't ready to be flipped. Let it cook a little more, and it will let go of the bottom, and flip easily.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I've always wondered how they do that. Thanks.


    13 years ago on Introduction

    oooh this reminds me I have to make an instructable on how to crack and open an egg one handed.