Guess What: You Can Deep Fry Water

Not that I would ever want to encourage anyone from trying it at home, but you probably could up the safe factor with a fry screen and keeping the pot covered the entire time.  That would be slightly safer…

18 grams of water (a little over a tablespoon) will expand to 22.4 liters of volume when turned to steam, and it will happen really fast. So if that little ball thing leaks, the resulting steam will probably blow the top off your frying vessel and cause the oil to boil over, exposing it to the naked flame beneath or testing the circuit breaker in your electric appliance. You probably won’t have hot oil flying at your face and you might not have an oil fire, but at the very least you will have a very big mess to clean up.