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Coating wet or moist foods with a dry ingredient such as Flour before cooking. Essentially, Dredging means to drag (dredge) the wet food through the dry food so that the dry food adheres evenly to the moist food. 

Culinary Uses

Dredging is usually done prior to SauteingPan Frying, or Deep Frying or as the first step of the standard Breading procedure.