How To Deep-Fry a Turkey

We are pretty sure that there are still some people out there who haven’t taken it upon themselves to deep-fry their Thanksgiving turkey, so we make it easy for you. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide and more!

You don’t have to worry about any weird foods here! Deep-fried Twinkies and even butter may be a bit much for some people, but the deep-fried turkey is truly delicious and becomes more and more popular every Thanksgiving. Deep-frying your turkey results in a juicy and tender holiday bird. Try something different (but not too unusual) this year; you won’t be disappointed!

•    3 gallons peanut oil for frying, or as needed
•    One (12 lb.) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
•    1/4 C. Creole seasoning (try this recipe or buy some from the store)
•    1 white onion

1. In a large stockpot or turkey fryer, heat oil to 400 degrees. Be sure to leave room for the turkey, or the oil will spill over.

2. Layer a large platter with food-safe paper bags.

3. Rinse turkey and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Rub Creole seasoning over turkey inside and out. Make sure the hole at the neck is open at least 2 inches so the oil can flow freely through the bird.

4. Place the whole onion and turkey in drain basket. The turkey should be placed in basket neck end first. Slowly lower basket into hot oil to completely cover turkey.

5. Maintain the temperature of the oil at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and cook turkey for 3 1/2 minutes per pound, about 45 minutes.

6. Carefully remove basket from oil and drain turkey. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh; the internal temperature must be 180 degrees. Finish draining turkey on the prepared platter.

Looking for more great ways to stuff your bird or roast it to perfection? Take a look at these terrific recipe options!
Turkey and Stuffing Casserole
Perfect Turkey
Roast Turkey
Turkey Rajah
Stuffed Turkey
Savory Roasted Turkey

How do you like to cook your turkey? Do you use any special seasonings or tricks? Let us in on the secrets in the COMMENTS!

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  • Rebecca

    I usually cook my turkey in the oven. I have been starting to cook the stuffing in the turkey, which actually makes the stuffing taste so much better! My grandpa bought a deep fryer though once for turkey, but hasn’t used it since.

  • Sarah

    Great tips. Thanks!

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