how to deep fry turkey

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Turkey frying made easy

To fry or to roast, that is the question. While most people choose to roast their turkeys for Thanksgiving Day, many would argue that frying is the way to go. It creates a juicy, perfectly browned turkey that oozes with deliciousness. Plus, it’s a heck of a lot more fun than roasting (and dare I say more delicious, if you’re brave enough to try it)!

How to fry a perfect Thanksgiving turkey

Step 1: Prep the turkey

Similar to roasting, completely thaw your turkey before frying. You can thaw it in the fridge for a few days or submerge in cold water until thawed, changing the water every 30 minutes. Once thawed, pat the turkey dry and remove the neck and giblets from the cavity. Season the turkey with your choice of seasonings, such as salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and paprika. Allow the turkey to sit at room temperature for an hour or two before frying.

Step 2: Preheat the fryer

Slowly pour the oil into the deep fryer, making sure not to fill the oil higher than the maximum fill line. While any vegetable oil will work, peanut oil is recommended and tends to work the best when frying turkeys. Preheat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tip: Use your deep fryer outside only and over non-combustible surfaces, such as concrete or brick. Never fry over wood or plastic.

Step 3: Lower the turkey into the oil and fry

Very slowly and carefully, lower the turkey into the preheated oil, doing your best to make sure the turkey is fully submerged (if parts of the turkey aren’t submerged, that’s OK. It will still cook properly). Your turkey should need 3-4 minutes of frying time per pound, so have your timer handy. Once the dark meat reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit and the white meat reaches 170 degrees Fahrenheit, your bird is done.

Step 4: Remove and let cool

As soon as the internal temperatures have been reached, turn the burner off and carefully raise your turkey out from the oil and place onto paper towels to drain. Allow the turkey to rest for 30 minutes before carving. Once carved, enjoy your moist, succulent meat along with your other favorite Thanksgiving sides!

If you’re looking for a unique fried turkey recipe, check out this amazing Deep Fried Sriracha Turkey from Tori Avey!