Deep Fried Turkey

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Why Deep Fried Turkey?


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There is only one reason to deep fry a turkey: great tasting turkey! Look at the photo below to see a great looking and tasting deep fried turkey.

Deep Fried Turkey

photo by ukanda

Many people claim that deep fried turkey is the only way to cook a turkey, and its the only way to have great tasting turkey.

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How did Deep Frying Turkey Start? 


Here is deep fried turkey history. Around 1900 people in the Bayou area started having deep fried turkeys at gatherings. This probable started as a way to feed many people all at the same time since frying turkey is so fast. Also, fried turkey is fun to watch!

Fried Turkey Gathering

photo by Chic A Pie

Mainly, deep fried turkey was a souther way to cook turkey until 1990. Celebraties like Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse started sharing with there fans around 1990 how to cook deep fried turkey, and and this started a movement all over the US to deep fry turkey. Now, many people has added deep fried turkey to there gatherings.

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Deep Fry Turkey Process


There are many ways to deep fry a turkey. Here is a video on deep frying a turkey. Enjoy!

 In the video they do not show everything, but it shows the process.

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Step by Step How to Deep Fry a Turkey.


People that deep fry a turkey have there favorite recipe and method. Here are step by step directions to making one of the popular cajun deep fried turkey recipes:

  • Prepare Turkey:
    1. Fully thaw a 14 or less turkey (unthawed turkey will create a fire)
    2. Rinse and fully dry turkey with paper towels.
    3. Inject marinade into turkey every two inches. Here is a good injection marinade. Here is a good injection device.
    4. Place turkey in refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove the turkey from the refrigerator before setting up the turkey fryer.
  • Set up turkey fryer.
    1. Set up fryer according to manual.
    2. Place proper amount of oil in fryer container. Follow the fryer manual to determine proper amount of oil in fryer container. (to much oil in fryer will create a fire.)
    3. Heat oil to 350 degrees fahrenheit. (heating over 395 will create a fire)
  • Pat turkey dry with paper towel.
  • Put turkey on turkey holder or in basket. This will depend upon the type of turkey fryer and follow turkey fryer manual.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Carfuly lower turkey into fryer container. Follow the fryer manual instruction on how to lower turkey into fryer oil.
  • Turn on the heat and maitain the tempature at abound 350 degrees fahrenheit by constantly watching the thermometer and adjusting temperature control.
  • Cook turkey for 3.5 minutes per pound
  • Turn of fryer heat off at appropriate time and take turkey out of fryer.
  • With food thermometer, measure internal temperature of turkey. If turkey has an internal tempature of 165 degrees fahrenheit, the turkey is ready. If turkey has an internal tempature of less than 165 degrees fahrenheit, the turkey needs to be placed back into the oil and heated until the internal tempature is 165 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Let turkey set for 10 minutes and carve.

These steps will create wonderful tasting deep fried turkey!!!.

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Enjoy Your Fried Turkey


Following the fried turkey recipe above or one similar, you will have a perfectly cooked turkey just like the fried turkey shown below and ready to be carved.

Carving Fried Turkey

photo by Tobyotter

Wow! Doesn’t the fried turkey look delicious?

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Need a New Turkey Fryer?


If so, here are three of the best turkey fryers for cooking a turkey using oil. Each one will make great tasting fried turkey! Click on the links to learn more about each turkey fryer.

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Bayou Classic 30-quart outdoor turkey fryer for cooking turkeys up to 14 pounds.

Bayou Classic Turkey Fryer 3016

Click here to learn more.

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Bayou Classic 32-quart outdoor turkey fryer for cooking turkeys up to 24 pounds.

Click here to learn more.

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Masterbuilt indoor Butterball electric turkey fryer for cooking turkeys up to 14 pounds.

Click here to learn more.

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11 Responses to Deep Fried Turkey

  1. Eldridge says:

    Many times the articles I find are so difficult to understand, it seems I need a college degree just to understand the writer. Thanks for making the information on your page so easy to understand.

  2. Bella says:

    Timely advice, seeing that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Good post.

  3. Jayden says:

    It’s really great that people are sharing this information.

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