How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Turkey is a traditional holiday meal staple, but who wants to wait around all day for the bird to cook? Roasting is always a standby, but a lot of the problems that roasting presents--like soggy skin and dry meat--are solved with a fryer practically without trying. Next time it's your turn to prepare the main bird, why not try a new method of preparation? Learning how to deep fry a turkey is easy, and it takes only a fraction of the time that conventional roasting does--but the real bonus is in the finished product. Because a deep fried turkey cooks faster, it remains tender and juicy while the skin turns deliciously crispy in the hot oil. Though deep frying can increase the resulting fat content, the flavorful nature of a deep fried turkey coupled with its reduced cooking time make it the perfect choice for a special occasion indulgence. When you know how to fry a turkey, you know how to create a beautifully scrumptious holiday main course in a fraction of the time as traditional roasting. When you get more comfortable with how to deep fry a turkey, you can try a variety of different rubs, marinades and other flavor-boosting techniques. This standard recipe is a good one to start with.
Hi, I'm Kristina for, and today I'm gonna show you how to deep fry a turkey. It's not just for Thanksgiving anymore. So here's what you'll need: 2 teaspoons of dried oregano, 2 teaspoons of dried basil, a teaspoon of dried parsley, and then 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper, then inside the fryer, I have between 2 and 4 gallons of peanut oil, depending on how big your turkey fryer is, and, of course, the turkey. This one is about 11 pounds, good to up to about 13 pounds. I'm gonna start by making a rub that will go underneath the skin of the turkey. Just take your oregano and the basil and parsley and then a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of pepper. Here we have our turkey. I've already removed the neck and the giblets. Now, the most important part is you need to pat it completely dry. Any moisture that's in there, when it hits the oil, it's gonna splatter, so get all of the outside and pat dry the inside. Now, we have our rub, and if you loosen the skin a little bit, you can take some of this rub...and...get it underneath the skin. That gets all the flavor on the meat and not disappear when you go to deep fry it. So, now, take the turkey and place it in the fryer basket. Get it all cozy in there, tuck in the legs nice and tight. Now we're ready to deep fry. The oil has been heated to 375 degrees. This is the fun part. Be very careful, as I will try to be. Lift it up. Now, you're gonna wanna lower it in nice and slowly. You'll hear it. You hear that? You wanna do it nice and slow so the oil fills up the cavity. Stand back. There you go. Close the lid. Forty-five minutes later, turkey's done. It's been 45 minutes and, believe it or not, an entire turkey is done. Let's get this out of here. Oh, this looks good. This is looking good. Slowly pull it out, let all that oil drain out, and there you go. Turkey's done, let's take it out of the basket. Put it on your serving platter. Just let the turkey rest. You want all those juices to calm down and then you can slice it and serve, and there you have it, in under an hour, turkey is done, and that's how you deep fry a turkey. Thanks for watching. For more great recipes and savings, visit us at

What You'll Need

  • 2   teaspoons dried oregano

  • 2   teaspoons dried basil

  • 1   teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1   teaspoon salt

  • 1   teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1  13  pound turkey

  • 3 - 4   gallons peanut oil

  •  Garnish: fresh parsley and sage

Step By Step

In a small bowl, combined oregano, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper; set aside.
Remove giblets and neck from turkey. Remove plastic ring holding legs together and pop-up timer. Rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry. Loosen skin from breast, but do not detach it. Carefully rub spice mixture under skin. Let stand fo 30 minutes before frying.
Heat peanut oil in propane turkey fryer to 375 degrees over medium-low flame, following manufacturer's instructions. Place turkey in the fryer basket. Carefully lower basket into hot oil. Temperature should fall and remain at 325 degrees.
Cook for approximately 45 minutes (3-1/2 minutes per pound at 325 degrees). Slowly remove basket from oil. Drain and cool slightly before slicing.
Garnish with fresh parsley and sage, if desired.

No more fussing with paper bags and turkey basters! Once you realize how easy it is to learn how to deep fry a turkey, you'll want to show all your friends. You might not even want to wait for the next holiday season for a chance to fire up your fryer.
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