How to Make Deep-Fried Turkey

You've read about it or seen it on television—it's time to try it yourself! Learn how to make a deep-fried turkey, and that's all your Thanksgiving guests will be able to talk about...in between bites of tender, juicy meat, of course.

Thu, 9 Jun 2011|

Hi, I'm Kristina for Recipe.com, 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 Recipe.com.