Recipe for Fried Turkey for the Holidays
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Recipe for Fried Turkey for the Holidays

This article was written as a response to the question:
How to make a fried turkey for the holidays, this is a southern favorite.

For the past three years my family and neighbors look forward to holiday dinners at my home.  Instead of baking my turkeys, I've been frying them.  The meat is juicy and tender.  The turkey falls off the bone.  The process of frying is well worth the inconvenience and while you have the grease hot, you can fry some additional turkeys for family and friends.    This holiday turkey will have your family and friends coming back for more.

What you will need:

  • Turkey fryer
  • Peanut oil, 3-4 gallons
  • Turkey injector
  • Marinate or crab boil
  • Stick of butter, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Poultry seasoning
  • White Onions and peppers
  • Red currant jelly


  1. Prepare your turkey fryer according to manufacturers instructions.  Make sure your fryer is away from your home or building and you have an extinguisher near by.  Make sure your turkey is at room temperature.  Never try to fry a frozen turkey. 
  2. Wash your turkey and pat dry.  Remove all gizzards, liver and neck, set aside for dressing later.  In the cavity of the turkey place sliced onions,butter, and peppers then tie the legs together with cooking string.  Take the injector and use a Cajun marinate or the crab boil and inject the turkey 1 inch apart all over the turkey including the bottom.  Take your butter and rub the surface of the turkey then generously add salt pepper and poultry seasonings according to taste.
  3. Once your prepare the fryer according to instructions and the size of your bird season your bird lower the turkey into the hot peanut oil and over. The turkey should be completely submerged in the peanut oil.  Usual cook-time is 45 minutes to 2 hours at the most. The cook time depends on the size of the turkey.  For every 1 pound you cook 6 minutes so a 12 pound bird would take 1 hour and 12 minutes.  Never leave the fryer alone.  Constantly watch and make sure your oil is not overflowing.  Have a pan and a ladle ready to remove any spillage.  Remove any onions or peppers that float to the top they will be used in your dressing.
  4. After your bird has cooked the right amount of time for it's size, remove and place on platter,  In a bowl take 3 tablespoons of red currant jelly and 2 teaspoons of butter and micro wave for 45 seconds,  Remove and brush turkey with mixture.  Cover with foil and set aside for meal.

You can repeat this process for up to three birds with the same oil.

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Comments (2)

never tasted fried turkey

I have a friend who does deep fried Turkey every Thanksgiving. It certainly is moist. good instructions.