How To Deep Fry A Turkey

A Step By Step Guide On How To Deep Fry A Turkey. It’s Not Rocket Science, If I Can Do It, You Should Be A Rockstar!

How To Deep Fry a Turkey

Before You Start Deep Frying Your Turkey, A Few Useful Tips:


  • Make sure that your bird is fully thawed. A not completely thawed bird can cause a boil over.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely dry, water and oil don’t mix and can cause a boil over.
  • Cut away excess fat.
  • When deep frying a turkey you should not put the stuffing in it as it could come out and burn your oil. It’s better to prepare the stuffing separately.
  • One of the problems faced when deep frying a turkey is the bird sticking to the basket. To help prevent this, submerge the basket in the hot oil, about a minute will do. Then remove the basket and put the turkey in and start the frying. It should not stick to the basket.
  • One of the best oils for deep frying a turkey is 100% peanut oil as it has a high burn temperature. Support our farmers, buy American!

Lets Start The Frying! Safety First!


  • Have a fire blanket which is suitable for oil and fat fires and a fire extinguisher (abc unit) at hand.
  • No exposed skin, wear an apron, long sleeves and long pants.
  • Wear heat resistant gloves and safety goggles.
  • Always use outdoor turkey fryers on a flat and stable surface.
  • Don’t place your outdoor fryer near wooden decks, garages, sheds and homes. Nothing ruins the holiday spirit more than burning your place to the ground or you or your loved ones ending up in the emergency room.
  • Never, ever try to extinguish an oil fueled fire with water as this will cause a violent explosion. In case of a fire cut of the gas and try to cover the fire with a fire blanket to smother it. Never put your self at risk.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Fried turkey and a nice cold beer go well together, but keep it safe, hot oil can cause nasty burns.

Frying The Turkey


  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed, read how to thaw a turkey.
  • Remove the wrapper.
  • Remove the giblets (giblets are the heart, neck, gizzards and liver).
  • Use paper towels to pat the turkey dry.
  • Put oil in the fryer (preferably peanut oil).
  • The fill line should be at least 4 to 5 inches from the top of the pot to prevent a boil over.
  • Start preheating the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While you’re preheating the oil it’s time to start seasoning your turkey. It’s all up to you, you can use marinades, dry rubs, seasoning mixes, or inject marinade in to your bird.
  • When the oil has reached 375 degrees Fahrenheit, shut off the burner and gently lower the turkey into the pan. Easy is the magic word here as a controlled descent in to the hot oil will prevent the oil from bubbling over.
  • Put the burner back on.
  • It takes about 3 to 4 minutes cooking time per pound to cook the turkey.
    Now you need a good thermometer. The turkey is done when the dark meat is about 180 degrees Fahrenheit, the white meat should have a temperature of around 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When the turkey is cooked, lift it from the pan slowly, (most outdoor turkey fryers come with a turkey lifter and have lifting hooks to make this job easier). Once out of the pan, place the bird in a tray covered with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Now comes the hardest part….letting it stand for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes crack open a good bottle of wine and enjoy your culinary masterpiece.

How to deep fry a turkey


One often asked question,”How do I know how much oil to use for frying a turkey?”

There’s a simple trick for that, place the turkey in the fryer and then cover it with water till it’s only just submerged. Then remove the turkey and let all the water drain back into the fryer.

Now mark the water line and that’s the exact amount of oil you need for frying your turkey. Simply fill the fryer up to the mark you’ve made and you’ll never use too much oil. Make sure your turkey is absolutely dry before you fry it.

What Gear Do I Need To Deep Fry A Turkey?


  • A good outdoor turkey fryer, there are not that many outdoor turkey fryers on the market. But any fryer with a decent propane burner and a quality cooking pot will do the trick. You can buy a pretty good turkey deep fryer for about a $100. You can check out this site for some good deals on outdoor turkey fryers. Just keep in mind that a frying pot with a large diameter requires more oil. You can always filter your oil after using it so it can be reused.
  • 4 Gallons of peanut oil.
  • Two thermometers, both heat resistant, one for checking the temperature of the frying oil, the other for checking if the turkey is done. A tip use a remote wireless thermometer for checking the turkey’s temperature. Messing with a turkey in a pan of boiling oil to check if it’s done is not my favorite hobby. So go wireless, for your own safety and convenience.
  • Safety Gear: Safety goggles, heatproof gloves, an apron, fire blanket to smother a fire, a multi purpose fire extinguisher.

Well that’s all folks!

Enjoy your meal!

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