How to Deep Fry Turkey

One of the questions I get asked the most is: How To Deep Fry a Turkey? People really think it’s that hard.

However, deep frying a turkey is not difficult thanks to our step by step guide below!

Deep Fried Turkey Ingredients

3 gallons peanut oil for frying, or as needed
1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
1/4 cup Creole seasoning
1 white onion

Directions

1. In a large stockpot or turkey fryer, heat oil to 400 degrees F. Be sure to leave room for the turkey, or the oil will spill over.

2. Layer a large platter with food-safe paper bags. Rinse turkey, and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels.

3. Rub Creole seasoning over turkey inside and out. Make sure the hole at the neck is open at least 2 inches so the oil can flow freely through the bird.

4. Place the whole onion and turkey in drain basket. The turkey should be placed in basket neck end first.

5. Slowly lower basket into hot oil to completely cover turkey. Maintain the temperature of the oil at 350 degrees F, and cook turkey for 3 1/2 minutes per pound, about 45 minutes.

6. Carefully remove basket from oil, and drain turkey. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh; the internal temperature must be 180 degrees F.

7. Finish draining turkey on the prepared platter.

How to determine the amount of oil you need for deep fried turkey

The easiest way I’ve found to determine the amount of oil you need is to place the turkey into the fryer and fill with water until the turkey is just covered.

Remove turkey and allow to drain, pat dry with paper towels as well. Make note of the level of water in the fryer.

Discard water and dry thoroughly. Fill frying vessel with oil to the level as noted above. This should help in preventing hot oil spill overs.