Cookbook:Deep Fried Turkey

Deep Fried Turkey
CategoryTurkey recipes
TimeThawing: 3 to 5 days
Cooking: 45 minutes to an hour

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  • Dedicated turkey frying set: cooking pot, propane burner, 550°F 16-inch thermometer with clip, turkey stand, and triangular handled hook
  • At least 10 pounds of propane
  • Fire extinguisher


  1. If frozen, thaw turkey in the fridge for several days. Remove giblets bag from cavity.
  2. Place turkey on its stand and set it in the dedicated turkey-frying pot.
  3. Pour water into pot until turkey is covered completely and water level is 2 inches above the turkey.
  4. Remove turkey from water, and mark the level of water in pot.
  5. Pour out water and discard. Dry the pot thoroughly and fill to line with peanut oil.
  6. Heat oil in pot over propane burner to 400°F in area at least 20 feet from any building or other flammable structure.
  7. Slowly lower completely thawed, completely drained turkey (on its stand) into oil using the hook with an oven mitt. The temperature of the oil will decrease to 350°F.
  8. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per pound. Be careful not to over-cook it—if it floats, it's over-done! Maintain a temperature of 350°F—monitor it the whole time the turkey is cooking, and don't let it drop below 345°F or go over 355°F.
  9. Remove turkey using hook with oven mitt.
  10. Check temperature using meat thermometer in deep part of meat—it should be at least 160°F.
  11. Turn off fire and allow the oil to cool completely before even considering moving it.
  12. Rest turkey on a tray, breasts down, for 20–30 minutes before carving.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • The turkey must be thawed in the fridge if frozen. It is not safe to thaw it outside of the fridge, and it risks salmonella growth.
  • The water marking step must take place so that you know exactly how much oil to heat. If you heat too much oil, it can overflow when the turkey is added and cause a fire.
  • Do not do this within 20 feet of any building or flammable structure—there is a dangerous risk of fire.