Deep Fried Turkey

This fried turkey recipe is not only easy, it’s also crispy and succulent. The perfect combination for a Thanksgiving Turkey!

So….

If you’ve been hanging around A Spicy Perspective very long, you know I don’t deep fry.

It’s not that I don’t love the flavor and texture of deep fried foods. God knows, I love a well-made french fry just as much as the next girl.

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No, my reasoning for not frying is actually 3-fold.

  1. By far the biggest reason is, I’m scared to deep fry. Every time I’ve tried it, I get little splatter burns all over my arms.
  2. It’s a big mess. My stove and kitchen counters are covered in oil when I’m finished.
  3. The odor of evaporated fry oil lingers around the house for days on end.

Needless to say, I just stay away from deep frying in general.

But there is one deep frying experiment I have always wanted to try….

A Deep Fried Turkey.

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I know, I know. I’ve seen those clips on Youtube and America’s Funniest Home Videos, of the guy lowering the turkey into a gas fryer and the whole thing going up in flames. (I have a hard time understanding why this is considered funny.)

Trust me, I’ve seen those clips.

Yet the adventurous side of me, has always wanted to throw caution to the wind and try it anyway.

So this year I got my chance, and it just so happens my dangerous-side and practical-side met in the middle.

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Masterbuilt, makers of superb smokers, grills, and fryers, sent me one of their Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryers. You cannot imagine the fusion of exhilaration and fear that bubbled up inside of me the day it arrived.

I had a turkey thawing in the fridge. So I sat down with the handbook to read every single word, before I dared to test the fryer.

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I added the oil and let it preheat.

I dried my turkey thoroughly, even inside the cavity, with paper towels.

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I injected the turkey with Butterball Garlic and Herb Turkey Marinade, as the handbook suggested. Then dried it again… just in case.

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I sprinkled it with Butterball Garlic and Herb Seasoning and placed it in the frying basket.

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Then ever so slowly, holding my breath, I lowered the turkey into the hot oil.

I closed the lid and set the timer for 50 minutes, 3-4 minutes per lb.

Then waited anxiously for something bad to happen.

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But guess what… it didn’t!

In fact, the whole process was completely peaceful.

  • This Masterbuilt Fryer is electric, so it’s safe to use in the house without fear of explosion.
  • The lid protected me and my counters from splattering oil.
  • The specially designed vent in the lid, allowed steam to come through, but not smoke, so my house didn’t reek of fry oil.
  • Using the lifting hook and an oven mitt to lower and lift the turkey, further protected me from burns.

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My turkey was cooked to perfection, in less than half the time it takes in the oven.

The skin was dark, but very flavorful… not burnt tasting. The turkey meat was ultra tender and juicy from breast to tail.

To top it all, after the oil had cooled and I got around to cleaning out the fryer, it came with a little spout that made draining it a cinch.

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Masterbuilt’s Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer is a product I can recommend whole heartedly.

For further confirmation, just read the comments on Amazon; everyone loves this thing!

I also received a copy of John McLemore’s second cookbook “Dadgum, That’s Good, Too!” Along with the basic fried turkey recipe I tried, it includes all sorts of wonderful things that would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Court Pear Pies, Smoked Sweet Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Pecan Butter, Deep Fried Corn, Apple Fritters, Sweet Potato Fritters, and Fried Apple Pies,  just to name a few.

John McLemore and his family have poured their hearts into their Masterbuilt products, along with the recipes in this cookbook. It’s filled with wonderful family photos, funny stories, and tantalizing recipes.

Thanks John!

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If you have always wanted to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, I can tell you without reservation that this is a great product.

It’s easy to use, super safe, easy to clean up, and you can also use it to boil and steam large quantities of food.

Find it online with quick-ship options on Masterbuilt and Amazon.

Or in nationwide retailers like:

  • Home Depot
  • Wal-Mart
  • Costco
  • Lowes
  • Academy Sports & Outdoors
  • Bass Pro
  • Sears
  • Target

And FYI, you may see a lot more deep fried recipes from me, now that my deep-frying fears have been eliminated! *wink*

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Yield: 8-12

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Fried Turkey Recipe

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Ingredients:

1 - 10-14 lb. turkey, thawed completely
2 gallons cooking oil, preferably peanut oil
1 bottle Butterball Garlic and Herb Turkey Marinade
Butterball Garlic and Herb Turkey Seasoning

Directions:

Thaw turkey, if frozen. To properly thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 pounds. Fill deep fryer halfway with oil and heat to 375°F. Remove giblets and neck. If present, remove and discard plastic leg holder and pop-up timer. Rinse turkey thoroughly with warm water or completely cover with warm water and soak for no more than 30 minutes to ensure cavity is free of ice.

Pat turkey completely dry on outside and inside of cavity with paper towels. Using a marinade injection syringe, inject ½ cup (4 ounces) marinade in each breast. Inject ¼ cup (2 ounces) marinade into each leg and thigh. Sprinkle turkey generously with turkey seasoning, completely coating the outside of the turkey and inside of the cavity.

Place turkey, breast side up, in fryer basket. Slowly lower the basket into hot oil, being careful not to splatter hot oil. Fry turkey for 3 to 4 minutes per pound. Lift the basket from the hot oil slowly. Insert a meat thermometer in the meaty part of the breast; turkey is done when it reads 165°F. If the turkey is not done, lower it carefully back into the oil for an additional 5 minutes. Once the turkey reaches the desired temperature (minimum 165°F), remove from oil.

Allow the turkey to rest and drain in the fryer basket for 10 minutes before removing for carving. The turkey can remain in the basket to cool until ready to serve.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Masterbuilt. All opinions are my own.

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37 Responses to “Deep Fried Turkey”

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    Jeanette — November 16, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    My brother used to make deep-fried turkey and I remember thinking it was going to taste really greasy – I was shocked – very moist and tender! I would never have known it was deep fried.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — November 16, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    I had my first bite of fried turkey over the summer (hey, I was curious) and was very much impressed. I do believe it’s one of the best ways to cook it.

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — November 16, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    I am terrified of deep-frying too! I tried it once and that was all I needed–my arms were covered with tiny little spatter burns for days. This would be a lot more manageable!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 16, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Lucky you for getting to try that baby out!! I’m super jealous. I’ve wanted to try a fried turkey for YEARS and yours looks scrumptious!!!

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    Angie — November 16, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Love fried turkey, my in-laws only do it that way, mainly because it’s so quick to cook and you don’t have to baste it.

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    BigFatBaker — November 16, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I did a food styling gig for John when he was on tv in Indianapolis! We styled for his segment on the fryer, the pear pies and the smoked mac and cheese. He gave me one of his cookbooks but I really wanted a fryer — those things are awesome!

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    • Sommer — November 16th, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

      That’s so neat! I would love to meet John. :)

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — November 16, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    Can you believe I have never had deep-fried turkey? I have heard time and again that this is the best way of eating turkey, so I definitely will have to try it at some point. That handy dandy turkey fryer you have must be great during holiday season! And injecting garlic and herb marinade into a healthy bird sounds fabulous! We’ll be roasting this year but if I had access to a deep fryer, I’d definitely give the fried bird a shot!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — November 16, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

    Love a good deep fried turkey!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 16, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

    I am not big on fried foods, but now I want to fry a turkey! How fun and it looks so easy!!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — November 16, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    I love a deep fry chicken too! But you make me want to run out and get one.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — November 16, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    That is one gorgeous bird! My husband would have so much fun with this.

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    Nancy Long — November 16, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    my first fried turkey was when I worked at the port in New Orleans – the office had a Thanksgiving picnic lunch and they had several turkey friyers going, outside of course. Some of the best I’ve ever had. Great memory

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — November 16, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    I’ve heard so much about fried turkeys, but haven’t tried one. Looks YUM!

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    Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet — November 16, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

    I’m drooling!!!! That looks absolutely irresistible, Sommer! I want some :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Hugs <3

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 16, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Yum, that turkey looks incredible!

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    Michael J. McCoy — November 16, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    I have been deep frying them for years. Bought one of these electrics on clearance at Wally World last year. Gonna try it out this year and see if I like it as well as my gas cooker. Love deep fried turkeywhen it has been injected with creole butter!!!!!!!!

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    • Sommer — November 16th, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

      Michael the creole butter sounds so good! I think you’ll love the electric fryer.

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    Connie Hudlow — November 16, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    I just ordered a Turkey XL Fryer from QVC .. and also the Dadgum that’s good, too Cookbook .. I haven’t gotten it yet ,, I would imagine it will be delivered on Monday ,, Anyway I am curious as while looking online I see that WalMart sells the XL Fryer along with the Blue Heat Proof Gloves, the Injector and the Seasoning for less then I paid for the Cooker on QVC and I don’t think it comes with the Gloves, Injector and Seasoning from QVC .. and I had to pay for shipping too . So I am disappointed before I get it ,, So you know if I am right and would have to order the other items separate ??

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    • Sommer — November 16th, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

      Hi Connie, I honestly don’t know that much about QVC. My fryer just came on its own, but maybe Masterbuilt put together a special kit for Walmart. (?)

      Sorry I can’t be of more help. :s

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — November 16, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    OK, even the site of that deep fryer makes me want to run and get a fire extinguisher. But Mr. Hungry Couple, who is a guy and has no fear of setting things on fire or making them explode, has been pressuring me for a deep fried turkey. This maybe, might be, possibly, potentially be the answer. Now excuse me because I’ve got to go get that extinguisher in case the photo on the computer screen catches on fire or anything…

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — November 16, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    We’ve only fried turkeys a few times and I was a nervous cat the entire time. They do taste amazing though.

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    Beverly Cotton — November 17, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    I was ready to buy this fryer this morning @ 6:40am. Rude service at # 800- 313-7992 by a person named “Lucy” stopped me from ordering the xl fryer. Really wanted it but will not be hung up on twice & told I wasn’t going to buy the fryer. I really wanted this. Lost a sale & bad publicity.

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    • Sommer — November 17th, 2012 @ 7:01 am

      Awe Beverly, I’m sorry! Thanks for commenting. I’m sure Masterbuilt would want to know about this. :s

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    BusyWorkingMama — November 17, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I’ve eaten a fried turkey before, and man, it is so juicy and good!

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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — November 17, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    I am a deep frying fool and I’m sure I have the arteries to prove it! My husband deep fried a wild turkey a few years back (in the yard) and it was awesome. I would love to have one of these fryers because I do make a huge mess!

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    Kim Bee — November 17, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

    Is there leftovers? If there is I’ll be right over. This is amazing. I’ve deep fried pizza but never turkey.

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    JulieD — November 18, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I love me a good deep fried turkey!!! Yours looks awesome!! I met John at BlogHer Food in Atlanta and just the other day again…he’s so nice and I want me a Masterbuilt too!! :-)

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    Chris — November 18, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Too funny. As you were outlining the reasons that you don’t fry them, I was already thinking, “She needs one of those Masterbuilt units.” A few of my friends have them and have raved about them for the past two years. I like that you can make a buttload of onion rings and other deep fried stuff compared to those small home deep fryers where you can only do an order or two at a time.

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — November 18, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

    I love a deep fried turkey! That’s how we have been doing it for about 13 years now…I am almost scared to try and bake one! WHat a cool fryer, so much nicer than the big pot we use outside :)

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    leslie — November 18, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Deep fried Turkey is the best!!! I have one of those big drum fryers that you have to do outside…I am totally digging this tabletop version!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — November 19, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    HOLY YUM. I tooooootally need this to happen to our Thanksgiving turkey! I’ve never had deep-fried turkey before but ohmahgawsh it looks phenom!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 19, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    Oh my goodness I’ve always wanted to try a deep fried turkey!

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    Deepfryaturkey — November 20, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    That looks delicious! We would love to share some of our very own recipes with you from Howtodeepfryturkey.com.

    If you head on over to the website we have a lot to offer such as recipe, turkey tips, instructional videos, safety videos and much more!

    Check it out and we would love to try you spicy turkey recipe!

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    Allison — October 14, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Sommer this is a beautifull step by step explanation of how to do it! ll give it to my husband :)

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    Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek — November 4, 2013 @ 7:20 am

    Awesome! I’ve never had deep fried turkey (can you believe it?) but this looks so good!

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