Deep Fried Turkey [outdoors only]

deep fried turkey

deep fried turkey

Step by step instructions for deep frying a turkey.


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


  1. In a large turkey fryer, bring oil to 400F. Be sure to leave room for the turkey, or the oil will spill over. Layer a large platter with food-safe paper bags.
  2. Rinse turkey, and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Rub Cajun seasoning over turkey inside and out. Make sure the hole at the neck is open at least 2 inches so the oil can flow through the bird.
  3. Place the onion and turkey in drain basket. The turkey should be placed in basket neck end first.
  4.  Slowly lower basket into hot oil to completely cover turkey.
  5. Maintain the temperature of the oil at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and cook turkey for 3 1/2 minutes per pound, about 45 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove basket from oil, and drain turkey.
  7. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh; the internal temperature must be 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).
  8. Finish draining turkey on the prepared platter.

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