Deep-Fried Turkey


This is an awesome deep-fried turkey recipe made with Creole seasoning. The meat is crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside — even the white meat! We use a 26-quart aluminum pot with a drain basket.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 3 gallons peanut oil for frying, or as needed

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • ¼ cup Creole seasoning

  • 1 medium white onion


  1. Fill a turkey fryer or large stockpot with enough oil to fry turkey; be sure to leave room for turkey so oil doesn't spill over. Heat oil to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Layer a large platter with food-safe paper bags.

  2. Rinse turkey and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Rub seasoning inside the cavity and all over the outer surfaces. Make sure the hole at the neck is open at least 2 inches so oil can flow freely into the cavity.

  3. Turn off the heat source. Place whole onion into the drain basket followed by turkey, neck-end first. Slowly lower the basket into the fryer until turkey is completely submerged in oil. Turn on the heat source and cook, maintaining oil temperature at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 45 minutes, or 3 1/2 minutes per pound.

  4. Carefully remove the basket from the fryer and drain turkey. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) but no more than 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). Transfer turkey to the prepared platter to finish draining, 10 to 15 minutes.


You can use vegetable oil instead of peanut oil if preferred.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

603 Calories
34g Fat
2g Carbs
69g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 603
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 571mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 69g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 926mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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