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Simple Deep Fried Turkey

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"If you like a more traditional tasting turkey, this is the one for you. No injecting, no marinades, no complicated rubs."
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1 h servings 9644
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 10-pound turkey)


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  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot or turkey fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Make sure the fryer is located outdoors in a safe area, preferably on dirt or pavement, and far away from buildings, wooden decks, or other objects. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.
  2. Ensure that the turkey is completely thawed. Cut any extra skin away from the neck area and make sure neck hole is at least an inch in diameter. Pat the bird completely dry with paper towels, then rub liberally with salt and pepper on both the outside and the inside. Place the turkey into a drain basket, neck-side first.
  3. Working slowly and carefully, gently lower the basket into the hot oil to completely cover the turkey. Maintain the temperature of the oil at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and cook turkey for 3 1/2 minutes per pound, about 35 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove basket from oil, and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh; the internal temperature must be 180 degrees F (80 degrees C). Once the turkey is done, remove from the oil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.


  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 9644 calories; 1053.2 0.3 76.7 224 768 Full nutrition

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I've done this , essentially , several times , and it's always been very good .. BUT I want to strongly STRESS that there must be NO ICE , NO FROZEN area/region in the bird whatSO EVER ... Forg...

Cooked it for a bachelor party, turned out great.

Can't beat the crispiness, I have my son lower it in the pot though I'm not strong enough :)

It was my first time deep frying a turkey. it turned out great! Next time i will inject it with fresh garlic butter...

easy peasy. I love deep frying turkey, to me, its better then oven roasted. I fry 4-5 turkeys a year, friends and family love it.