Heavenly and Healthy Deep-Fried Turkey

Aug 24, 2011Recipes, Turkey Frying

Are you ready for the most deliciously tender and juicy turkey you have ever tasted? Deep-fried turkey is one of the South’s best-kept culinary secrets and authentic turkey frying starts with 100% peanut oil. Read on for recipes and how-to and safety tips on deep-frying.

Peanut Oil’s Great Flavor: Perfect fo Deep-Frying

Peanut oil has a pleasing and sometimes light nutty flavor. In addition to its great taste, peanut oil is perfect for deep-frying because it has a unique property. It does not absorb the flavor of other foods cooked in the oil. Therefore, you can cook several different items and each will maintain their own great taste. Peanut oil is also one of the world’s traditional deep-frying oils because it can reach such a high temperature which keeps the outside of the food crispy and the inside very moist. Peanut oil works well with all types of cooking and has been the oil of choice for frying by numerous restaurants for many years because it tastes great.


Wash bird inside and out, and allow to drain. Rub turkey with the salt, pepper, garlic, and dry rub. Allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until completely thawed and dry. Pre-heat peanut oil outdoors in a turkey fryer or a very large stockpot to 350 degrees F. Make sure there is no moisture on the skin and carefully lower turkey into hot oil either in the fryer basket or using a sturdy tool inserted into the chest cavity. Submerge the turkey completely. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes per bird. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees. Remove turkey from the oil. Let sit 20 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

How to Have Fun and Stay Safe: Tips for Deep-Frying:

The Culinary Institute of America shares some deep-frying safety tips:

  • Keep a safe distance from the fryer
  • Ensure you read and understand the manual that comes with your fryer
  • Never attempt to deep-fry indoors (unless working with a special indoor table-top fryer)
  • Never leave fryer unattended
  • Do not allow pets or children near fryer
  • Do not attempt to fry turkey in rainy weather
  • Wear long thick gloves and goggles
  • Do not cover with lid while frying
  • Allow oil to cool 110 degrees before handling or cleaning up