Frying a Turkey

turkeyfryerfireYou’ve heard others talk about how juicy and wonderful their fried turkey tasted. It’s time you take a shot at it.

Peanut oil… check

Turkey fryer… check

Turkey… check

Now what? Let’s consult with the queen of fried food, Paula Deen.



In addition to the turkey and 3-5 gallons of peanut oil, have available 2 tablespoons of House seasoning (see recipe below) and 2 tablespoons of your favorite dry rub

House seasoning

1 cup salt

¼ cup black pepper

¼ cup garlic powder

To measure the amount of oil needed to fry the turkey, place turkey in fryer, add water to top of turkey, remove turkey and the water line will indicate how much oil will be needed to fry your turkey. Having too much oil can cause a fire. The pot should not be more than

¾ full or the oil could overflow when the turkey is added.


Wash bird inside and out, and allow it to drain. Rub turkey all over with house seasoning. Coat turkey with dry rub. Allow the bird to sit until it reaches room temperature.

Heat peanut oil in a turkey fryer or a very large stock to 350 degrees. Lower turkey into hot oil, very carefully, making sure it is fully submerged. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes per bird. Remove turkey from oil and drain on paper towels.

Should serve 6-8 people.

Fryer safety

Who better than an insurance company to consult about safety tips for frying your turkey?

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees or other structures.
  2. Make sure turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
  5. Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Never leave a fryer unattended.
  7. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn off the fryer.
  8. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
    9. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  9. Once finished cooking, remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.


Photo Credit: Statefarm


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