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How To Deep Fry Turkey Without Burning Down The House

Updated on March 15, 2015

Getting Started

For those who have had fried turkey know it is delicious! In my pre-vegetarian days I had the opportunity to experience fried turkey. I was living in Louisiana at the time, and thought fried turkey: "are you serious?" I really thought it was the strangest think I had ever heard of, I had never heard of fried turkey at that time. I even laughed when my brother-in-law asked me if I wanted some. He told me try it, it is really good it's been fried in peanut oil. That was another strange thing, peanut oil for frying a turkey??

I tried it and yes I liked it! If you want the experience of fried turkey there is a simple way to fry turkey without burning down the whole house. However, if you are one of those individuals who really need to take pre-cautionary measures send the children, dog, and cat to Aunt Lilly's house just in case something goes wrong. (ok just kidding LOL) As for the hubby you will want to actually keep him around to guard you with the fire extinguisher in case of a massive spark.

Turkey Leg
Turkey Leg

The Easy Way

The safe way to experience fried turkey is to go to your local Brown's Chicken Restaurant. They have the best turkey leg you could ever taste. (lol). Seriously in this hub there are two versions to frying turkey. The first how-to is frying turkey parts such as turkey legs, wings, etc., and the second is the deep fring of the whole turkey. I also include a great video of Chef Tony with safe tips for frying your turkey at home.

Turkey Wings
Turkey Wings | Source


  • 2 Turkey Breast, whole
  • 2 Turkey Legs, whole
  • 2 Turkey Wings, whole
  • quart peanut oil
  • the short version is to fry turkey parts inside on top of the stove in a frying pan. turkey, frying pan


  1. For a whole turkey please fry outside away from plastic, and flameable items. Best places for placing the fryer is on the concrete. For deep frying a whole turkey remove giblets, and wires from around the turkeys leg.
  2. Fill the deep fryer with water, and place the turkey inside the fryer so you know how much peanut oil to put in the deep fryer.
  3. After pouring out the water, clean inside of fryer with a dry cloth.
  4. Temperature to fry turkey: 350F approx. 3 min. per 1 pound of turkey

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Serves approx. twenty to twenty-five people

Great Video by Chef Tony

How Did You Like Chef Tony?

3 stars from 1 rating of Deep Frying Turkey
Cartoon Turkey
Cartoon Turkey | Source


Submit a Comment

  • deepfryfoods profile image

    Deep Fry Foods 

    3 years ago from United States

    This looks delicious.. I am really a turkey fan. Thanks for sharing..

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    5 years ago from New York City, NY

    Never done this, but my mother had a terrific deep-fried chicken recipe . The bird is marinaded with a 5-spice powder which, boy, is the most terrific perfume in the cooking world. I have roasted turkey with the 5-spice mixture injected into the meat and the flavor is something wonderful. Someday if I ever buy such a deep, deep fryer, I might try deep frying the turkey instead.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile image

    Jeannie InABottle 

    5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    This is really useful for anyone deep frying a turkey. Personally, I think you are right... a person should just buy one fried. That is a lot easier! I've only baked turkeys before, and I did not even do that very well, so no deep frying for me! Voted up and useful!

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    5 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Ingenria, Thanks for the 5 star rating, and giving my hub a read!

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    5 years ago

    Excellent title, caught my attention too. I will give you 5-stars rating for that ! LOL.

    Thanks for the recipe on how to cook the turkey at the same time keeping my house in one piece too.

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    5 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Billy! Thanks, I am just sitting here in my hotel room with a painfully slow internet connection. The title came to my mind, and it took what seemed like fore--vvve----er--rrrr to just finish writing this hub. As you can see I finished it!

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    5 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Missolive, I was just sitting here thinking, and the title popped into my head, and I started laughing. I said well I better get to work and write this hub! Thanks for leaving a comment: )

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    Marisa Hammond Olivares 

    5 years ago from Texas

    adrienne2, Your title left me giggling. hehe We finally attempted to fry a turkey last year. We made it a point to do this outside. Thank goodness! Your instructions and videos are going to come in very handy this year. Of course, I could just go to the restaurant haha

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Great title! That's what brought me to this hub! I have never deep-fried turkey, so this was useful when and if I ever do. Great job!

  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    5 years ago from Atlanta

    Hi Carol, thanks so much for stopping by my hub. Thanks for the vote : )

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    carol stanley 

    5 years ago from Arizona

    Though we do not have a deep fat fryer I have eaten deep fried turkeys...and they are the best. This is a great hub on how to be successful cooking these birds. I am voting up and sharing.


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