11 Steps – How to Fry a Turkey in a Turkey Fryer?

How to Fry a Turkey in a Turkey Fryer

If you’re ever tasted deep fried turkey, then you know how yummy it can be.

The good news is that all you need to do is to buy a turkey fryer of your own and you can enjoy this dish whenever you want.

It’s easy to learn how to fry a turkey in a turkey fryer. You don’t have to be a master chef.

11 Steps to Take:

  1. Start by getting a fresh whole turkey. If you only have a frozen whole turkey, that’s fine too. You just need to make sure that it’s completely thawed.
  2. Once the wrapper is off the turkey, get rid of the giblets and neck. You also have to remove any excess fat.
  3. Put in some oil up to the maximum fill line you see inside the fryer. Don’t go past this line or else you’ll get splatters.
  4. Plug in your fryer, and preheat your oil to 375° F.
  5. As your fryer oil is preheating, ready your turkey. You can inject some preferred flavor, or you can apply seasonings and marinades. Just don’t stuff your turkey if you’re going to deep-fry it. The stuffing has to be cooked separately.
  6. How big is your fryer? If you have an extra-large model, then you may be able to put in your whole turkey inside regardless of how big it is. However, if you have a regular fryer then you can only put in the whole turkey if it weighs less than 15 pounds.
  7. If your turkey weighs 15 pounds or more, you will have to cut it onto smaller pieces. Separate the breast from the legs and thighs.
  8. Is the oil hot enough? Before you put in the turkey, submerge the fryer basket first into the oil. This keeps the turkey from sticking to the basket.
  9. For separate turkey parts, the oil is hot enough at 325° F. You will need about 4 to 5 minutes per pound. The dark meat’s internal temperature should be within 175° to 180° F. For white meat, the range is 165° to 170° F. For this you will need a meat thermometer.
  10. For a whole turkey, cook it with the timer set at about 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
  11. After the timer sets off, slowly take out the turkey from the fryer. Place it on paper towels to drain it. This should take about 20 minutes, and then you’re ready to carve and serve.


As you can see, it’s downright easy. You just need a deep fryer (preferably that can fit in a large turkey) and a meat thermometer.

Add in some paper towels and you’re good to go. There’s no need to over complicate the process—just enjoy your deep fried turkey with your family!

June Brandt
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