More and more people are enamored of deep fried food, and this has led to the increasing popularity of deep fried turkey.
You can buy a good electric fryer from Butterball for this dish, but what should you do?
No worries; here’s a guide on how to use Butterball electric turkey fryer to deep fry your turkey properly.
Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer Instructions – 14 Steps
Luckily for everyone, the instructions are actually easy and simple:
- You can start with a fresh turkey to deep fry. If it’s frozen turkey, make sure that you thaw it completely.
- Remove the wrapper from the turkey, and then take off the neck and giblets.
- Fill up the turkey fryer with oil up to the maximum fill line. You’ll see this line on the inside of the fryer.
- Preheat the oil in the turkey fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Let the oil heat, and meanwhile you can pat your turkey dry with paper towels. It’s important that you reduce the moisture from the turkey.
- You can also prepare your turkey with your preferred marinade, seasonings, or some injected flavor you like. Just don’t stuff the turkey, and instead you need to cook your stuffing separately.
- Just before you place the turkey into the oil, submerge the empty fryer basket into the hot oil for about 30 seconds. This step reduces the chances of the turkey sticking to the basket. Then you can remove it and use it to put your turkey into the hot oil.
- Once your fryer oil has reached the proper temperature, it’s time to put in the turkey. You can deep fry the entire turkey whole if it weighs 14 pounds or less, or if you’re using a Butterball XL Turkey Fryer. If the turkey weighs 15 pounds or more (and you don’t have the XL fryer), separate the thighs and the legs of the turkey from the breast and fry the pieces separately.
- Set the timer. You should probably set the timer to 3 to 4 minutes of deep frying for every pound. So if it weighs 14 pounds, the timer should range from 42 to 56 minutes.
- For turkey parts, the oil should be at a temperature of 325 degrees F. You’ll need to cook the turkey pieces for 4 to 5 minutes per pound.
- Cool all the white meat to an internal temperature of 165 to 170 degrees F. the internal temperature for dark meat should be around 175 to 180 degrees F.
- Once the turkey is done, lift it out of the fryer gently. Place it on paper towels or a pan to drain the oil.
- Unplug the Butterball fryer, and then wait until it cools off completely before you clean it.
- Let the turkey be for about 20 minutes, then remove it from the basket and begin to carve.
The simplicity of deep frying is one of the reasons why deep fried turkey is so popular. You reduce the chances of making a mistake, and you get a tasty treat in the end!
Turkey is often fried in numerous homes because of its being meaty and tasty. However, frying turkey comes with a challenge. The meat consumes a lot of oil to deep fry it with a traditional deep fryer. First, you need to understand that too much oil isn’t good for your health. Secondly, it is a waste of oil.
The good news is that when you use the Butterball Turkey Fryer, you’ll need much less oil. That means using the Butterball XL Turkey Fryer is good for your health and it is more economical. It will take only a fraction of what a regular deep fryer takes.
How Much Oil Does the Butterball XL Turkey Fryer Use?
According to the users, this fryer consumes about 33% less oil than traditional fryers. In fact, the Butterball Turkey Fryer has a maximum mark for safe oil level. That means there’s a level that the quantity of oil should not exceed.
To fryer an extra-large turkey with this fryer, you’ll need about 2.75 gallons of oil. If you prefer to measure the oil in quarts, it will take about 11 quarts of oil. In addition, your cooking method may play a role in the amount of oil you need.
So, it is necessary to preheat the oil to 375 degrees F for about 35 to 45 minutes before you place your turkey in it. Also, you need to cover it while preheating the oil. What you may not know is that the kind of oil used also plays an important role in the taste of the turkey and the amount of oil it will consume.
We use only Peanut oil and we recommend it. This does not mean that other kinds of oils aren’t good enough. We use only Peanut oil and we have been getting great results. We can only recommend what we use.
It takes the Butterball Turkey Fryer about 3 – 4 minutes to fry a pound of turkey. So, to fry a 10-pounder with this machine, it will take about 30 – 40 minutes.
What Temp to Fry Turkey in Butterball Fryer??
Deciding the temperature to fry your turkey is the hardest part. It requires balance. When the temperature is too low, it will take you a longer time to fry and it might not get crispy. On the other hand, when you raise the temperature too high, some parts of the turkey may get burnt before it gets done.
The temperature that has been working for us is 375 degrees F. Remember, you must first preheat the oil for about 35 – 45 minutes for optimal result. Don’t begin to fry your turkey immediately after bringing it out of the freezer. It is necessary to defrost it to room temperature. It takes about 24 hours to defrost 5 pounds of turkey in the refrigerator.
After that, you should pat it dry with pieces of paper towel before you fry it. Remember, water can be dangerous when it comes into hot oil. It causes splattering. Also, for the turkey to get fried evenly, you must submerge the whole of it in oil.
If you have a very big turkey, you may need to cut it into two or three and fry the pieces separately. This will make it easier for you to submerge each of them in oil.
At the right temperature, the deepest part of the turkey should be 165 degrees F. You can confirm this by dipping a meat thermometer into your turkey about 2-inch deep. Bring it out and check the temperature.
To fry a turkey with a turkey fryer, you’ll need long heat-resistant gloves, a meat thermometer, a marinade injector, a skimmer, and a fry rack. To close this section, we’ll remind you that the best temperature to fry your turkey is 375 degrees F.