Deep-Fried Turkey

Total Time:
41 min
Prep:
5 min
Inactive:
1 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 (10-pound) turkey
  • 2 tablespoons House seasoning, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite dry rub
  • 3 to 5 gallons peanut oil
  • Cooks Note: To measure the amount of oil needed to fry the turkey, place turkey in fryer, add water to top of turkey, remove the 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 3/4 full or the oil could overflow when the turkey is added.
  • House Seasoning:
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
Directions

Wash bird inside and out, and allow 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, very large stockpot to 350 degrees F. 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.

Serve with favorite Thanksgiving sides and salads.

House Seasoning:

Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


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This is the best!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and juicy. Merry Christmas Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used a 12 lb turkey; seasoning was perfect item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVE THE WAY MY TURKEY TURNED OUT THANKS TO THE DEEN FAMILY I STILL MISS PAULA DEEN ON TV. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely the best turkey! I have made this recipe for the last few years and it is a hit every time. One year we did a traditional oven-baked turkey and this deep-fried turkey. We served them side by side. At the end of the day the deep fried turkey was gobbled up while the oven-baked was only half eaten. Cook time is perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
best fried TURKEY ever. Seasoning was great, don't forget to watch the video and do the melted butter trick with garlic. Based on the calculations given for how long you should cook the turkey, I would recommend deducting 2 minutes from it and it will come out perfect. I will defintely do that next year. But the turkey tasted great, everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
we hust loved it and can't wait till next year so tender and fall of the bone. thanks paula deen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Be sure to save the tag off of the bag so you know exactly how much your turkey weighs to calculate the cooking time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I fried our very first turkey using Paula's recipe and it was a complete hit! Even the picky children in our family "gobbled" up their servings and asked for seconds. Roast turkeys will no longer be a part of our Thanksgiving feasts...deep fried is the way to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The clean up is very tough. I would recommend using an indoor digital electric turkey fryer. Masterbuilt makes an awesome turkey fryer. Here is the one I typically use: http://www.nationaltailgate.com/store/masterbuilt_butterball_professional_series_digital_electric_turkey_fryer-c-38-p-685.html item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not impressed at all. The turkey was good but nothing special at all. For all of the added trouble, time, expense AND CLEAN UP, I think I'll just roast my turkeys from now on with a good, flavorfull injection. I made two turkeys at work ON MY DESK in portable roaster ovens earlier this week with a good beer n' butter injection, and they were moister and tastier than this deep-fried fiasco. Let's reserve the deep frying for onion rings!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dam Girl, that was some GOOD TURKEY!!!! I have had a Turkey fryer for a couple of years but only used for chicken, well yesterday I fried a 11 pound turkey, my wife and i picked the whole thing apart before the side dishes were done, so simple, so good! Also Paula, ............your a hot momma!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We just bought a turkey fryer and I decided I just had try Paula's recipe and Wow! It was fabulous! All we had left was the carcus. The family has already put in a request for it next year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best way to fry a bird! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Im new to cooking and i cant find the recipe for the rub Paula used on the show? If anyone can help thanks in advance! Im so excited to cook this!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I USED THIS TURKEY RUB LAST YEAR AND MY FAMILY LOVED IT. WHEN THE MEAL WAS OVER SO WAS THE TURKEY. A 15LB. TURKEY GONE IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE!AND THERE WERE ONLY 3 OF US! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is wonderful and fast. I use an outside turkey fryer to do a larger bird. Putting a rub on the skin and under it really helps with the flavor. I injected Corona beer into the flesh before frying which makes it very juicy. People always worry it will make the turkey more fattening because of the deep frying but the meat is absolutely NOT greasy. Even people who say they don't like turkey have cleaned their plates when we make this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe for the dry rub is great and easy to make. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never thought this would happen but this has changed the way our family does Thanksgiving Forever. It was wonderful, my husband did all of the work and I had my over free to make the side dishes. So much faster, easier and even tasted better than roasted. He wants to do it every weekend now and I could not agree more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was so worried about having christmas dinner at our house. BBQs were easy and often, but a turkey dinner with all the trimmings . . . AAAHHHHH! Paula's super easy recipe for frying a turkey was sensational! It had never been done before in our gigantic family, so we did it and everyone LOVED IT! YAY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Followed Paula's directions to the letter. It came out delicious and juicy and golden all over- plus it freed up the oven for other dishes. I will be cooking it this way again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This one was great! My husband doesn't even like turkey & loved this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have deep-fried turkeys several times in the past, but this was the absolute best! The rub was wonderful and gave it a great "crusty" texture. I also injected my turkey with a creole butter marinade. It disappeared fast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this and thought it looked so good so I told my husband I wanted to try it and we did and it was so moist and juicy and even easy to my surprise. We loved it and ate it last night and even the kids liked it. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a vegetarian and decided to try and cook the Thanksgiving turkey after watching Paula's show. I bought a deep fryer and my boyfriend did the dirty work of cleaning the turkey and setting up the fryer. Our only problem was that we had the propane tank on its side and it froze up and the flame went out for 10 minutes. The temperature dropped and it took another 10 minutes to get it back to 350. We added an extra 5 minutes to the cooking time and the turkey seemed to come out perfectly. Everyone raved about how moist and flavorful it was. I didn't actually try it, but everyone seems to want to fry the turkey again next year, so it must have been good.. Thanks for the idea Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i liked this recipe a lot, very simple to follow. and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a greate Recepie cause it guide you step by step. and I love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
After looking at the episode I saw a few things that were wrong. She seasoned the turkey, no flavor injection or anything, just a rub. If you don't at least seasoned the turkey well in advance when you place the turkey in the frying receptacle all of the seasoning is going to wash away. You will end up with a moist and crispy turkey, but no flavor at all. Further, the price of the peanut oil needed to fry the turkey is high, furthermore it increases the caloric value of the meat twofold. I now that Thanksgiving is not the day to watching for calories, but it would be nice that the Food Network show ways to cook a turkey on the cheap, but with flavor and without expensive gimmicks, just ask me how. You can mess up a turkey either fried or roasted if you don't season well and that what is lacking in all the turkeys I've seen from Emeril all the way down to the newbies at the Food Network. Just my two cents worth!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Right after my husband and I saw your show. We went right out and got a small turkey, and fryed that sucker right on up. And oh my God item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time I did this and I would do this all over again. Our turkey came out great and tasted out of this world. Paula you never let me down. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I TRIED THIS RECEIPE USING JUST THE RUB SEEMS TO BE BLAND AND TASTLESS NEED THE INJECTABLE SPICES.I USED THE CAJUIN IT WAS GREAT.NOT TO HOT OR SPICEY JUST A LITTLE MORE FLAVOR AND MORE JUICEY item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula EVERY recipe of yours that I have ever made has been excellent. I am not hesitant at all to try one for the first time on company. I quickly browsed through your reviews for your fried turkey and saw nothing but 4's and 5's. I will be making your fried turkey recipe for Thanksgiving - maybe even for Christmas too. Thanks for all you do and for being so passionate about your love of cooking and sharing it with all of us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is a great alternative to roast turkey item not reviewed by moderator and published
We cooked two turkeys by this recipe for Thanskgiving item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did a Turkey and a large Chicken over the holidays. Best Turkey I ever had. So easy and quick. You have done it again Paula, Great dishes and fun food. Doug item not reviewed by moderator and published
have deep fried turkey's for years and this si by far the easiest and the best tasting item not reviewed by moderator and published
This doesn't get any easier. This was our first time deep frying the turkey and it won't be the last. Save hours of worry this is the trick to give Mom a break. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Abosolutely mouthwatering. So tender and tasty. Best Turkey ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best turkeys I have ever made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula honey, I did a dry run on your recipe, and I must say that I will never, I mean, NEVER, roast a turkey again! I so look forward to this turkey for tomorrow! You never cease to amaze me. I just love all your recipes! You truly sold this Philly, PA girl. My dream is to one day meet you at one of your restaurants. I'll be the one moaning!!!!!!!! Your number one fan! Cyndi R. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only way I get everyone in my family to eat turkey. Even my dark meat eaters will attack the white meat because it's so moist. As a matter of fact because of this method I now have to do 4 turkeys at a time approximately 4 times a year for various parties and sharing with the neighbors. Thank heavens the project only takes 4 hours to cook 4 turkeys! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You must watch the time it is easy to over cook item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great way to cook the bird. Tried this on some folks that did not think they would like the turkey prepared this way. Glad to report they chose this type over the conventional cooking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our first time we fried turkey came out great! moist and delicous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very useful in our first adventure to deep fry a turkey! It was so juciy! And very easy to make! The rub suggested is excellent! TRY IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will never bake a turkey again! To have a 13lb. turkey cooked and on the table in 45 minutes was too good to be true. Not only is this fast but was the best turkey I have ever eaten! Skin was so crisp and tasty, the meat, moist and the smoked flavoring was wonderful! Thank you Paula for making my Christmas dinner such a delight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only change I made to the recipe, was I added some soy bean and sunflower oil to the peanut oil in the deep fryer. My mother-in-law said it was the best turkey she had ever ate. Thanks fo makeing Thanksgiving enjoyable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The house recipe rub is great on this turkey and easy to make. the addition of the poultry run on top of it really adds to the flavor. the turkey was done, exactly as the recipe calls for and was moist and juicy. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used commercial Cajun seasoning rather than the House rub. I spiced up the seasoning with garlic and onion powder for extra punch. Having the bird at room temperature made the greatest difference in the cooking. This was the best fried turkey we ever had. I used the bones and leftover to make a great stock for gumbo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We fried our turkey this year for the 1st time and I must say this recipe is the best. Yummy, even kids liked the turkey. Paula you did good on this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Man was this a hit at my Thanksgiving dinner!!! I've never tried to cook a turkey like this, but have heard how wonderful, so we decided to try. All I can say is "Follow Paula's recipe"!!!! It was the BEST we've ever had and so easy to prep and fast to cook. The house seasoning is Perfect and a wonderful adition to this but also any meat. LynnB, Rocky Mount, NC item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best turkey I've ever eaten. My Family and I vow to never roast another turkey again!! If you are going to have turkey Ms. Paula's Deep Fried Turkey is the way to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this because there was no room in the ovens this year and were shocked at the fabulous results from a free turkey from the grocery store. On a dry run, we plopped the frozen bird in some brine the night before (no space in frig) and followed Paula's instructions. Tasty, moist, and free... the money we saved from the free-range fresh bird we usually roast even made the fryer free! Thanks... I have converted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We always wanted to try a fried turkey-so after watching Paula on air with her tips - we tried it & LOVED IT! Our guests said it was the best turkey they had ever eaten! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is unbelievable. I have no leftovers. Every bit of the turkey was gone. We all had so much fun outside watching it fry, taking pictures. What fun family time we had. Never again turkey in the oven. (boring) Thanks Paula, I wanted one of these fryers for several years, and after we saw your show, my husband finally went out and bought one!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a new way for our family to have our Thanksgiving turkey. Just follow her instructions on the timming, & it will turn out like she says, very moist, & it did.I will say we did inject our bird also. Hope everyone try's this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe worked out so much better for us than last year's deep fried turkey with the injectable marinade. It was much tastier...and the finished product was much better looking. The temperature of the oil and the frying times were perfect. We couldn't have asked for a better main course. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This turkey was very easy to prepare. It was moist and delicious and everyone loved it (even my daughter who had said she no longer liked turkey). Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never again will I roast a turkey! I don't even know why people still waste their time roasting a turkey when they can have a moist, juicy, tasty and succulent turkey in a fraction of the time! This is a winner! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After watching several Paula Deen shows I decided to try her recipe. The deep-fried turkey was a hit, there were no leftovers! The white meat is moist and the skin, the best part, is super crunchy. The key is to use a medium sized turkey (10-12lbs), peanut oil and a deep turkey fryer, which I purchased from Walmart for $37 (Check prices because they can run up to $99 with all the fancy stuff). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipee was a hit with my husband and my mother who practically begged me to make two more for thanksgiving. The turkey was so juicy and moist , I could hardly beleve it had been fried. You can't go wrong with this one! Thanks Paula Dean! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fool proof. 3 minutes per pound and then add 5 minutes at the end yields a perfectly cooked Turkey every time. You can not go wrong with this recipe it is simply the juiciest Turkey you will ever have. I will not go back to roasting a Turkey ever again - its that good. I cut back on the spice rub so as to not overpower the flavor of the Turkey meat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will never have a baked turkey in my house again. Last year was the first time for fried turkey and it was great. I love to watch Paula to see what is next!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Paula! You have taught us the perfect formula for deep-frying a turkey. 3 minutes per pound plus 5 minutes per bird comes out perfect every time! Once you taste it deep-fried you'll never eat it any other way again! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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