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

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