Deep-Fried Turkey

Total Time:
41 min
5 min
1 min
35 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 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

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.

View All

Pairs Well With
Sparkling Wine

Anything with bubbles

  • Find easy pairings for your favorite recipes, Bobby's perfect picks and party ideas.
Cooking Tips
More Recipes and Ideas
Loading review filters...

    64 Reviews
    5 64
    0/1000 characters
    Your Rating:
    Sort by: 
    Very good and juicy. Merry Christmas Paula. 
    Used a 12 lb turkey; seasoning was perfect
    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.
    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.
    we hust loved it and can't wait till next year so tender and fall of the bone. thanks paula deen.
    Be sure to save the tag off of the bag so you know exactly how much your turkey weighs to calculate the cooking time.
    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!
    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:
    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!!!
    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!!!!!
    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!
    Best way to fry a bird!
    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!!
    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.
    The recipe for the dry rub is great and easy to make. Thanks
    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.
    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!
    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.
    This one was great! My husband doesn't even like turkey & loved this one.
    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!
    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!
    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!
    i liked this recipe a lot, very simple to follow. and delicious.
    This is a greate Recepie cause it guide you step by step. and I love it
    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!!!
    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
    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.
    Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you! your flag was submitted.

    This recipe is featured in:

    Top Turkeys for Thanksgiving