Deep-Fried Turkey

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Deep-Fried Turkey Deep-Fried Turkey

Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Difficulty: Easy

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2 tablespoon of your favorite dry rub
2 tablespoon Paula Deen’s House Seasoning
1   10-pound Turkey
3-5   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.

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. 

Safety tips:

The turkey fryer needs to be outside on a flat surface. Do not deep fry a turkey in a garage or a covered carport.

Always keep a fire extinguisher (rated for grease fires) nearby.

Large oven mitts or fireplace gloves must be worn.

Always wear eye protection and full face protection would be even better.

When lowering the turkey into the oil, turn off the flame.

And do not allow those guests, especially children and pets near the turkey cooker.

Follow these safety tips and use common sense and your turkey frying experience will be safe and successful.

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

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Reader Comments:


WOOOOOO! I ate so much I can't even move!! I love you Paula, you made me cry all them barrels of sweet peanut oil out :')!

By Anonymous on December 25, 2010


WOOOOOO Can't even move I ate too much! Thank you Paula, you made me cry out all them barrels of peanut oil!

By Anonymous on December 25, 2010


By Linda Smoot on December 18, 2010


By Anonymous on November 17, 2010


I have deep fried turkeys before, but didn't like the fact I had to be outside while the turkey fried and really hated the clean up. I purchased the Butterball Turkey Fryer that Paula used in her video and what a great purchase! The turkey was delicious, I could be in the house doing other things in preparation for the big day and still have a deep fried turkey! It was absolutely delicious!!!

By Anonymous on November 30, 2009


I give this recipe a 5!!!!!

By Anonymous on November 26, 2009

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