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Whether it’s thanksgiving time or an everyday craving for turkey meat, what better way to prepare this wonderful bird meat than to deep fry it?

Frying Turkey

If you want to make a turkey with a crispy layer outside, and soft, delicious meat on the inside, then an eclectic indoor fryer is a good option, for sure.

Many people wonder how to set up the timer when they are making the turkey, as the length of the cooking procedure will depend on the weight of the meat.

Usually, it takes between 3 and 4 minutes per pound of turkey to fry it. We can round it to 3.5 minutes on average. This means that if your turkey weighs 15 pounds, you should deep fry for 52 minutes (15 lbs x 3.5 minutes).

So, do you want to properly fry your turkey? Here are some steps and tips:

  1. Use a fresh or completely thawed turkey.
  2. Ensure there are no wrappings around the meat if you have a store-bought turkey.
  3. Remove the neck and the giblets.
  4. Put oil into a fryer. Don’t cross the maximum filling line.
  5. Heat the oil to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. As the oil is heating up, get your turkey ready for frying by putting seasoning, flavors, or marinades.
  7. Tuck the legs inside.
  8. When the oil is warm, place the basket in the fryer for half a minute. Take it out and put the turkey inside.
  9. Put the basket with the turkey inside the fryer. It might happen that not the entire turkey is covered in oil. The result of that will be that the upper breast part will remain white, although it will still be cooked properly.
  10. Set the timer up to somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes per pound (as we said before, 3,5 on average).
  11. The dark meat should be cooked to a temperature of approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit, while all of the white meat should heat up to some 10 degrees less.
  12. Once the turkey is done, remove it from the pot and place it to dry on paper towels. You don’t want to eat all that oil grease.
  13. Before removing the turkey from the basket, let it sit for some 20 minutes.


Frying a turkey is not at all difficult if you have a deep fryer. This type of pot does most of the work for you, and it results in a delicious meal.

Remember, how long you should they the turkey frying in the deep fryer depends on its weight. The answer is around 3.5 minutes per pound. With this information, you’ll find it easy to calculate the number of minutes necessary for your particular turkey to be properly fried.

Just follow the recipe given above step-by-step, and we guarantee you’ll end up with a delicious fried turkey!

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