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How to Fry a Turkey

Marybeth Feutz
Do you want to fry a turkey, but aren't sure how to do it? Check out this post for all the equipment, preparation, and safety tips you need to fry a turkey!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 40 mins
Course Main


  • 1 turkey 12-14 pounds, thawed with giblets removed
  • 3 to 4-1/2 gallons peanut oil
  • Turkey fryer kit


  • Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse, and pat dry. Set the turkey aside at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Pour the oil into a turkey fryer and heat on high on an outside propane burner.
  • Bring the oil temperature to 250 degrees F (measure with an oil themometer).
  • Carefully lower the turkey into the oil.
  • Continue to heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees F. Then lower the heat to maintain the temperature at 350 degrees F.
  • After 35 minutes of cooking, check the temperature of the turkey breast, using an instant-read meat thermometer.
  • When the breast meat temperature reaches 151 degrees F, remove the turkey from the oil and allow to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes. Carry-over cooking will bring the turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Carve turkey.
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