Deep-frying a turkey for Thanksgiving takes way less time than roasting your turkey. Your deep-fried turkey will taste better and look better. Although frying a turkey can be intimidating, it can also be simple. Here are some tips on how to deep-fry your turkey so that it comes out tasting and looking delicious.
Using an electric fryer indoors allows you to more easily give the turkey a crispy texture and delicious flavor. Be sure to completely thaw your turkey or use a fresh turkey. To get the turkey ready, you will want to remove and discard the neck, giblets, and excess fat, then pat the turkey dry. If you are wanting to stuff your turkey, cook the stuffing separately, then stuff the turkey after it is cooked. To get the fryer ready, you will use about three gallons of oil, and then preheat the oil between 375 and 400 degrees. While the oil is heating, rub seasonings all over the turkey. Be sure to make the neck of the turkey at least two inches wide, so the oil can flow freely through the turkey. If the turkey is 15 pounds or more, you will want to fry the thigh separately from the breast. Or you can use an XL fryer, if one is available to you.
Now that the turkey and frying pan are both ready, you will place the drain basket in the fryer for 30 seconds. Remove the basket and place the turkey in the basket, then slowly lower the turkey into the fryer. You are going to cook the turkey for three to four minutes per pound. For a 12-pound turkey, you will cook it for 45 minutes.
When the time is up, slowly lift the turkey from the pot and place it on a pan to drain. To check the internal temperature, stick a thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh. For dark meat, you will cook the turkey to an internal temperature of 175 - 180 degrees, and for white meat, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 165 - 170 degrees. Let the turkey stay in the frying basket for 20 minutes before removing.
Remove the turkey, add your precooked stuffing to the bird, then carve your juicy, tender turkey and serve the meat alongside all your favorite fixings. Enjoy!