Add excitement to your Thanksgiving dinner with deep-fried turkey! This daring culinary adventure is much quicker than a traditional oven-roasted turkey and yields a bird with moist, flavorful meat and extra-crispy skin. Use our deep-frying tips to put a tasty twist on traditional turkey!
Prep for Success
For deep-frying a turkey, you’ll need:
Bold Brines for Extra Flavor
Brines are salt-water solutions that infuse meats with flavor—inside and out! Boost your turkey’s flavor using ingredients like butter, stock, lemon juice, tea, beer, and seasonings like rosemary, sage, and thyme. Heat the brine until ingredients dissolve, then pour over the turkey in the large pot. Make sure the brine coats the entire bird, then refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
Like brines, injection marinades infuse a variety of flavors into turkey; however, avoid marinades containing corn syrup, sugar, or honey, as that may burn the turkey’s surface while frying. Using a syringe or meat injector, inject the marinade into each side of the breast and smaller amounts into the legs and thighs. Be sure to inject deeper than just under the skin to avoid excessive splattering during frying, and wipe off any excess moisture before deep-frying.
Deep-Fried Turkey Tips
While deep-frying turkey is fun, it also presents unique hazards. Follow our Deep-Fried Turkey recipe or use these safety and preparation tips to fry your own deep-fried Thanksgiving masterpiece:
After enjoying this more adventurous and delicious deep-fried turkey recipe, you may never go traditional again! Find more turkey tips and everything you need for your holiday celebrations at a Giant Eagle or Market District near you.