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How to: Fry a Turkey (with step-by-step photos) using an electric turkey fryer. Tips given for quick-thawing a turkey and seasoning.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Fry a Turkey
Servings: 12
Calories: 567kcal
Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook


  • 1 10-20 lb frozen turkey or fresh
  • 1 bottle McCormick Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning
  • 3 gallons peanut oil or frying blend


  • Thaw the turkey: Place wrapped turkey into the fridge about 2-3 days before Thanksgiving (estimate one day of thawing per 4 pounds of turkey.)
  • How-to "quick" thaw a turkey: Fill up sink with cool water. Place your turkey (breast-side down) into the cool water making sure the water covers the top of the turkey. Let it hang out for 30 minutes. Drain the water and start the process all over again. Estimate about 30 minutes per pound.
  • Get out your electric fryer and oil:Remove the frying basket. Fill fryer with oil to the fill line indicated inside the fryer. Do not fill above this line. You will probably have some oil leftover depending on the size of your fryer.
  • Preheat the oil to 375f degrees. This may take about an hour.
  • Prep turkey: Remove the thawed turkey from the outer wrapping. Remove any giblets from the cavity of the turkey. Many times the giblets (liver, heart, gizzard, and neck) will be in a bag for you to pull out but sometimes they aren't. Pat the turkey dry and set it aside. Spray the frying basket with no-stick cooking spray. Place thawed turkey, breast-side up into the frying basket. Sprinkle the entire outside with McCormick Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning. Make sure it covers everywhere and rub it in with your hands to make sure it covers all the outer parts. Then pour the seasoning into the inside. This will add additional flavor to the meat while it cooks.
  • Get the turkey into the oil: The fryer basket comes with an extension tool (it looks like a metal hangar.) That will help you lower the turkey slowly into the oil while helping you stay a safe distance away from any splattering oil. Slowly lower the turkey into the oil. Carefully remove the extension tool. Lower the lid on the fryer and set timer. Fry the turkey about 3-4 minutes per pound until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of about 165f degrees (if thermometer is inserted into the breast meat) and 180f degrees (if thermometer is inserted into the thigh meat.)
  • Time to eat: Once the turkey is cooked, attach extension tool to the frying basket and slowly raise the basket. Allow oil to completely drain from the basket. Then carefully remove the turkey from the basket onto a serving platter. It's best to use oven gloves for this or if you have large meat forks, you can use those to remove the turkey. I like to put some fresh, curly parsley all around the turkey to make it pretty.


Calories: 567kcal | Protein: 87g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 289mg | Sodium: 450mg | Potassium: 901mg | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3.5mg