Bayou Deep Fried Turkey

Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
1 HR
Cooking Style
Deep Fry
Whole Turkey
Dish Type
Whole Bird


1 (10 to12 lb) WHOLE TURKEY, non self-basting

4 oz liquid garlic

4 oz liquid onion

4 oz liquid celery

1 tbsp ground red pepper (cayenne)

1 tbsp salt

2 tbsp hot pepper sauce such as Tabasco

1 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning OR 1 oz liquid crab boil

5 Gallons peanut oil



Remove giblets and neck, pat dry thoroughly with paper towels. Take care to dry both inside cavities. Cut off the wing tips and tail as they may get caught in the fryer basket.

Combine remaining marinade ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until salt is dissolved. Allow mixture to cool. Fill poultry/meat injector with cooled solution.

Inject turkey in the breast, wings, drumsticks, thighs and back. Place on a rack, cover and chill. Marinate, in the refrigerator for 24 hours, maintaining a temperature of 39 degrees F or below.

To allow for good oil circulation through the cavity, do not truss or tie legs together.


Place the OUTDOOR gas burner on a level dirt or grassy area. Never fry a turkey indoors, in a garage or in any structure attached to a building. Do not fry on wood decks, which could catch fire, or concrete, which could be stained by the oil. (Safety tip: have a fire extinguisher nearby for added safety.)

Add oil to a 10+ gallon pot with a basket or rack. At the medium-high setting, heat the oil to 375 degrees F, (depending on the amount of oil, outside temperature and wind conditions, this should take about 40+ minutes).

Place the turkey in a basket or on a rack, neck down.

When the oil temperature registers 375 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer, slowly lower the turkey into the hot oil. The level of the oil will rise due to the frothing caused by the moisture from the turkey but will stabilize in about one minute. (Safety tips: to prevent burns from the splattering oil wear oven mitts/gloves, long sleeves, heavy shoes and even glasses. It is wise to have two people lowering and raising the turkey.)

Immediately check the oil temperature and increase the flame so the oil temperature is maintained at 350 degrees F. If the temperature drops to 340 degrees F or below, oil will begin to seep into the turkey.

Fry about 3-4 minutes per pound, or about 35-42 minutes for a 10-12 pound turkey. Stay with the cooker at all times as the heat must be regulated.

When cooked to 165 degrees F, carefully remove the turkey from the hot oil. Allow the turkey to drain for a few minutes. (Safety tip: allow the oil to cool completely before storing or disposing.)

Remove turkey from the rack and place on a serving platter. Allow to stand for 20 minutes before carving.

NOTE: Use only oils with high smoke points, such as peanut, canola or safflower oil.