What Size Turkey Fits in a Deep Fryer?

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Turkey always makes a good meal and can be prepared in various ways that everyone will love. The usual star of thanksgiving, the turkey, continues to be a famous dish for many years.  For the past several years, deep frying turkey has been a preferred way to get crispy skin and juicy, tender meat.  With the right deep fryer, you might even find cooking this Thanksgiving staple easier than baking it.

The burst of flavors that it brings when people bite into it gives it that edge that makes people not to get sick of it. It’s a great dish for a hot, sunny day,a good meal that reminds you of the comfort of home and the warm atmosphere brought about by being surrounded with the people you love.

Deep frying turkey is a popular method

If you thought turkey was only for the colder weather holidays, guess again. With the right deep fryer, you can serve turkey at barbecues, picnics, and garden parties. It will be much easier and faster to do. Add the right oil and seasonings and you will have a true crowd pleaser.

How do you prepare a turkey for deep frying?

First off, remove the turkey from its packaging. Usually, the packaging states the weight of the turkey, so use this information to compute the frying time it needs.

Next, thaw the turkey and then remove its neck and giblets. Afterwards, you can begin preheating the oil and then start preparing the turkey as you would want it.

Excess fat around the neck should be removed to let the oil flow throughout every part of the turkey.

Note that you shouldn’t stuff the turkey when you’re planning to deep fry it. To reduce the chances of oil splattering everywhere, make sure to thoroughly dry every part of the turkey.

After seasoning the turkey, place it on a roasting pan and let it sit for 30–45 minutes. This will let the turkey permeate the seasonings and increase the turkey’s inner temperature, which will reduce splattering during the process of frying.

Deep frying turkey is easy

Deep frying a turkey is actually pretty simple to do and you are in the right place to find out just how to get this mouth-watering dish on the table. Please note, every step of the cooking process is very important as these will determine if you are successful or not.

Nobody wants a greasy, soggy or raw turkey, so always make sure to be aware of the guidelines when deep frying a turkey. This includes the turkey size, oil type, and the temperature of the oil in the fryer.

Size always matters

There are many fryers in the market that are available in various sizes. It ranges from small to large ones, where you can easily dip your turkey in for frying.

The size of the turkey always matters when it comes to the frying process. So always make sure that the fryer you’re using is accurate for the size of your turkey.

Turkeys and turkey parts that are smaller in size (weighing around 8–10 pounds) are the ones that are mostly recommended for frying.

The maximum size for successfully deep frying a turkey, however, is a turkey that weighs around 18-20 pounds. This is because turkeys that are larger in size tend to have longer cooking time, and it can raise safety concerns when lowering and lifting up a big, heavy turkey into and from hot oil.

Since the cooking time takes longer, this may end up overexposing the turkey’s skin, which could make it overcooked.

We highly recommend that your turkey does not weigh more than 20 pounds. This way this turkey deep fryer we like will work best. If you need more, get two turkeys, with the time you save you will have two turkeys cooked in less time it takes to bake one.

What are the steps to deep frying a turkey?

Usually, turkey deep fryers have lines seen on their side that indicate the proper amount of oil you should pour into, depending on the size of the meat.

The directions for deep frying a turkey aren’t long, but each step is crucial as every single part can make or break the result of your turkey. Each guideline should be taken with caution, especially since there’s hot oil involved in the process.

To begin with, pour the correct amount of oil needed in the fryer. Make sure that the oil used is enough to completely cover the turkey once it’s placed inside.

Usually, a-24 quart fryer pot will be able to hold a 14-pound turkey, a 26-quart can hold a 16-pound one, and a 30-quart fryer pot can hold up a turkey that’s 20 pounds.

Let’s Get Started with How to Deep Fry a Turkey Step by Step

Make sure the drain valve is in the “off “position and safety cap is properly mounted.

Give the turkey a warm water bath (immerse it in a container of water to remove ice crystals or cold pockets. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels to get rid of excess water.

Inject the turkey with your favorite marinade, 1 ounce per pound of turkey.

Put seasoning on the outside and some on the inside of the cavity

Spray the basket for the deep fryer with non-stick cooking spray to avoid the turkey from sticking.

The green light will indicate that it’s ready to go.

Always load the turkey in very slowly so as not to splash the oil anywhere.

Once the pot is ready, turn on the fryer and let the oil boil. Make sure to not let the oil’s temperature exceed 350°F.

With a thermometer, continuously check up on the oil’s temperature.

With the temperature at 350°F, cook the turkey for 4 minutes per pound. This deep fryer has a digital timer on it in the new edition. When the cooking time is done and you want to retrieve your turkey, always make sure that the fryer is completely off.

You may want to use these protective gloves when lowering the turkey in and out of the deep fryer with the boiling oils.  They’ve saved us a number of burned hands!

Carefully lift the turkey from the fryer and then let it drain. First, slice the thigh part. If the thigh is well cooked, then this means that the turkey is ready.

It is best recommended to use peanut oil when deep frying a turkey. However, any quality vegetable oil also makes a good alternative. It’s advised not to reuse the cooking oil.

You can never go wrong with a suitable fryer for your turkey’s size

Turkeys are quite big, so it’s always a good idea to take note of various precautions to avoid any accidents from happening. Make sure that the size of your fryer is big enough for the turkey to fit in so that all parts can be cooked at the same pace, as well as to avoid any spillage of the hot oil.

The extra large fryer is perfect for up to a 20 pound turkey and is the most popular size. The 5L and large size fryers will accommodate a 14 pound turkey

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Now you can surprise your guests and excite their appetite with one of the best deep fried turkey dishes.

Help with the Side Dishes

We’ve found many people on Thanksgiving need more than one oven to take care of the many delectable dishes to accompany the crown jewel turkey!  One amazing lifesaver is this countertop oven which is big enough to handle two 13X9 pans at one time.  It saves us so much time when we can cook both dishes at once instead of having each wait their turn. It works great for mashed potatoes, stuffing, even macaroni and cheese right on the countertop.

Turkey is always a delicious choice for meals, and you can never go wrong with it. It’s loved by many, especially when prepared well. If you follow the steps above, you will have a dinner nobody will ever forget.