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The best fried turkey
Prep Time
1 d
resting time
20 mins

​Life-altering, literally THE BEST fried turkey recipe you will ever eat. Step-by-step instructions, delcious rub and injection marinade recipes included!

Course: dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: deep-fried turkey, fried turkey injection, fried turkey rub
Servings: 22
Calories: 211 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 large turkey under 18 lbs
  • 1 injection syringe
  • 3 gallons peanut oil
Turkey Rub
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp onion salt
  • 1 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
Turkey Injection Marinade
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup oil canola or vegetable
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 large lemon fresh, squeezed
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  1. Thaw your turkey completely, rinse and pat dry. Mix your injection marinade ingredients together and fill syringe. Poke 1 hole and move the needle into different positions as you push out marinade into the turkey. Do this in different parts of the birds, making as little holes as possible with getting the marinade in as much of the bird as possible. 

  2. Mix the rub spices together and rub all over bird, in cavity and in under skin also. Wrap turkey in cling wrap so it is completely covered and refrigerate 1 hour -24 hours. The longer the better!

  3. When ready to fry fill pot with water to first fill line, cover turkey in airtight bag and submerse into water to ensure the water will not over flow when placed in the hot oil. Mark water line. You want the turkey completely submerged in oil. 

  4. Dry pot and add peanut oil to marked line. Preheat oil to 275. Remove from plastic wrap and pat dry one more time. When oil reaches temp add turkey to bucket and lower using the hanger/hook. Wear gloves to protect hands and arms from oil splattering. 

  5. Insert thermometer probe and close lid. Allow oil to heat to 325. Cook until Internal temp of turkey reaches 165 degrees. Remove from oil and let rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. 

Recipe Notes


To calculate how much turkey you will need, plan on 1-1.5 lb's per person. But remember a typical turkey fryer cannot hold a turkey larger than about 18 lb's.

Nutrition Facts
The best fried turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Potassium 299mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.