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Deep-Fried Turkey

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling Cook: 35 min. + standing


16 servings

Updated: Nov. 10, 2022
This deep-fried turkey recipe will score you many oohs and aahs this Thanksgiving. It perfectly balances a crispy exterior while keeping the meat juicy and flavorful. Here's our take on how to deep-fry a turkey. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1 turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a small bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. With fingers, carefully loosen skin from turkey; rub salt mixture under skin, inside cavity and over outside of turkey. Tuck wings under turkey; tie drumsticks together. Refrigerate 18-24 hours.
    Add oil to turkey deep fryer; preheat oil to 275°. Allow turkey to stand at room temperature while oil is preheating. Place turkey on deep fry rack, breast side down. Turn burner off; carefully lower turkey into oil. Turn burner on high and heat to 350°. Adjust heat to maintain 350°. Cook turkey until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reads 170°-175°, (about 35-45 minutes total time in fryer). Remove turkey from oil. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

6 ounces cooked turkey: 589 calories, 44g fat (7g saturated fat), 154mg cholesterol, 589mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 45g protein.