The tradition in my family has always been to roast our Thanksgiving Day turkey using the oven, which meant we’d spend hours in the kitchen, but with the arrival of propane-fueled deep fryers we’ve found a better and easier way.
Needless to say, this year we’re providing our oven with a much needed rest, and frying up our bird instead. For a mouthwatering deep fried Thanksgiving turkey, you’ll definitely want to adhere to the following steps.
Always Remember to Put Your Safety First
Before frying up your thanksgiving turkey, you will want to ensure that the area you choose for frying isn’t near any structures, trees or anything else that may be flammable. You’ll also want to ensure that your little ones, whether they are kids or pets, keep their distance at all times. Keep fire extinguishers nearby; just in case. And, finally, always remember to be safe while cooking.
5 Steps to the Perfect Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey
- Season the Turkey
The night before you’re planning to fry up your thanksgiving turkey, make your marinade, or season your completely defrosted turkey. Remove the neck and giblets and inject the marinade/seasoning into the bird as well. Cover with an oven bag and refrigerate overnight. On Thanksgiving Day, proceed to the following steps for a tender, mouthwatering feast.
- Add the Oil
I highly recommend using peanut oil. Being that peanut oil is one of the most highly saturated vegetable-derived oils, you’ll get a crisper turkey. Before lowering the turkey into the oil however, you should first measure it. One of the simplest ways to do this is by putting the turkey in first and then adding the oil until the turkey is just about covered. Remove turkey and proceed to step #3.
- Check the Temperature
Heat the oil in your propane-fueled deep fryer to 350 degrees. Then when desired temperature has been reached, proceed to placing the turkey in the hot oil slowly, very slowly. For best results, make sure the cavity of the bird is facing down, as this allows the oil to completely drain when it’s time to remove it from the fryer.
- Fry the Turkey
Once the bird has been added to the fryer, you should immediately cover it, and fry for three minutes per pound – so a 20 pound turkey should take a total of 60 minutes to cook. Much less time than it would take in the oven. When the thickest part of the turkey reaches 180 degrees, remove and let stand for at least 10 minutes, in order to retain moisture.
- Serve to Guests…and Enjoy!
No directions needed here.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Arizona Propane!