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Best Ever Brined Deep-Fried Turkey

Deep-frying your turkey results in moist and flavourful meat with a super-crispy skin. Plus it takes less than an hour to cook!

December 9th, 2015

Deep frying a turkey can seem truly daunting at first (it's a heck of a lot of boiling oil to be dealing with!), but once you've tried it you will likely never go back to oven roasting your birds. It's juicy and delicious—and leaves room in the oven for loads of other dishes.
Makes 14 servings
Prep Time
Prep: 15 minutes + brining time, On the Table: 60 minutes
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 13- to 14-lb turkey, thawed, giblets removed
  • 4-4 1/2 gal canola or peanut oil
  1. Using a commercial turkey fryer, and following manufacturer's instructions, heat oil to 375°F.

  2. Make sure the fryer is positioned well away from any children, teenagers, pets or flammable structures.

  3. Make sure the pot is only partly filled to allow for the level of the oil to increase when the turkey is added.

  4. You should also leave room to allow for the bubbling of the oil when the turkey is first added.

  5. Judge the level of oil necessary by placing the raw turkey in the empty pot and covering it with an inch or two of water. Remove the turkey, mark the level and discard the water.

  6. Mix sugar and salt together (along with whatever spices you may want to add—cayenne, garlic powder, cumin, pepper—and rub generously on the turkey.

  7. Gradually immerse the whole turkey into the hot oil a little bit at a time, giving the oil a chance to calm down before immersing more of the bird.

  8. It's a good idea to wear heavy gloves and a long sleeve shirt for protection from the inevitable spattering of the oil.

  9. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. DON'T LEAVE UNATTENDED.

  10. Fry turkey for 3 minutes per pound.

  11. Remove from oil and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.

Best Ever Brined Deep-Fried Turkey
Photography by Michael Alberstat

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