Recipe courtesy of Jamie Deen
Southern Fried Turkey
Total:
2 hr 25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
2 hr 25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 gallons peanut oil
  • One 14-pound turkey, giblets removed
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • Fresh herbs, for garnish

Directions

Heat the oil to 400 degrees F in a deep-fryer. Allow about 1 hour for the oil to come up to temperature and be sure to fry in an open area. 

Remove the turkey from the refrigerator and let come up to room temperature. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Whisk together the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, black pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. 

Sprinkle the turkey generously inside the cavity and out with the spice rub. Use your fingers to separate the skin from the breasts and rub the spice mixture into the meat. Carefully and slowly lower the turkey, legs pointing down, into the deep-fryer and fry until a thermometer reads 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, about 3 minutes per pound, 42 to 45 minutes. 

Transfer the turkey to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack and let rest for 30 minutes before carving. Do not cover with foil while it rests or you will lose the beautiful crispness of the skin. Place on a serving platter and garnish with fresh herbs.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Fried Brussels Sprout Salad

Fried Turkey

Recipe courtesy of Nealey Dozier

Southern Fried Catfish

Recipe courtesy of Young Sun Huh

Southern Fried Chicken

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Unwrapped

7am | 6c

Unwrapped

7:30am | 6:30c

Unwrapped

8am | 7c

Unwrapped

8:30am | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30am | 8:30c

Donut Showdown

10:30am | 9:30c

Donut Showdown

11am | 10c

Sugar Showdown

11:30am | 10:30c

Sugar Showdown

12pm | 11c

Sugar Showdown

12:30pm | 11:30c
1pm | 12c
3pm | 2c
4pm | 3c

Cake Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Dinner at Tiffani's

8pm | 7c

Tia Mowry at Home

8:30pm | 7:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

9:30pm | 8:30c

Unwrapped

10pm | 9c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Tia Mowry at Home

12:30am | 11:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

1am | 12c

Unwrapped 2.0

1:30am | 12:30c

Unwrapped

2am | 1c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here