Deep-frying makes the turkey crispy on the outside and super juicy on the inside (even the white meat).
It also leaves the heat outside! You can deep-fry the turkey in either peanut or vegetable oil, your choice.
This recipe calls for a lot of bay leaves. It’s actually about 1/3 cup, so if you have crushed bay leaves you can use those.
The real secret to fried turkey is to get a good coating of the rub on the surface of the turkey before it hits the oil.
Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
Okay, let’s see the recipe. This is for 12 servings. You need about 6 ingredients and approx 15 minutes to prepare, at all.
- Course: Main Dish, Launch, Dinner
- Servings: 12
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Author: The Spruce Eats
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED
- 25 medium bay leaves
- 3 tbsp Creole seasoning
- 1 tbsp dried thyme
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW
In a spice grinder, grind the bay leaves into a fine powder. Place in a small bowl. Also grind the thyme, oregano, peppercorns.
Add all ingredients to bowl and mix together. Divide into three equal parts.
Rub one part on the inside of the turkey; rub the second part under the skin around the breasts; and rub the last portion over the outside of the turkey.
Refrigerate overnight. Cook your turkey and enjoy!
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