Deep Fry Turkey Safely – Have you ever had a deep fried turkey?
If not, you are missing the best turkey ever.
The skin on a fried turkey is incredibly crispy while the inside of the turkey is very moist. A Cajun trick to having the turkey’s skin crispy is to rub mustard all over the turkey. I promise you do not taste the mustard. It just helps make the skin crispy. The secret to having a super moist Cajun turkey is injecting it with a Cajun marinade. It is not only moist but incredibly flavorful.
GREW UP WITH FRIED TURKEY
I grew up eating fried turkey, but I was always afraid of frying a turkey and did not want my husband to fry one either. If you think frying a turkey is unsafe, you will have to try an electric Butterball fryer. This Butterball electric fryer was much safer than using a propane gas fryer. It is a gigantic fryer that held my 16-pound turkey. Although this fryer is made to be used indoors, I set a table on my back porch where my husband fried our turkey.
I love my Butterball electric fryer. I did not get paid for this post, but only wanted to share my opinion of this fryer.
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How to Deep Fry a Turkey?
- Large Turkey - I fried a 16-pound turkey.
- Two bottles of Cajun Injector/Creole Butter If you have a turkey less than 14 pounds, you can use one bottle
- Cajun seasoning - enough to season the outside of the turkey well. About two tablespoons.
- Yellow Mustard - about 1/3 cup
- Follow the manufacturer's recommended amount of Peanut oil.
- Thaw turkey completely. This will take 24 hours per 4 pounds to thaw in the refrigerator.
- THE DAY BEFORE COOKING THE TURKEY
- Remove everything from inside the turkey.
- We placed our turkey in a large trash bag.
- Use the Cajun injector and inject one bottle of Cajun seasoning into each side of the turkey.
- Allow the turkey to marinate overnight.
- Fill the fryer will Peanut oil to the manufacturer's recommended fill line.
- Heat the oil to 375 degrees.
- Use paper towels and pat the turkey dry including the cavity.
- Rub the outside of the turkey down with the yellow mustard.
- Sprinkle the turkey well Cajun seasoning.
- Place the turkey breast side down in the fryer or fryer basket.
- Slowly place the turkey in the hot 375 oil.
- Fry turkey 3 to 4 minutes per pound.
- Fry the turkey until it reaches 165 degrees in the breast. Use a meat thermometer.
- The turkey will continue to cook when it is removed from the oil and resting.
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