Cajun Fried Turkey

Aneisha Grinton


Mine was so tender it fell apart.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a different take on fried turkey. Rubbing the spices under the skin and marinating overnight lets the flavor permeate the meat and make the skin crispier. Wrapping the turkey with plastic wraps keeps the seasoning flavor and the trick that makes the turkey superb. It's spicy and savory in every bite.

Note: When lowering the turkey keep in mind the oil has to fill the cavity of the bird so that's why it takes so long to lower. If the oil pops a little that is normal. If the oil spits at you, then you are going to fast and slow down. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 2 votes

24 Hr
35 Min
Deep Fry


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2 Tbsp
smoked paprika
3 Tbsp
Zatarain's Creole seasoning
1/2 tsp
garlic salt
1 Tbsp
poultry seasoning
2 1/2 gal
peanut oil
14 - 20 lb

How to Make Cajun Fried Turkey


  • 1To measure the amount of oil, put the turkey in the fryer and fill with water to cover the turkey.
  • 2Remove the turkey from the fryer. Mark the water line with a crayon or marker. This tells you how much oil to use.
  • 3Remove insides - giblets and all.
  • 4Wash and the turkey.
  • 5Dry removing all moisture from turkey.
  • 6Mix all seasonings in a bowl.
  • 7Season turkey, making sure to lift skin and rub seasoning in.
  • 8Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  • 9When ready to cook, fill fryer to line with oil and set to 400 degrees. It will take an hour for the oil to get completely heated.
  • 10Remove turkey from refrigerator right after setting temp on oil. This allows it to get room temperature. Lightly pat down the outside and inside of the turkey to remove moisture. By the time the oil is heated the turkey should be room temperature.
  • 11When the oil is heated, very slowly lower turkey in the oil.
  • 12Cook for 30-40 minutes. The meat thermometer should read 165 degrees.
  • 13Allow to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

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About Cajun Fried Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #cajun, #Turkey

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