How Many Minutes Per Pound to Deep-Fry a Turkey?

According to the Food Network website, a turkey should be deep-fried for 3 minutes per pound. An additional 5 minutes per bird is needed before the turkey is removed from the oil.

Turkey is a traditional dish served during Thanksgiving. The 1621 celebratory meal, conventionally known as "The First Thanksgiving" was a feast shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag natives. It featured a variety of foods including turkey, lobster, venison, clams, fruits, pumpkins and waterfowl. Over time, the turkey has become a common fare in most Thanksgiving dinners.

Thanksgiving turkeys are customarily filled with a stuffing of herbs and vegetables and then roasted in the oven. However, deep-frying a turkey has recently gained traction and is now being served during Thanksgiving. The quick and easy steps for a deep-fried turkey recipe are provided below.

  1. Completely thaw out the turkey. Frying a frozen or partly frozen bird may cause vapor explosions.
  2. Wash the turkey and pat dry it thoroughly.
  3. Knead the seasoning all over the turkey.
  4. Apply a coating of dry rub before letting the bird sit, until it matches room temperature.
  5. Heat oil in a turkey fryer up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Deep-fry the bird for 3 minutes per pound with an extra 5 minutes per bird.
  7. Remove the turkey from oil, drain and serve.

An average 10-pound turkey yields 6 to 8 servings.