What Is the Recipe for Popeyes Deep-Fried Turkey?

The recipe for Popeye's deep-fried turkey uses a Cajun rub and marinade before cooking. This recipe comes from Popeye's executive chef, notes CDKitchen.

Popeye's Cajun-Fried Turkey

This deep-fried alternative to Thanksgiving dinner uses a commercial fryer. Some preparation is needed the day before.

Prep time: 20 min.

Total time: 5 hours.


  • 11 lbs. fresh or thawed whole turkey
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • For the rub:

  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup garlic pepper
  • 1/2 cup white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • For the marinade:

  • 1 lb. unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  1. Measure oil
  2. Before seasoning the turkey place it in the fryer and add water until it is covered. Drain the water and measure it. This is the amount of oil needed. Dry the fryer thoroughly before starting cooking.

  3. Make rub
  4. The night before cooking, mix the seasoning for the rub together. Cut the wings and tail off the turkey. Rub it with half the seasoning and refrigerate overnight.

  5. Make marinade
  6. Melt the butter. Stir in other seasoning ingredients and inject into the thickest parts of the turkey.

  7. Cook
  8. Heat oil to 365 F. Cook the turkey on a rack or basket for 3-4 minutes per pound. Remove from oil and allow it to stand for 20 minutes before carving.