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Martha Stewart's Fried Turkey Recipe


Martha Stewart's Fried Turkey Recipe guarantees the juicy meat and crispy skin that are the hallmarks of deep-fried turkey. Although deep frying can be intimidating, you can't beat the deliciousness that is deep-fried turkey.

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  • 10 to 14 pound fresh turkey
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 3 fluid ounces garlic oil or juice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons Cajun or Creole hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 25 medium whole bay leaves
  • 3 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons hot Creole seasoning
  • 4 to 5 gallons peanut oil


Servings 16
Preparation time 25mins
Cooking time 100mins


Step 1

For the injection sauce, mix chicken broth, garlic oil or juice, salt, hot sauce, cayenne and Worcestershire sauce.

For the rub, finely grind bay leaves in spice grinder or coffee grinder. Place in small bowl. Grind thyme, oregano and peppercorns similarly, and add to bay leaves with garlic powder and hot Creole seasoning. Mix. Divide into three equal parts.

Wash turkey inside and out under cold running water; pat dry. Using a hypodermic needle or a baster with a threaded needle, shoot injection sauce throughout the meaty portions of the turkey. Do this about 24 hours before you cook the turkey.

At the same time, rub 1/3 spice mixture on inside of turkey, 1/3 under skin of breasts, and 1/3 on outside of turkey; place in roasting pan.

Cover; marinate overnight in refrigerator or up to 24 hours.

Bring turkey to room temperature, which will take about 30 minutes.

Using a wooden skewer, thread neck flap securely to bottom of turkey. Fold wing tips under. Using steel or aluminum wire, truss legs and Pope's nose together securely; form a handle with wire. This will enable you to hold turkey while submerging in hot oil. (This procedure may be unnecessary if you have a fryer kit, some of which use a hook through the turkey for dipping the bird in the oil and some of which use a basket; follow the manufacturer's directions.)

Heat oil in pot until temperature registers 350°F. Holding turkey by handle, immerse in oil. Maintain temperature at 350°F while frying. Fry until golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes, or 3 minutes per pound.

Lift turkey from oil and check for doneness with an instant-read thermometer. It should be 180°F in the thigh or 170°F in the breast. If it's done, transfer to wire rack over a roasting pan. Drain for 15 minutes.

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