How to Cook in an Electric Turkey Fryer

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People who have tried deep-fried turkey often swear they would not eat poultry any other way. An electric turkey fryer makes the job easy and eliminates the need for buying, storing and refilling propane gas tanks. Using the appliance requires some safety procedures due to the boiling oil used for frying, but the deep fryer really does all the work--and does it in a flash compared to oven roasting.

Things You'll Need

  • Meat and oil thermometers
  • Knife
  • Marinade injector
  • Stove mitts
  • Peanut oil
  • Safety goggles
  • Fire extinguisher

Thaw the turkey completely to prevent a dangerous boil-over of hot oil. Placing a frozen or even partially frozen bird into boiling oil can cause an instantaneous explosion and grease fire.

Clean the bird, removing the giblets and neck bone from the inner cavity. Blot the turkey dry with paper towels.

Inject the turkey with your preferred marinade beneath the skin and deep into the flesh for maximum flavor. Adding orange or lemon juice helps tenderize the poultry.

Cut an incision about 1 inch long and 1 inch deep into the joints where the thighs attach to the body. This helps hot oil drain after cooking.

Fill the deep fryer with peanut oil. Place the bird in the frying bucket before the unit is turned on. Then fill it with water to about 1 inch over the bird. Remove the turkey, mark the water level inside the bucket and discard the water. The mark line is your fill level for peanut oil.

Turn on the electric deep fryer outdoors, placing it a safe distance from buildings and cars.

Check the oil temperature. The fryer is ready when the oil reaches 350 degrees F.

Place the turkey in the fryer rack and attach the hook.

Lower the turkey into the hot oil very slowly, wearing stove mitts and safety goggles. Be prepared for sputtering and popping as the oil temperature adjusts rapidly. Do not drop the bird in the peanut oil.

Deep-fry the turkey for 3 1/2 minutes per pound at 350 degrees F. Add 5 to 10 minutes of frying time for crispier skin.

Get a large, disposable aluminum pan and place it on a convenient table for transferring the turkey when done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different marinades for injecting under the skin of the turkey.
  • Hot oil is flammable, explosive and dangerous. Never leave a deep-fryer unattended or alone with children.

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