The trend of deep frying turkeys opened the door for deep frying other types of meats, including hams. Using a deep fryer, an appliance that takes up to 5 gallons of oil to get the job done, cuts the cooking time drastically. It seems, intuitively, that frying a large piece of meat such as a ham would render it dry and tough, but the opposite happens: deep fried hams are juicy and tender when they are fried properly.
Things You'll Need
- Turkey fryer
- Peanut oil
- Paper towels
Put the peanut oil into the cooking receptacle of the turkey fryer. The amount you use will depend on the size of the ham and the displacement it causes.
Heat the oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pat ham dry with paper towels and place it in the fryer's basket.
Lower the ham very slowly into the hot oil, making sure that the oil doesn't bubble so much that it spills out of the fryer.
Fry the ham until the instant-read cooking thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Remove the ham carefully and turn off the fryer.
Tips & Warnings
- Peanut oil is the oil most favored for deep frying meats because of its ability to reach higher temperatures without smoking, burning or affecting the taste.
- Mix up your favorite glaze and apply it after the ham has cooked.
- Be very careful when operating a turkey fryer. The large amount of hot oil can be dangerous.
- Deep fry foods of this size outside and keep children away from the unit.