Though there isn’t a specific size limit on the turkey you can fry, there are several factors to consider when you want to fry one.
First, ensure you are using the right amount of oil when deep-frying a turkey.
The general rule is to make sure your turkey is fully submerged into the oil when frying.
Your oil should cover your turkey by at least one or two inches.
This means you can deep fry any size of turkey so long as your fryer is big enough and you have enough oil to submerge the turkey completely.
While it’s more of a safety hazard, you should always check the amount of oil that fits in your fryer.
To make it simple, make sure the oil on top of your turkey after submerging it is not too close to the top of your fryer.
It can easily cause a fire leading to damages if the oil boils out or splashes.
Keep in mind that frying a large turkey is not the same as frying a small one.
Actually, frying a smaller bird is easier since it will take less time and cook evenly.
As much as you can fry any size you want, make sure you take the necessary precautions and use the right fryer size.
A simple tip, don’t go for the maximum size as your fryer indicates.
It’s safer when you go a little lower.
Why fry a turkey?
Frying a turkey delivers an incredible juicy with the crispiest skin bird.
Some people will say it’s a quicker method of cooking which may be true depending on the size of turkey you are cooking.
I can also say it’s a somewhat forgiving method of cooking.
If you overcook your turkey, let’s say by accident, it comes out juicer than an overcooked roast bird.
I found myself in this state and honestly, it wasn’t that bad.
How to fry a turkey
You can easily fry a turkey with this simple step by step guide:
- Thaw your turkey if it is from a freezer
- Fill your fryer with oil up to the indicated line. Don’t exceed the line.
- Preheat your oil to 375f degrees. This may take approximately one hour.
- Prep your turkey by seasoning thoroughly in all parts.
- Put your turkey into the boiling oil. Be careful as you do this.
- Let it fry for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size.
- Your turkey is now ready.