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Creole Deep-Fried Turkey

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 10 mins
Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Peanut oil (about 3 gal.)
  • 1 (12- to 14-lb.) whole fresh turkey*
  • 4 tablespoons Creole seasoning

How to Make It

  1. Pour oil into a deep propane turkey fryer 10 to 12 inches from top; heat to 350° over a medium-low flame according to manufacturer's instructions (about 45 minutes).

  2. Meanwhile, remove giblets and neck from turkey, and rinse turkey with cold water. Drain cavity well; pat dry. Loosen and lift skin from turkey with fingers, without totally detaching skin; spread 1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning under skin. Carefully replace skin. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning inside cavity; rub into cavity. Sprinkle outside of turkey with remaining 2 Tbsp. Creole seasoning; rub into skin. Let turkey stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  3. Place turkey on fryer rod. Carefully lower turkey into hot oil with rod attachment.

  4. Fry 35 to 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of thigh registers 165° (about 3 minutes per pound plus an additional 5 minutes. Keep oil temperature between 300° and 325°). Remove turkey from oil; drain and let stand 30 minutes before slicing.

  5. *Frozen whole turkey, thawed, may be substituted.