Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 10 Mins
Yield
Makes 8 servings

How to Make It

Step 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).

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Step 5

*Frozen whole turkey, thawed, may be substituted.

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