Cajun Fried Turkey
With crispy, golden-brown skin, moist, juicy meat, and a little bit of heat, our Cajun Fried Turkey is an unforgettable holiday centerpiece. This beautiful, golden bird also puts off the most incredible aroma (Think KFC fried chicken, but better) while cooking, so don't be surprised if you end up with some spectators. Seasoning the bird right after it comes out of the fryer will help the dry seasonings adhere better, making for a better-tasting bird. Frying a turkey is not for the faint of heart, and it can be intimidating, but the results are worth it. Your best course of action is planning ahead, going at this with a buddy, and heeding the proper safety precautions (See Notes). Additionally, this is not the time to skimp on your equipment. The oil's temperature will significantly drop when you lower the bird into the pot, so don't panic.
Frying a turkey can be dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not followed. Always make sure your turkey is thawed and dry before frying – mixing ice or water with hot oil can cause the oil to overflow and potentially ignite causing a grease fire. Never fry in an enclosed space or over a wooden surface like a deck. Always turn the burner off before slowly submerging the turkey in the hot oil. Never try to move a turkey fryer filled with hot oil. Keep children and pets away from the fryer and never leave a hot fryer unattended. If available, try to have an ABC fire extinguisher nearby when using a turkey fryer.