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How Long Does it Take to Deep Fry a Turkey?

J. Vigotsky Jan 17th 2018

How Long Does it Take to Deep Fry a Turkey?

While roasting turkey in an oven is certainly the most traditional method,  deep frying is becoming an increasingly popular alternative. Resulting in an extremely moist turkey that possesses delicious, crispy skin, deep frying is a cooking method that every serious chef should be well-versed in. This article will cover some important deep frying guidelines and also answer the question, “How long does it take to deep fry a turkey?”

We’ll start with how long it takes to deep fry a turkey. The answer: it depends. Variables like the size of your turkey and the heat at which the turkey is being deep fried both have an effect on how long it takes. Turkeys that weigh between 10 and 13 pounds should be fried 3 minutes per pound, while turkeys that weigh between 14 and 20 pounds should be deep fried for 3.5 minutes per pound. Here is a detailed, easy-to-read chart that simplifies the math:

Weight Time to Cook  
10 Lbs. 30 minutes
11 Lbs. 33 minutes
12 Lbs. 36 minutes
13 Lbs. 39 minutes
14 Lbs. 49 minutes
15 Lbs. 52.5 minutes
16 Lbs. 56 minutes
17 Lbs. 59.5 minutes
18 Lbs. 63 minutes
19 Lbs. 66.5 minutes
20 Lbs. 70 minutes

Some important guidelines:

  • Make sure that a turkey is totally thawed and completely dry prior to frying. It should have an empty cavity and be injected with a marinade for best results. Ideally, this marinade should be injected evenly throughout the turkey, and the turkey should be left to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.  
  • To be certain that the turkey is thoroughly cooked, confirm that its internal temperature is between 180-190°F.
  • After the turkey has finished frying, let it sit for 10-20 minutes before carving it.
  • It takes roughly 3 hours for the fryer’s oil to completely cool down. The oil can be used re-used twice more, but it starts to break down after its third use.

The pleasure of consuming a mouth-watering deep fried turkey await you. Be sure to check back for other tips related to cooking, nutrition, and the foodservice industry.