How To Deep-Fry Turkey
Cajun Fried Turkeys and Chow Chow were cooked for our annual Grape Harvest Festival by our friend John Brennan of Portland, Oregon. John and his wife, Kris, used to live in Louisiana and developed a love of eating and cooking Cajun food.
Cajun Fried Turkey is the best way of cooking a turkey I have ever tasted. The Cajun Fried Turkey is anything but greasy as the deep-frying process seals the outside and the turkey remains incredibly juicy, while the skin gets wonderfully crispy. These Cajun fried turkeys were a big hit at our festival!
Check out John’s famous Louisiana Crawfish Boil (Crawfish Boil Recipe – How to Cook Crawfish – How To Eat Crawfish).
Cajun Fried Turkey – How To Deep-Fry Turkey:
Turkey Fryers Safety Tips from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc:
- Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn.
- Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
- Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
- Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
- Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, hours after use.
- To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don’t mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
- The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Remember to use your best judgment when attempting to fight a fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 9-1-1 for help.
- Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pots remains dangerously hot, hours after use.
Source: This recipe was adapted from the cookbook Roger’s Cajun Cookbook by Vernon Roger, published 1987.