This is the 18th post in our series titled “Twenty Two Thanksgiving Turkey Tips”. Each day between now and Thanksgiving we’ll have a new tip for you. Today’s tip talks about How Long You Deep Fry Your Turkey For:
Deep frying a turkey really takes no time at all compared to the traditional route of roasting. If you want to know how long to cook your turkey for then you can follow this simple tip. Shoot for 3 ½ minutes per pound and you will be set to go. You can try 4 minutes per pound, as some people do, but honestly you run the risk of drying your bird out that way. We suggest to stick to 3 ½ minutes per pound and everything be just fine. If you are worried about under cooking your bird you can always use a meat thermometer to know for sure when your bird is done.
Here’s a simple time graph to follow for deep frying turkey:
Turkey Weight Deep Fry Time
8 pounds 28 minutes
10 pounds 35 minutes
12 pounds 42 minutes
14 pounds 49 minutes
16 pounds 56 minutes
18 pounds 63 minutes
20 pounds 70 minutes
As you can see from this chart, the time to cook deep fried turkey is much quicker compared to that of a roasted turkey. A whole 20 pound turkey takes only 70 minutes to prepare, that’s only a little over an hour!
When it comes to cooking times, if you have read our “How To Clean & Prep Your Turkey Before Deep Frying It” post, you should have known to save your sticker from your turkey which indicates how much your turkey weighs. This way you will know exactly how long to cook your bird for without error. If you follow this chart and our cooking time suggestion (3 ½ minutes per pound) your turkey should come out golden, delicious and cooked perfectly every time.
For more information of this topic or to clear up any questions you may have, watch this instructional video on “How Long To Cook A Turkey”:
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