Southern Deep-Fried Turkey

Southern Deep-Fried Turkey
Makes 12
Prep 45 m
Cook 16 m
Fry 3 - 4 m
Fry per pound



  1. 1 of 5 Follow directions on your turkey fryer for amount of oil (we used a scant 2 gallons). Pour oil into fryer and heat as per manufacturer's directions.
  2. 2 of 5 Let turkey sit at room temperature for 45 minutes on a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside giblets for gravy. Pat dry (including the cavity) with paper towels.
  3. 3 of 5 Melt 3 tbsp of the butter in a microwave- safe bowl. Whisk in 1 1/4 cups of the tea, the lemon juice, molasses, paprika, celery salt, mustard powder and 1/2 tsp each of the salt and pepper. Inject as much of the mixture as you can into breast, thighs and drumsticks.
  4. 4 of 5 Place turkey in fryer basket and carefully lower into hot oil as per manufacturer's directions. Cover and fry turkey 3 to 4 minutes per pound, until meat registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Let oil drain from turkey for 20 minutes. Carefully remove turkey from fryer basket and transfer to a serving platter.
  5. 5 of 5 While turkey is frying, prepare gravy. In a medium pot, heat remaining 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Stir in giblets; saute 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Whisk in stock and remaining 1/4 cup tea. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, until thickened. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Keep covered over very low heat until turkey is ready.
Nutrition Information for Southern Deep-Fried Turkey
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Per Serving: 620 kcal cal., 270 mg chol., 33 g Fat, total, 10 g sat. fat, 0 g fiber, 7 g carb., 460 mg sodium, 70 g pro.