Cajun Deep Fried Turkey – Best Deep Fried Turkey Recipe

The Best Deep Fried Turkey Recipe

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and your family is looking forward to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. If you've served plain old baked turkey for years, you are probably looking for a change. This Cajun Deep Fried Turkey Recipe is the best around. Turn your Thanksgiving into a feast from the bayou.


  • 2 cups butter
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid Zatarian's Concentrated Crab and Shrimp Boil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic juice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion juice
  • 12 fluid ounces beer
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 3 gallons peanut oil for frying
  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

Deep Fried Turkey Directions

  1. Over a medium heat, melt the butter in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the onion juice, garlic juice, hot sauce, beer, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, liquid crab boil, apple cider, onion powder, thyme, cloves, honey, and oregano.
  3. Stir this mixture until it is well blended.
  4. Use a marinade injecting syringe or turkey baster with an injector tip to inject the marinade throughout the turkey. (Be sure to inject the legs, back, wings, thighs and breasts)
  5. Place the turkey into a large plastic bag and marinate overnight in the refrigerator. (If your turkey is large, you can use an extra large oven bag)
  6. When you are ready to fry your turkey, measure the amount of oil needed by lowering the turkey into the fryer and filling with enough oil to cover it.
  7. After measuring, remove the turkey and set it aside until the oil is heated.
  8. Heat the peanut oil to 365 °F.
  9. When the peanut oil temperature has reached 365 °F, lower the turkey into the oil slowly using the hanging device that comes with turkey deep-fryers.
  10. The entire turkey should be completely submerged in the peanut oil.
  11. Cook for 36 minutes, or 3 minutes per pound of turkey.
  12. The turkey is done when the temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 °F .
  13. Turn off the flame and slowly remove the turkey from the oil, making sure all of the oil drains out of the cavity.
  14. Allow the turkey to sit on a serving platter for about 20 minutes before carving.

Combine the best turkey injection recipe with our crawfish stuffing recipe to serve a Thanksgiving meal fit for the king of the bayou.

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  3. Kristin
    I made my first deep fried turkey for Thanksgiving. It was so good.

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