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Fried Thanksgiving Turkey


Step 1 Completely thaw turkey and remove all innards.

Step 2 Mix salt with enough water to cover the turkey in a pot or bucket large enough to fit it.

Step 3 Place turkey in brine and put bucket in refrigerator overnight.

Step 4 Put enough peanut oil in a large pot to cover turkey, about 2 1/2 to 3 gallons, and heat oil to 350 degrees.

Step 5 Remove turkey from brine and pat dry.

Step 6 Generously rub turkey with salt and pepper.

Step 7 Carefully lower the turkey into pot, cook for 3 1/2 minutes per pound.

Step 8 Remove turkey from oil and let cool before carving for 25 minutes.


  • 1 Turkey
  • 2 1/2 gallons Peanut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups salt (for brine)
  • 1 Tbsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp pepper