Thanksgiving 101: How to Fry a Turkey Slideshow
Prep the Turkey
Begin with a clean, dry turkey, with the giblets and neck removed. The turkey should be room temperature before proceeding.
Season the Turkey
Rub the turkey with your preferred dried seasoning. Be sure to season the turkey thoroughly, both outside and inside the cavity, to ensure deep flavor.
Fill the fryer no more than 3/4 full with peanut oil. Too much oil can cause a fire — do not overfill! Heat the oil to 350 degrees and carefully lower the turkey into the fryer, wearing an oven mitt to protect your hands.
Cook The Turkey
Calculate the cooking time at three minutes per pound plus five minutes per bird. (So a 20-pound bird would require 65 minutes of frying time.) Make sure the turkey remains fully submerged while it cooks and keep the temperature at 350 degrees while frying.