If you’ve never tried deep fried turkey before them we’re very sorry indeed to tell you that you’ve been missing out! If we’re being honest, turkey is delicious any way you prepare it, but there’s just something so deep and flavourful about the crunch of deep fried turkey that really hits the spot. Different people make it in all different ways, though, so we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled lately for new things to try!
Just in case you also love the idea of learning new ways to make deep fried turkey, or even just learning how to make it in the first place, here are 15 of the very best ideas, flavour combinations, and recipes that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Classic deep fried turkey
Just in case you’re a beginner in this particular part of the cooking world, here’s a fantastic tutorial from Food Network that will take you right back to the basics of it! We adore the way this recipe shows you precisely how classic deep fried turkey is made step by step, breaking it down so that the process feels a lot easier than it might seem at first glance.
2. Garlic and herb deep fried turkey
Even though you adore the simple taste of the classic recipe, are you also the kind of person who is always open to putting a subtle twist on your favourite things if it means getting a little extra flavour? Well, if you’ve ever been a garlic lover, then we really think you’ll get a kick out of the way Kirbie Cravings made this garlic and herb deep fried turkey instead!
3. Buttered and salted deep fried turkey
If you’re already planning on deep frying your entire turkey, then we’d be willing to bed that tonight is probably not a night during which you’re concerning yourself with things like calorie counts! If you’d like to make it taste a little extra golden and delicious, then, we think you simply must take a look at the way The Wooden Skillet buttered and salted theirs as well.
4. Oil-less deep fried turkey
Have you always been a huge fan of the taste of deep fried turkey but you’re just not sure that you want to be working with all that oil when it comes to the actual preparation of it? In that case, we have a strong feeling you’re going to get a kick out of the way Steamy Kitchen found an alternative method! We’re kind of obsessed with their recipe that shows you precisely how to deep fry a turkey in a way that’s completely oil-less.
5. Chipotle deep fried turkey
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about this whole idea of adding lots of flavour to your deep friend turkey but you’re also the kind of person who always prefers a bit of a kick when it comes to seasoning just about anything at all? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect kitchen enthusiast to give this chipotle deep fried turkey recipe outlined step by step on Kirbie Cravings a try!
6. Italian seasoned deep fried turkey
Just in case you’re the kind of cook who likes to gather as many options for things like flavour and seasoning as possible before you actually make your decision, here’s another alternative for your consideration! Take a look at how Oh Sweet Basil not only deep fried their turkey from beginning to end, but also added an Italian herb seasoning that’s basically irresistible.
7. Peanut oil deep fried turkey
Maybe you’ve been thinking about deep frying your next turkey for a while now but you couldn’t help wondering whether or not there might be an alternative that’s ever so slightly healthier, or perhaps just that provides a unique and slightly different taste than you’re used to? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Unsophisticook made theirs using peanut oil as an alternative to most of the recipes you’ve seen so far!
8. Cajun deep fried turkey
Just in case the chipotle idea we showed you earlier on wasn’t quite enough flavour and kick for you for your next deep fried turkey dinner, here’s an idea that might be even a little closer to what you’re looking for! Take a better look at this recipe and tutorial from Home Depot to see how they both fried and seasoned their bird to absolute perfection.
9. Memphis fried turkey
Maybe it’s not really spice that you’re looking for specifically but rather just a whole pile of great taste? Well, if deep, smoky flavours are the kind that appeal to you the most, then we’re convinced that you’ll get a real kick out of the way Food Network made this Memphis fried turkey by combining smoked paprika, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, and thyme!
10. Louisiana style deep fried turkey
We know we’ve done white a lot of talking about how some people like their deep fried turkey quite spicy, but that’s because it’s such a common and classic twist on things and there are just so many different ways to make it happen! If you’re still scrolling through our list thinking about how you really just want something that will give a real kick with each bite, then we think you simply must give this Louisiana style turkey from Fine Cooking a try. It’s made with straight up hot sauce!
11. Cayenne pepper and brown sugar deep fried turkey
Just because you do want to add some spice to your turkey does not, of course, mean that you can’t throw some other flavours into the mix as well. There are all kinds of ways to give the spice that you’re looking for depth with other ingredients! This delicious deep fried turkey brined in cayenne pepper and brown sugar by Food & Wine is the perfect example of what we mean.
12. Stuffing fried turkey tenders
Have you actually been scrolling through our list looking at each delicious recipe and wondering whether or not there might be some way to make the basic idea of deep fried turkey a little more kid friendly, since yours tend to be slightly picky eaters sometimes? In that case, we have a feeling these delicious stuffing fried turkey tenders featured in awesome detail on Bon Appetit might be a little more up your alley!
13. Breaded pan fried turkey cutlets
Did we actually really pique your attention when we started talking about the idea of making breaded or battered deep fried turkey because you do know your kids would eat it, but you’re just as interested and you’re not sure restaurant style fingers are really the direction you want to go with your own dinner? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Melanie Cooks made these wonderful breaded and pan fried turkey cutlets instead!
14. Brined brown sugar deep fried turkey
Perhaps the idea we’ve mentioned that has caught your attention the best of everything so far was actually that of including brown sugar somewhere in the mix but you’re not sure you want to mask its wonderfully sweet flavour with other things? Then we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at how Jamie Geller allowed brown sugar to take centre stage in their recipe.
15. Honey, bourbon, and pecan deep fried turkey
Are you feeling quite interested indeed in the idea of making a sweeter deep fried turkey recipe as opposed to a savoury or spicy one but you’re looking for a little more of a challenge than just the simple brown sugar glaze you’re used to? Then we’re pretty sure Creative Culinary has just the recipe for you! Their tutorial walks you step by step through the process of making this deep fried turkey with honey, bourbon, and pecan glaze.
Do you have another favourite way to prepare your deep fried turkey when you make it that always goes over well with friends and family but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about it or link us to the recipe in the comments section so we can try it out too!