TURKEY FRYING 101
Get your marinades & spices ready
Preparing your ingredients prior to frying a turkey can save a lot of time. You'll need to make sure you've prepared the right marinades and spices for the turkey. Academy Sports + Outdoors carries a great selection of popular turkey frying prep items such as marinades, spices, frying oil, trays and dishes, and turkey frying equipment.
Prep your fryer
Deep-Fry your turkey outside. If using an electric fryer, you may be able to fry indoors. Please refer to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure you're far away from homes, garages, wooden decks, and anything else flammable in a dry and ventilated area.
It is important to set the gas burner on a level surface so that the fryer doesn't tip over. Keep the propane tank as far away from the fryer as possible, and also make sure it does not become a trip hazard.
To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer basket and place it on the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered. Remove the turkey, allowing the water to drain from the turkey back into the fryer. Measure and mark the line, and use that line as a guide when adding oil to the propane fryer. The level should be at least 5-inches below the rim.
Prep your bird
There are a variety of spices and marinades available for your turkey available online and in-store. Marinade your turkey prior to frying.
Dry the turkey thoroughly afterward with paper towels and prepare your turkey with the spices and marinades of your choice. Make sure your turkey is completely dry before frying to avoid fire hazards.
Cook the turkey 3-4 minutes per pound. Once the turkey begins to float to the top of the oil-fry for 15 additional minutes. Remove the turkey and place on a clean platter. Turn off the flame and let the oil completely cool making sure it's away from any potential trip hazards.
Step 1 Get your marinades & spices ready
Before you even begin to fry a turkey, make sure you have all the ingredients your recipe calls for. Marinades and spices should be at the top of the list, as well as peanut oil. This healthy trans-fat free oil does not absorb food flavors, making it the ideal oil for frying up turkeys.
Step 2 Prep your fryer
You’ll definitely need pots, pans and stands to prep your bird. Check out Academy Sports + Outdoors' large assortment of pots, including the Outdoor Gourmet Pan with dual basket, the Outdoor Gourmet Aluminum, and more.
Step 3 Prep your bird
Take your cooking to the next level with barbecue marinades and injections! Easily boost your turkey’s quality and flavor profile with any of these marinades and injections, which will deliver the moist and flavorful results that everyone craves during the holidays. Marinades are commonly used to tenderize meat and infuse flavor (or both), as the acids in marinades and injections help break down tissue, resulting in tender meat.
Step 4 Fry it!
Deep-frying a turkey can be accomplished through many methods. One of the most common techniques entails frying the turkey on a stand with a propane turkey fryers.
If you prefer not to deal with the mess that comes along with deep-frying turkey (or if you simply prefer a healthier option), you can rely on the various oil-less fryers we offer at Academy Sports + Outdoors. Oil-less turkey fryers offer the same tastes and qualities of deep-fried turkey, but without all the messy oil splatters. Select from our two different brands of oil-less turkey fryers, including Charbroil and Butterball.