Fried Turkey Recipe?

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A delicious fried turkey just pullled out of the oven.

Cash Lesley, Managing Editor

“Kentucky Fried Turkey?”

3 words, 9493 views, and a team of very confused Peak staffers. Somehow, against all odds, our most popular story has become an advertisement for a limited time ready-made Thanksgiving dinner from:


Yes, that KFC. Not even a review, this was straight up an informational piece directing readers’ attention to a local KFC’s sale of ready-made Thanksgiving meals. Nothing against the restaurant of course, it’s a great idea, and the article was well made too, but I mean come on: 9493— Sorry, make that 9499 views? 

Our second most viewed article, “Comparing The Hate U Give and Dear Martin”, has 1708 views. That’s slightly under 18% of our “Kentucky Fried Turkey?” article. How this has come to be we do not know, but one thing that is clear is that readers seem to enjoy clicking articles about KFC’s Cajun Deep Fried Thanksgiving Turkey. Or something like that, again we’re really not sure what led to so many individual instances of people clicking on this article. It seems we struck gold once, so why not try it again? Anyways here it goes, this is how you can cook your very own Cajun deep fried turkey:

Cajun Deep Fried Turkey Recipe

*Recipe sourced from the user Peg in East Tennessee from 
 Original posting:

Equipment (in order of use):

  • Large saucepan
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing spoon
  • Marinade injector
  • Large plastic bag or even an oven bag depending on the size of your turkey
  • A turkey fryer
  • A turkey lifter (typically included with the turkey fryer)
For the Marinade:
  • 2 cups of butter
  • ¼ cup of garlic juice
  • ¼ cup of onion juice
  • ¼ cup of Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup of “Louisiana style” hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 7 fl. oz beer
For frying the Turkey:
  • ~3 gal peanut oil
  • 1 turkey with the neck and the giblets removed (approx. 12 lbs)
  1. Melt butter in large saucepan (medium heat)
  2. Add garlic juice, onion juice, Worcestershire sauce, “Louisiana style” hot sauce, black and cayenne pepper, and beer.
  3. Mix until fully blended.
  4. Using the marinade injection to inject, well, the marinade throughout the entire turkey.
    • This includes the legs, back, wings, thighs, breasts, etc. Get it all!
  5. Place the turkey in the bag and then leave in the fridge overnight to marinate.
  6. Once it is time to fry the turkey, measure out however much oil you need by lowering the turkey into the turkey fryer and then filling the fryer with oil until the turkey is fully submerged.
  7. Set the turkey down out of the way and heat the oil in the turkey fryer to 365°F
  8. Once the correct temperature has been reached, lower the turkey into the turkey fryer using the turkey lifter.
  9. Cook for 3 minutes for each lb of turkey.
  10. After turning off the flame from the fryer carefully remove the turkey from the oil, letting any oil drain out.
  11. Let sit on a serving platter for at least 20 minutes before you start carving.


Maybe this will satiate y’all’s craving for fried turkey, or maybe it won’t. Either way, we hope you enjoy this delicious Thanksgiving recipe!