Cook up tender and tasty turkey with an outdoor or indoor turkey fryer. Deep frying keeps in the turkey’s natural juices to maximize flavor, and today’s cookers make it easier and safer than ever.
Choose Propane or Electric
A turkey fryer can be powered by propane gas or electricity, to heat a pot filled with oil to cook the turkey. They vary in size, but the larger ones can deep fry turkeys weighing up to 20 pounds.
A typical propane fryer, like models from King Kooker and Masterbuilt, includes a large pot, a burner, a rack and lifting hook. Most have a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil, and some also include a timer to prevent overcooking. Propane cookers are for outdoor use only.
Another option for outdoor use is an oil-free turkey roaster, which uses radiant heat to cook at a rate of approximately 10 minutes per pound. If you don’t have the space to cook outdoors, Butterball makes an electric turkey fryer that is suitable for indoor use.
Cook Perfect Turkey and More
When you’re frying a turkey in oil, it typically takes about four minutes per pound. Soak the turkey in warm water to make sure it’s fully thawed, and then dry it completely and add seasoning before placing it in the oil.
You can also use your deep fry cooker to boil corn and lobsters, and some even come with special baskets to steam clams, shrimp and other shellfish.