Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and of course, food. This year, why not try something new in the kitchen? Deep frying your turkey can give it a crispy outer skin and moist, juicy meat. But what about the injection recipes? Butter is a classic choice for turkey injections, but there are plenty of other flavors that can be added to the mix.
Read on to learn more about deep fried turkey recipes.
What is a Deep Fryer and Why Use One?
A deep fryer is a kitchen appliance used for deep frying. It consists of a pot-like vessel with a basket or rack suspended inside, typically with a heating element beneath or integrated into the vessel.
Deep fryers produce food that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The low temperature of deep frying seals in the flavor and moisture of the food.
How to Use a Deep Fryer
If you’re using a deep fryer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most deep fryers have a built-in thermostat that will keep the oil at the correct temperature. If you’re not using a deep fryer, place the turkey in a large pot or Dutch oven and add enough oil to cover it by at least 1 inch. Heat the oil to 350°F.
When the oil is heated, carefully lower the turkey into the pot or fryer. Be careful not to splash the hot oil. Fry the turkey for 3 to 4 minutes per pound, or until it is golden brown and cooked through.
Once the turkey is done, remove it from the oil with a slotted spoon or wire basket and place it on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
Recipes for Turkey Injections
There are many recipes for turkey injections, but here is one of our favorites:
- In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of butter until melted. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
- Pour the butter mixture into a small bowl and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Using a syringe, inject the butter mixture into the meaty part of the turkey, being careful not to pierce through to the other side. Repeat this process until you have used up all of the butter mixture.
- Place the turkey in a large roasting pan and roast according to your recipe or package directions.
Butter can add a delicious richness to your turkey, and this injection recipe is one of the best ways to do it. The garlic powder and salt help to enhance the flavor of the butter, and injecting it into the meat ensures that every bite is packed with flavor.
Give this recipe a try the next time you’re looking for a new way to prepare your turkey!