How to Deep Fry a Turkey with Propane

Using Propane for Frying a Turkey

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There are many different ways to cook a turkey other than the conventional oven method. If you are looking for something different this year, try using a turkey fryer! Your turkey won't taste the same without using AmeriGas Propane. We have the secret invisible ingredient that will take your frying skills from average to professional!

Cooking for a lot of people? AmeriGas suggests always being prepared. Plan your propane needs ahead of time so you don’t keep your guests waiting.

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Scroll down and let us tell you the best way to use your fryer this season!

SAFELY PREPARING TO DEEP FRY A TURKEY

HOW TO DEEP FRY A TURKEY: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE

CLEANING UP AFTER FRYING A TURKEY

DEEP FRIED TURKEY RECIPES

Safely Preparing to Deep Fry a Turkey

It is important to prepare everything you need to have the best frying experience. We want to make sure you are equipped with all the tools necessary to stay safe and fry properly.

  • AmeriGas Propane Tank: For multiple turkeys, ensure you have 2-3 tanks on hand so you don't run out!
  • Long-stemmed thermometer: Used to check temperature throughout the turkey frying process.
  • Oil: The most common oil used for frying a turkey is peanut oil, but you can use refined canola, corn oil, rice oil and sunflower oil. 

Make sure to read the manufacturers instructions before beginning your frying experience. Also, make sure to set the AmeriGas tank as far away from the burner as the connection permits.

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How to Deep Fry a Turkey

A Step by Step Guide

No matter what delicious turkey recipe you’re trying, be sure to follow these steps.

  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Place thawed turkey in fryer and top with room-temperature water until the turkey is completely submerged.

    This is to prevent the oil from overflowing when it comes time to place the turkey in the fryer.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Remove turkey and mark with the water line.

    This is so you remember how high the oil should be filled to.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    Make sure to thoroughly dry the fryer and turkey!

    Doing this will prevent oil overflow and potential fires from starting.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    Hook up your AmeriGas Propane Tank.

    For help with this step, visit our Connecting Your Tank page.

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    Make sure to follow safety precautions.

    Read the manufacturer's safety manual before frying as well as generic propane safety tips.

  • Step 6

    Step 6

    Fill up to the water line with frying oil.

    Following steps 1 and 2 will help with preventing oil spilling over during this step.

  • Step 7

    Step 7

    Heat the oil between 325 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    You don't want the oil too hot or too cool as this will greatly affect your cooking time and prevent burning your bird.

  • Step 8

    Step 8

    Slowly lower the turkey into the fryer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per pound. See the turkey frying times chart above for additional information.

    You must monitor this closely as time will vary on the size of the turkey. Always have your internal thermometer ready.

Turkey Frying with AmeriGas

Cleaning Up After Frying a Turkey

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After you have enjoyed your delicious fried turkey, you look around and think... now I have to clean this mess up! But don't worry, it won't be as difficult to clean up as you might think.

Once the oil has completely cooled down, which takes about 2 hours, drain and pour the oil back into the original container. Cooking oil can be filtered to remove small particles.


Tip: If stored in a cool, dark place, the oil can be reused within three months. It will not retain the flavor of most foods, making it easy to reuse with any other meal you have.

When it comes to storing your propane cylinder, we have some great tips on our Transportation and Storage page.

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Deep Fried Turkey Recipes
Cook Time: 30-45 minutes
Makes 4 Servings