Source: CanolaInfo Test Kitchen | Category: Deep-Frying

Deep Frying a Turkey

Canola oil has one of the highest smoke points of all commonly used vegetable oil at 468°F (242°C).

Deep Frying a Turkey


  • 8 - 10 lb turkey 3.5 - 4.5 kg
  • 25 - 34 cups canola oil 6 - 8 L


  • 1. Buy a turkey fryer with a sturdy and steady base and pick up a food thermometer to test the doneness of the meat and a pair of heavy-duty barbequing mitts. It's also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher close at hand.
  • 2. Buy canola oil and a turkey. Choose a fresh bird or make sure it's completely thawed before deep-frying. Remove excess fat and any parts stored inside the bird. Thoroughly dry inside and out. Do not stuff.
  • 3. Get your deep-fryer ready to go. Place it outdoors, out of the wind on a level dirt or grassy area away from buildings and decks. Avoid cement. Oil stains may be difficult to clean up. Put a drip pan under the fryer.
  • 4. First - determine the amount of canola oil you need by placing the turkey, breast down, on the frying stand or in the basket. Lower into the empty pot and add water to about 2 inches (5 cm) above the turkey. Remove the turkey and note the water level. Remove the water and thoroughly dry the pot.
  • 5. Fill the pot with canola oil just to the required level. Using a deep-frying thermometer, heat the oil to 375°F (190 °C). This usually takes from about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Monitor the oil temperature to ensure it does not overheat.
  • 6. When the oil is ready, slowly lower the prepared turkey into the fryer. For a whole turkey, estimate 3 minutes per pound (500 g) as the cooking time. Whole turkeys of about 8 - 10 lb (3.5  - 4.5 kg)  and turkey parts are best for frying. Larger birds are harder to handle and the extra cooking time results in the skin and outer meat being overcooked.
  • 7. Remove turkey carefully from the oil, and check the internal temperature using a food thermometer. The turkey is cooked when the internal temperature is 170°F (77°C). The meat will be juicy and tender.


38 servings

serving size

4 ounces

nutritional analysis

Total Fat12 g
Saturated Fat3.5 g
Cholesterol75 mg
Carbohydrates0 g
Fiber0 g
Sugars0 g
Protein24 g
Sodium140 mg
Potassium0 mg