Blackened Fried Turkey

Blonde Beard's Cajun Fried Turkey

Looking for a new way to cook your turkey? This is it. Cajun inspired, blackened crust, crispy outside, juicy inside. The perfect holiday meat treat.


  • Full Turkey Breast - While you can use a full bird, we like frying just the breast because it cooks better in the frier.
  • 1/4 cup Blonde Beard's The Rooster Dry Rub
  • 1 cup Blonde Beard's Black Magic
  • 2 gallons water
  • 1 1/2 cups Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dried Thyme
  • Peanut or Corn Oil


Brining takes some time, but it's worth it. Soaking the turkey in brine for 24 hours before frying is an important step in creating a juicy bird we all want. 
  1. In a large pot or food grade bucket, combine water, kosher salt, brown sugar, Beard's Black Magic, Blonde Beard's Rooster Dry Rub, dried thyme
  2. Add the turkey to the brine and let sit under refrigeration for 24 hours.


  1. After soaking for 24 hours, remove turkey from the brine.
  2. Pat as dry as possible with paper towels.
  3. Coat with Rooster Dry Rub. We like a nice, thick coating, with very little skin showing.  


  1. Pre-heat frier to 350° - 375°. Never let the oil get above 400°.
  2. Slowly and carefully place thawed turkey in the frier. NEVER fry a frozen turkey, that's the easiest way to become a fried turkey statistic. 
  3. Fry until a meat thermometer reads 165° in the middle of the breast. We recommend probing the bird in several different spots to make sure you are getting a consistent reading. A good rule of thumb is the turkey should be in the frier for around 3.5 to 4 minutes per pound, plus 5 minutes. 


  1. Let the Turkey rest at room temp for at least 30 minutes before carving.
  2. Slice down the breast plate, removing each breast from the bird. Once removed, slice in the opposite direction at the desired thickness.


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