Deep-Fried Turkey Marinade

Cajun deep fried turkey marinade recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Marinating Time: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 10 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
2138 Calories
224g Fat
38g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 2138
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 224g 287%
Saturated Fat 17g 87%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 13773mg 599%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 16g 55%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 41mg 206%
Calcium 198mg 15%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 1008mg 21%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When cooking a deep-fried turkey, you want to get as much flavor as you can into the bird before it goes into the oil. This classic Cajun-inspired injection marinade will tenderize the turkey as it adds flavor.


  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 3/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 cup black pepper

  • 1/4 cup Cajun seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Cajun seasoning
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  2. Combine oil, vinegar, cayenne, black pepper, Cajun seasoning, and Tabasco in a mixing bowl and blend well.

    Combine everything in bowl
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  3. Thoroughly coat turkey with marinade. If possible, work marinade under skin.

    Coat turkey
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  4. Place turkey in a large container or resealable bag. Refrigerate bird between 8 to 24 hours.

    Place turkey in container
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