Cajun Turkey Injection Marinade

ingredients for cajun turkey injection
Claire Cohen
Ratings (46)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (24 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
85 Calories
8g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Deep fried turkey actually started as a Cajun dish, and the first step is a delicious injection marinade. This traditional marinade recipe is combined and then injected straight into the turkey. Make sure that you mix this marinade well before you load it into the needle. If you are deep frying this turkey wipe off any excess marinade before it hits the oil.


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup liquid crab boil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Stir and continue heating until sauce has completely liquefied. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Use while still warm enough to remain in a liquid state. Inject directly into the breast, leg, and thigh meat.  Do this a few times to make sure the marinade is well dispersed throughout the turkey. Wipe away any excess that may leak out.  Deep fry as directed.

  3. If preferred, you can make your own Cajun Seasoning