Deep-Fried Turkey Breast

Deep-Fried Turkey Breast

The Spruce

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
638 Calories
32g Fat
1g Carbs
83g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 638
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 40%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 224mg 75%
Sodium 274mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 83g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 701mg 15%
*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.)

If you want to experiment with deep fried turkey this is a great recipe to start out with. You won't need all the oil or commitment for a 3 or 4-pound turkey breast, but will still have a great fried turkey. On the plus side, you can prepare this dish any time of the year and not only for special occasions and fall holidays. However, this dish is also perfect for small gatherings during the holidays.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Place the turkey breast in the pot you are going to fry it in. Add enough water to cover the breast with about 3 inches to spare. Remove the breast and measure the water. This is how much oil you will need.

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  3. Dump out water and dry the pan well with paper towels. 

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  4. Pat dry the trussed breast dry with paper towels and coat all over with Cajun turkey seasoning. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes. 

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  5. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 F. The temperature is important, so use a thermometer to test. VERY SLOWLY, lower the seasoned breast into the hot oil. Use heat-resistant gloves to protect yourself from splashing.

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  6. Fry breast to 3 minutes per pound plus 5 extra minutes. Therefore a 3-pound breast will take 14 minutes ((3 X 3) + 5 = 14). The internal temperature of the thickest part of turkey breast should be at least 170 to 175 F.

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  7. Carefully remove from oil and place onto a paper towel lined cutting board. Allow breast to drain for 5 to 7 minutes.

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  8. Carve into 1/2-inch slices and serve with your favorite sides.

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  9. Enjoy!


  • When drying the pot after removing the water, make sure no water remains as this will cause a lot of problems when you heat the oil. Oil and water don't mix, and as such, if there's water in the pot when you heat up the oil, there will be splattering, which could potentially cause burns.

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