Deep-Fried Turkey Rub

Deep fried turkey rub recipe

The Spruce / Anfisa Strizh

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
5 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 5
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 0g
Calcium 17mg 1%
*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.)

This recipe calls for a lot of bay leaves. It's actually about 1/3 cup, so if you have crushed bay leaves you can use those. The real secret to fried turkey is to get a good coating of the rub on the surface of the turkey before it hits the oil.


  • 25 medium bay leaves (whole)
  • 3 tablespoons/45 ml hot Creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml thyme (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 ml oregano (dried)
  • 2 teaspoons/10 ml garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons/7.5 ml black peppercorns

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for deep fried turkey rub
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  2. In a spice grinder, grind the bay leaves into a fine powder. Place in a small bowl. Also grind the thyme, oregano, peppercorns.

    Grind bay leaves
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  3. Add all ingredients to bowl and mix together. Divide into three equal parts.

    Spices in bowl
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  4. Rub one part on the inside of the turkey; rub the second part under the skin around the breasts; and rub the last portion over the outside of the turkey.

    Rub on inside of turkey
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  5. Refrigerate overnight.

  6. Cook your turkey and enjoy!

    Cook and enjoy
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