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Nov 22, 2010 11:48 AM

Need Advice for Deep Frying Turkey Legs

How long does it take to deep fry turkey legs? My strategy is to brine, air dry in the fridge for a day and then fry in 350 degree oil. I have an electric fryer and will be operating on the porch at a safe distance from the busy kitchen. What else do I need to know?

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  1. Turkey legs/thighs should cook in about 15 - 20 minutes with an oil temperature of 375. Check the internal temp. at 15 and make your adjustment(s) based on those readings.
    Also, while you're working with the hot oil, do it alone. Send grandma, the kids, aunt Sally and everyone else to another part of the house. Hot oil, especially deep frying hot oil, is extremely dangerous.

    1. I was just googling for advice on the same topic. I found a couple of recipes that indicated that you would need to fry them for 25-30 minutes, which sounded about right to me. I fry chicken wings often, heating the oil to 375 then adding the wings, which brings the oil temp down to the 270-280 range pretty quickly. I fry them for 12-15 mins, which usually allows the oil to get back up to 310 or so. I am planning to do the same for my turkey legs and cut the fire when/if the oil gets back to 350.