Deep-Fried Turkey with Herbs

60 mins (prep 30)
11 ingredients
Deep-frying a turkey is easier than you might think, plus it frees up oven space for the rest of your Thanksgiving feast, and takes less than 2 hours from start to finish. For a complete guide to the process, see our step-by-step slideshow, How to Deep-Fry a Turkey.

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  • 1 (12- to 14- pound) turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 4 to 5 gallons peanut or canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • equipment: turkey frying kit (30-quart or larger aluminum pot; propane burner with a hose that connects to a propane tank and a gauge for regulating the flame; poultry rack with a hook for lowering and raising the turkey in the pot; 12-inch deep-fry thermometer that clips to the side of the pot to monitor the oil temperature); a full propane gas tank; a waterproof marker; an apron; long heavy-duty oven mitts; an instant-read thermometer; fire extinguisher—just in case