Cajun Fried Turkey

In honor of tomorrow, Cajun Fried Turkey:

This is something I thought I was wrong about, but I wasn’t. Does that make me right, or does that make me wrong twice?

When I heard the term “Cajun fried turkey”, I envisioned a whole turkey, deep-fried until it was all crusty and black. And I laughed at myself, for thinking that anyone could cook such a thing or would eat such an object. But they can and they do.

There are these big deep fryers that are supposed to be used outside. The turkey is put into the empty fryer and covered with water. Then the turkey is removed and the water is measured so it can be replaced (after the cooker has been dried) with an equal amount of oil. The turkey is dried and rubbed with seasonings. After the oil has been heated for about an hour, the turkey is lowered into the fryer and left there until it looks like a turkey charcoal briquette.

I’m told the result is delicious. The quick, hot cooking seals in the juices, producing meat that is succulent and completely non-greasy.

I’m entirely willing to give it a try, if somebody will cook it somewhere else and bring it here. As clumsy as I am, I’d be a fool to get within five miles of a pot of boiling oil, and I’d be a super-fool to try to cook anything for which one of the listed pieces of equipment is “all-purpose fire extinguisher”.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character must cook something they are not naturally equipped to cook.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Cajun Fried Turkey

  1. Dan Antion

    November 26, 2014 at 7:22am

    I have story of what we recall as “the great turkey fire” – maybe I’ll share that next year for TDay. Suffice it to say, I will never be allowed to attempt the deep fry method.

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  2. Jane

    November 28, 2014 at 9:45am

    Yesterday, I saw a newsfeed video of a drone lowering a turkey into a deep fryer. There’s a solution I’d NEVER have thought up. Now, it’s writ indelibly onto my brain.

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      Marian Allen

      November 28, 2014 at 10:08am

      Ah! A perfect solution! That’s what I need: a personal drone!

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  3. Jackie

    April 23, 2016 at 2:55pm

    That looks like some serious deliciousness! I’m going to try Cajun style next holiday for sure.

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  4. JLB

    August 25, 2016 at 2:07am

    This is a must-try, surely! Can’t wait for the next Thanksgiving or Christmas to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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      Marian Allen

      August 25, 2016 at 10:06am

      When I read about how delicious deep fried turkey is, it makes me wish my family weren’t vegan/vegetarian/almost!

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