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Here's Popeye's Fried Turkey Recipe
Popeye's Cajun Fried Turkey

Fried turkey is one way to make a statement on Thanksgiving. It's just about the best way to get that ultra-crispy skin and moist interior that you're looking for. A spicy marinade makes sure the inside of the bird gets some Cajun flavor, too.


ingredients

11 pounds whole turkey, fresh or thawed, non-self basting
peanut oil, as needed for frying turkey

CAJUN TURKEY SEASONING MIX

1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup garlic pepper
1/2 cup ground white pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder

LIQUID MARINADE

1 pound unsalted butter
3 tablespoons salt
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper


Instructions

Fried turkey is one way to make a statement on Thanksgiving. It's just about the best way to get that ultra-crispy skin and moist interior that you're looking for. A spicy marinade makes sure the inside of the bird gets some Cajun flavor, too.

For Seasoning Mix: Combine kosher salt, peppers and onion powder in one bowl. Cover and hold for service.

Important beginning note: To identify the correct amount of oil to use in the commercial fryer, place the turkey in the fryer before adding seasoning and add water until turkey is covered.

Measure the amount of water and use a corresponding amount of oil. Drain and dry the fryer thoroughly before placing the oil in the fryer.

Remove the neck and giblets from the cavity. Wash the turkey well with cold water. Drain and completely pat dry both the inside and outside of the turkey with paper towels.

Cut off the wing tips and tail so they do not get caught in the fryer basket. Place turkey in a large pan and rub the inside and outside of the turkey with 1/2 of the Cajun Turkey Seasoning Mix. Do not truss or tie legs together. Cover the pan and refrigerate turkey overnight.

For Marinade: Over very low heat, melt butter and stir in salt, black pepper, white pepper and cayenne pepper in a small saucepan. Stir until well blended. Allow mixture to cool to about 100 degrees F.

Spoon or pour into injector needle and inject the turkey, covering all the thick areas such as the breast and legs.

Add oil to the fryer with a basket or rack. Heat the oil on medium-high setting until it reaches 365 degrees F -- about 20-40 minutes.

Place the turkey, neck down, in a basket or on a rack.

When the oil temperature registers 365 degrees F on the deep-fry thermometer, carefully lower the turkey into the oil. The oil level will rise from the frothing caused by the moisture from the turkey but will settle in about one minute.

Check the oil temperature immediately and increase the flame to maintain the oil at 365 degrees F.

Cook the whole turkey about 3-4 minutes per pound. Monitor and regulate the heat at all times.

When a food thermometer registers 170 degrees F in the turkey breast or 180 degrees F in the thigh, remove the turkey from the oil and let it drain for a few minutes. (Let the oil cool completely before storing or disposing it.)

Remove turkey from the rack and place on a serving platter. Immediately sprinkle turkey with the remaining Cajun Turkey Seasoning Mix. Allow the turkey to sit for 20 minutes before carving.

Recipe Source: Popeye's Executive Chef Billy Jacob


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When a food thermometer registers 170 degrees F in the turkey breast or 180 degrees F in the thigh


....no. No. No. No.


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....no. No. No. No.


Then what, What, What, What?


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Doesn't Popeyes just flash fry the turkeys they actually sell?


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Doesn't Popeyes just flash fry the turkeys they actually sell?

They don't sell fried turkeys anymore.


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They don't sell fried turkeys anymore.


Are you just saying it isn't fried or they aren't selling them at all?

One of the locations in Natchitoches is definitely selling turkeys. I saw a big advertisement on the window.



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I assume he's referring to 170 being overdone for breasts. Typically people stop cooking poultry when the breast is 165 max. Sometimes 160-162 to allow for carry over cooking. Can just ignore the thigh temp as they will be cooked once the breasts reach 165.


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Are you just saying it isn't fried or they aren't selling them at all?
The turkeys they sell are roasted, not fried. They used to sell fried turkeys years ago.


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turkeys they sell are roasted, not fried.


Correct but to my original reply I do believe they are flash fried after being slow roasted.
This post was edited on 11/20 at 1:39 pm


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Breast to 155 thigh to 165.


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Correct but to my original reply I do believe they are flash fried after being slow roasted.
It's possible I suppose, but it seems like an unnecessary step and expense. We got a Popeye's turkey last year and it didn't look flash fried at all.


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re: Here's Popeye's Fried Turkey Recipe
The turkeys are frozen and you receive them frozen

Popeyes has never fried turkeys


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Popeyes' Cajun Style Turkey makes its annual return in the lead-up to Thanksgiving and is now available for pre-order at participating locations nationwide.
Popeyes' Cajun Style Turkey features a heat-and-serve, 10-to-14 pound turkey that has been marinated with the chain's signature blend of Louisiana seasonings, slow-roasted, and then flash-fried for a crispy coating.

You can order them and schedule a time for pick up at a participating Popeyes restaurant (I recommend calling ahead to check if possible). Some locations may have them ready for pick up immediately. Prices start at $39.99 (varies with location).

The Thanksgiving birds are fully cooked but come frozen/semi-frozen and need to be heated before serving (instructions to do so are included). I'm told they'll be available through Thanksgiving this year (in previous years, at least some locations were offering them through Christmas).


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The turkeys are frozen and you receive them frozen

Popeyes has never fried turkeys
Your first assertion is false. We got one last year that was cold, but not frozen.

As for your second assertion, I never got a fried turkey from Popeyes, but I'm almost certain they did fry them for a few years.


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Your first assertion is false. We got one last year that was cold, but not frozen.


You could trust a Popeyes to properly defrost your turkey I guess







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but I'm almost certain they did fry them for a few years.


Always been a freezer product per ACjr


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Then what, What, What, What?


Pull bird slightly higher than 155 in the breast.

It will coast up to 170 most of the time. 165 all of the time

I wet brine so I'm cool with going a little higher on temp. But if I get served one more bite of dry arse turkey I may kill someone


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Do we need to call the butterball hotline?


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Popeyes has never fried turkeys


For years I would pick them up already cooked. Did they just defrost it and reheat it for me or actually drop it in the peanut oil?? This is the first year they told me they won’t cook it ahead of time.

Also was thinking of using my ovens air fry feature on the turkey.. is this a bad idea? Never used it but would just go until internal temp hits the right numbers
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They are pre cooked already

Just frozen


CE Tiger
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re: Here's Popeye's Fried Turkey Recipe
For the past 8 years on the Saturday before thanksgiving I have picked up two turkeys already cooked at Popeyes by calling ahead of time. How did they cook them? Did they drop them in peanut oil or just cook it in their ovens?


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