Cajun and Creole Recipes

Cajun Fried Turkey

If you’ve never tried frying a turkey, what are you waiting for? Get ready for perfectly crispy skin and classic Cajun flavors.

Cajun Fried Turkey recipe

Yield: 10 to 14 servings


  • 1 (5 ounce) bottle Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 (12 to 16 pound) turkey
  • 5 gallons peanut oil


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce, butter, lemon juice and Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Cajun Seasoning over low heat until butter is melted.
  2. Using a large syringe, inject marinade into all meaty areas of turkey (breasts, thighs, legs, and wings). If possible, let turkey marinate for 2 to 4 hours in refrigerator. Remove turkey at least 30 minutes before frying.
  3. Prepare turkey fryer according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Fill fryer stockpot with peanut oil to within 10 to 12 inches of top. Heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 300 degrees F.
  5. Lower turkey very slowly and carefully into pot, and cover. Maintain a temperature of 280 degrees to 310 degrees F. Fry for 3 1/2 minutes per pound of turkey; the internal temperature should be 165 degrees F. (For a 12-pound turkey, fry for approximately 42 minutes.)
  6. Remove turkey from pot, and let drain.
  7. Wrap in foil, and let stand for at least 15 minutes before carving.


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Slap Ya Mama
Recipe by Morgan Clay

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