Using a deep-fryer takes WAY less time than the traditional method of roasting your turkey in the oven. (Think about 4 minutes per pound for fried compared to about 15 minutes per pound for oven-roasted.)

"Holidays are the one occasion where it's worth it to spend a little more for convenience," Blais says, about using shortcut ingredients like a pre-mixed poultry seasoning blend.

Check out more of Richard's speedy Thanksgiving recipes:
Microwave Sweet Potatoes With Cinnamon Butter
Chorizo-Chile Tamale Stuffing
Garlic Green Beans With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Creamed Pearl Onions
Chestnuts With Pancetta
Beets With Goat Cheese & Pomegranate Seeds
Miso Mustard Gravy
Avocado Chocolate Mousse Pie
Quick Tiny Baby Potatoes with Pancetta and Chives


  • Oil, for frying
  • Dried poultry seasoning
  • 1 small turkey (no more than 14 pounds)


Serves: 6 to 8


Fill a deep-fryer with oil and preheat according to manufacturer instructions.

Rub the poultry seasoning on the turkey. Fry the turkey for 4 minutes per pound, or according to manufacturer's instructions.