In my Caribbean upbringing, turkey wasn’t a traditional part of our holiday celebrations. However, after experiencing the disappointment of dry and lackluster turkey, I decided to venture into the world of deep frying. And let me tell you, this Deep Fried Jerk Turkey was an absolute game-changer!Today, I am  thrilled to share with you an extraordinary recipe that will take your taste buds on a thrilling adventure. Get ready to indulge in the succulent and flavorful Deep Fried Jerk Turkey, a dish that combines the best of both worlds – the traditional jerk seasoning and the irresistible crispiness of deep frying. So, let’s dive into this recipe and discover the secrets behind this mouthwatering recipe.

Prep Time: 30 minutesCook Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 whole turkey (10 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup of jerk seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of sweet chili sauce
  •  1/2 cup green seasoning (blended garlic, ginger, scallion, thyme, onions, allspice berries, olive oil, brown sugar)
  • 3 teaspoons browning
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose seasoning
  • Vegetable oil for deep  frying

Marinade Preparation:

  1. In a bowl, combine the jerk seasoning, sweet chili, green seasoning, browning and all purpose seasoning.
  2. Thoroughly rub the marinade all over the turkey, ensuring every inch is covered.
  3. Place the turkey in a large resealable bag or a covered container and refrigerate for at least 24 hours, allowing the flavors to infuse.

Deep Frying Process:

  1. Fill a deep fryer or a large pot with enough vegetable oil to submerge the turkey completely. Heat the oil to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Carefully lower the turkey into the hot oil, using a turkey fryer basket or a sturdy utensil.
  3. Fry the turkey for approximately 3-4 minutes per pound, ensuring the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) for safe consumption.
  4. Once cooked, carefully remove the turkey from the oil and place it on a wire rack or a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Allow the turkey to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving, allowing the juices to redistribute and the flavors to settle.

Serving Suggestions:

Raina’s Kitchen Deep Fried Jerk Turkey is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. Here are a few serving suggestions to enhance your dining experience:

  1. Pair it with traditional Jamaican sides like rice and peas, fried plantains, or festival (a sweet cornmeal fritter).
  2. Create delicious sandwiches by layering slices of the deep-fried jerk turkey with fresh lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments.
  3. Serve it alongside a vibrant salad for a lighter meal option.

Conclusion: Raina’s Kitchen Deep Fried Jerk Turkey is a culinary masterpiece that combines the bold flavors of jerk seasoning with the irresistible crunch of deep frying. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the adventure, and prepare to delight your taste buds with this extraordinary dish. Get ready to savor the explosion of flavors and experience the magic of Raina’s Kitchen!

~Mommi Raina~