The key to great fried turkey is to first make sure you have all the proper equipment. You will need at least a 40 quart pot with turkey basket and heat source which is usually propane. Completely thaw your turkey, and pat dry with paper towels, as any moisture left on the bird will cause the hot oil to erupt. Preheat your oil to between 325 and 350 degrees. Fry the turkey for approximately 3 minutes per pound.