Lemon Pepper Fried Turkey Wings

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Zesty lemon pepper fried turkey wings are undeniably a taste bud pleaser.  There is so much crunchy deliciousness with every bite of these wings you don’t want to stop eating them.

Lemon Pepper Fried Turkey Wings
Lemon Pepper Fried Turkey Wings

Are turkey wings tricky to cook?

I’ve always been told that turkey wings are tough and tricky to cook, but I beg to differ! The way I make these wings has the meat so tender it falls off of the bone. Besides, who wants to eat tough meat. Not me for sure. The one thing to keep in mind when frying turkey wings is that you must first boil them in hot water to allow the meat to become more tender. Now here comes the fun part. Let’s get into facts about turkey wings. Oh, and if you liked this recipe you will love my ultimate caramel walnut cheesecake for dessert.

What are turkey wings?

Turkey wings are the wings of the turkey bird. They are considered to be white meat. Turkey wings can be found all year round in a supermarket, unlike the entire turkey that’s only available on the holidays.

Where can you find turkey wings?

Turkey wings aren’t that hard to find. You can go to your local meat market and find a decent amount of turkey wings in a pack for around are about $8, depending on where you live. Here in South Carolina, where I am from, turkey wings are easy to find.

What size turkey wings should I get?

Turkey wings come in many shapes and sizes. The best size turkey wings to get, in my opinion, is the medium-sized turkey wings. I have found that the larger turkey wings are a lot tougher and slightly difficult to handle.

What are some other ways you can prepare turkey wings?

You can bake turkey wings, and you can also cook turkey wings in a crockpot. I have also found that baking turkey wings cause the turkey wings to fall off of the bone, not to mention how tasty they are if you pour barbecue sauce over the turkey wings—Yummy in my tummy.

Can you reheat fried turkey wings after you cook them?

 Yes, you can warm the fried turkey wings up in the Microwave oven but not for too long. I would say for about a minute or less. Warming the turkey wings up too much will cause the meat to become very tough. Also, you can wrap the turkey wings in aluminum foil and place them in the oven at 375 Fahrenheit for about 30-35 minutes.

Do you have to brine the turkey wings?

Yes, I make sure to clean my turkey wings thoroughly. Then brine them, so the wings become juicy and finger-licking good. The steps for how to brine the wings are below.

How to make fried lemon pepper turkey wings

Steps to cooking turkey wings

Step 1:

Place turkey in a big pot and then pour vinegar over the turkey. Just enough to wet the wings.

Step 2:

Add water, butter and salt to the pot.

Step 3:

Turn the stove on to medium-high.

Step 4:

Let the turkey wings cook for about 45 minutes.

Step 5:

If you can stick a fork in the turkey wings, then you are ready to begin frying.

Step 6:

Mix all your season in a small bowl.

Step 7:

Get a large enough Ziplock bag to hold half of the seasonings and the flour, then add the flavorings to the bag.  The ingredients will be in the recipe card below.

Step 8:

Lemon pepper turkey wings

Mix the seasoning in the Ziplock bag by gently shaking until combined. Then add flour.

Step 9:

Add the remaining seasoning to the bag and mix some more.

Step 10:

Preheat the oil to about 350 Fahrenheit. Or you can use my favorite method of flicking a small amount of water off your hand into the pot, and if the grease pops, you are ready to go.

Tip:

I fry my turkey wings in a deep fryer, but you can use a big enough pot to submerge them in—use all the same instructions.

Step 11:

If frying in a deep fryer, your fryer should prompt you when the turkey wings are done.

If you are frying on the stovetop, continue to fry until the turkey wings rise or the grease is no longer popping, and the turkey wings are golden brown.

Step 12:

Pull the turkey wings out of the grease and set on a paper towel or napkin and let rest until warm.

Bon Appétit

Lemon Pepper Fried Turkey Wings

Lemon Pepper turkey wings

ronalyn_alston
Zesty lemon pepper fried turkey wings are undeniably a taste bud pleaser.  There is so much crunchy deliciousness with every bite of these wings you don’t want to stop eating them.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 1973 kcal

Equipment

  • Deep Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp Seasoning Salt To your taste
  • 1/4 tsp Salt To your taste
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder To your taste
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper To your taste
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning To your taste
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 Cups Vegetable Oil Enough to fry with
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Salted Butter

Instructions
 

  • Place turkey in a big pot and then pour vinegar over the turkey. Just enough to wet the wings.
  • Add water, butter and salt to the pot.
  • Turn the stove on to medium-high.
  • Let the turkey wings cook for about 45 minutes.
  • If you can stick a fork in the turkey wings, then you are ready to begin frying.
  • Mix all your season in a small bowl.
  • Get a large enough Ziplock bag to hold half of the seasonings and the flour, then add the flavorings to the bag.  The ingredients will be in the recipe card below.
  • Mix the seasoning in the Ziplock bag by gently shaking until combined. Then add flour.
  • Add the remaining seasoning to the bag and mix some more.
  • Preheat the oil to about 350 Fahrenheit. Or you can use my favorite method of flicking a small amount of water off your hand into the pot, and if the grease pops, you are ready to go.

Video

Notes

I fry my turkey wings in a deep fryer, but you can use a big enough pot to submerge them in—use all the same instructions.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 1973kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 8gFat: 225gSaturated Fat: 182gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 3836mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 210IUCalcium: 49mgIron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Tried them. They are so delicious. Good idea on boiling the water.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Loved, loved, loved these turkey wings!

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