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How to Deep Fry a Ham

How to Deep Fry a Ham

Last updated on 11/19/2021

Around the holiday season, many people like to serve deep fried turkey to their guests. Whether you're prepping a Chistmas ham or curating your Thanksgiving feast for a crowd, you can step up your holiday menu with a deep fried ham instead! Follow our step-by-step guide and make a delicious deep fried ham that will not disappoint those around the dinner table.

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To learn how to deep fry a ham, check out our video:

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Equipment for Deep Frying a Ham:

  • Outdoor deep fryer
  • Peanut oil (enough to cover a fully submerged ham)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Marinade injector
  • Deep fry thermometer
  • Lint-free towel
  • Large knife

Injection for Ham:

  • 8 oz. apple cider
  • 1 Tbs. Coleman’s English mustard
  • 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder


  • A chef adding onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, mustard, and apple cider to a mixing bowl. 1.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, mustard, and apple cider.

  • A chef missing apple cideer with other spices in a bowl 2.

    Mix together until dissolved.

  • Oil bowling in a stock pot with a thermometer on the side 3.

    Add oil to the deep fryer, filling the stock pot to three quarters of the way full. Leave enough space so the oil does not overflow when the ham is submerged. Heat until 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • A chef injecting a ham with marinade 4.

    Fill the marinade injector with brine and inject the ham in multiple spots to disperse the flavor. Use as much of the brine as possible.

  • A chef drying a ham with a lint-free towel 5.

    Dry the ham with the lint-free towel so there is no excess moisture on the ham.

  • A chef sliding a ham onto a poultry wrack. 6.

    Cut a slit through the ham and slide the ham onto the poultry wrack.

  • A chef lowering the ham into an outdoor fryer 7.

    Lower the ham into the fryer. Cook each pound of the ham for 7 minutes or until the core temperature of the ham is 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • A dinner plate with three slices of ham, mac and cheese, peas and carrots 8.

    Remove the ham from the fryer and allow the excess oil to drain off. Carve the ham and enjoy!

Deep Fried Ham FAQs

We answer the most common deep fried ham questions below:

Can You Deep Fry a Ham?

Yes, you can deep fry a ham. Deep frying a ham locks in moisture and reduces the threat of overcooking, a common mishap when using a standard oven. Use an outdoor turkey fryer to safely deep fry a whole ham.

How Long Does It Take to Deep Fry a Ham?

It will take approximately 7 minutes per pound to deep fry a ham.

How Long Do You Deep Fry a 10 lb. Ham?

At 7 minutes per pound, it will take approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to deep fry a 10 lb. ham.

What Is the Right Temperature for Deep Frying a Ham?

For deep frying a ham, the oil should be preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and the internal temperature of your ham should reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Deep frying a ham can seem like a difficult task, but we have simplified it for you with this easy recipe. Impress your guests and create a memorable menu that offers a mouthwatering deep fried Thanksgiving ham instead of turkey this year. If you want to try serving deliciously smoked ribs instead, check out our meat smoking guide!

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