Top 10 Most Popular Wild Turkey Recipes

Looking for fresh recipe ideas for wild turkey? Here's a list of our top 10 most popular turkey recipes.

Top 10 Most Popular Wild Turkey Recipes
Be sure to try the Best Deep-Fried Turkey Rub Recipe, you won't regret it. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Wild turkey should not be tough and dry, but rather a delicious and versatile meal. With turkey season right around the corner, here are our top 10 most popular recipes for mouthwatering wild turkey.

Best Deep-Fried Turkey Rub Recipe

Brine the turkey for an additional 12 hours for the best results.

This rub recipe is a must-have when deep frying turkey.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Italian dressing
  • ½ cup cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup black pepper
  • 1 cup Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

Get the Recipe: Best Deep-Fried Turkey Rub Recipe



Pan-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe

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Serve this pan-fried turkey with a side of vegetables or as the protein in your salad. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

If you prefer your meat with a crispy skin then this Pan-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bread crumbs (I use Old London plain bread crumbs)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon homemade onion powder
  • 2 pounds turkey breast, cut into strips
  • Canola oil for frying

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Chicken-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe

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Cover this Chicken-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe in a delicious homemade gravy.

Everyone knows about chicken-fried steak, but if you've never tried chicken-fried wild turkey, then this recipe is for you.

Ingredients:

  • 5 pounds turkey breast, de-boned and cut into strips
  • Homemade Italian dressing (enough to cover turkey strips)
  • 1 teaspoon homemade garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil

Gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Kitchen Bouquet

Get the Recipe: Chicken-Fried Wild Turkey Recipe



Wild Turkey Breast and Wine Sauce Recipe

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Slowly simmer this wild turkey with white wine, mushrooms and chives. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

Served in a white wine sauce, this wild turkey breast recipe is rich and savory.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds turkey breast, cut into strips
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon homemade onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped

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Wild Turkey Lime Marinade Recipe

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This marinade will add a fresh, citrus flavor to your favorite wild turkey recipe.

This lime marinade is a great addition to any wild turkey recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ½ cup olive oil or salad oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lime, cut into slices

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey Lime Marinade Recipe


Deep-Fried Wild Turkey Batter Recipe

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This wild turkey batter is light and airy. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

This batter requires few ingredients and makes delicious deep-fried wild turkey.

Ingredients:

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Wild Turkey Butchering and Cooking Tips

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If you're only taking the breasts from wild turkeys, then you're missing out on some excellent meat from the legs and thighs.

When cleaned and cooked properly, wild turkeys aren't tough and dry table fare; they are absolutely delicious. There are a lot of turkey hunters that do not realize how versatile a wild turkey is when it comes to table fare. When I first started turkey hunting, the first bird I harvested was cleaned whole and frozen. We cooked it like a traditional Thanksgiving turkey and complained about how dry and tough it was. There was a week’s worth of leftovers and by the time it was gone, we were sick of it.

Read More: Wild Turkey Butchering and Cooking Tips


Deep-Fried Wild Turkey Fingers Recipe

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Marinate the turkey strips in a combination of Italian dressing, garlic powder and liquid smoke. (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)

These deep-fried wild turkey fingers are best served with a side of homemade gravy.

Turkey Ingredients:

  • 5 pound turkey breast, de-boned and cut into strips
  • Homemade Italian dressing (enough to cover the turkey strips)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Canola oil for frying

Gravy Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk

Get the Recipe: Deep-Fried Wild Turkey Fingers Recipe


Wild Turkey and Dumpling Soup Recipe

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Add noodles or rice to this wild turkey soup recipe for added texture and flavor.<

Serve this wild turkey soup recipe with warm homemade bread and a fresh garden salad.

Ingredients:

  • Wild turkey breast or leg quarters
  • 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ cup fresh onion, grated (use cheese grater)
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon "Better Than Bouillon" turkey or chicken base
  • 5 to 6 cups leftover stuffing
  • Noodles or rice (optional)

Get the Recipe: Wild Turkey and Dumpling Soup Recipe


Simple Turkey Brine Recipe

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For a juicy turkey no matter how you plan to cook it, start with this Simple Turkey Brine Recipe. (Photo courtesy of "The Sporting Chef")

When time allows, Scott Leysath, host of The Sporting Chef on Sportsman Channel, recommends brining turkey to replace blood with a mildly salty brine. Brining your turkey results in tender meat, and let’s face it, brine tastes better than any animal blood.

Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon water (or more depending on the size of your turkey)
  • 1 cup kosher salt (or ¾ table salt)
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Get the Recipe: SimpleTurkey Brine Recipe

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