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Also found in book "Fried and True": Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens
- 2 (3/4 lb) Cornish hens
- to taste vegetable shortening (for deep-frying)
- to taste oil (for deep-frying)
- to taste salt
- to taste pepper, freshly ground
- to taste lemon, wedges (for serving)
- Don't fill your stockpot more than half full with shortening/oil, to allow for the inevitable boiling up when the hens are added.
- Also, be sure the hens are at room temperature so the fat temperature doesn't drop dramatically from the shock of an ice-cold bird.
- Rinse the hens and pat completely dry, inside and out, with paper towels. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Place a large wire cake rack over a jelly roll pan/cookie sheet.
- In a stockpot, melt vegetable shortening over high heat to a depth of 2 to 3 inches and heat it to 375 degrees F.
- Carefully put 1 Cornish hen in the hot shortening. Deep fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown.
This was awesome. I made this for my father for father's day and it was juicy and crispy. If you are looking for a cornish hen differnt from the traditional oven baked this is the one. I did use cajun seasoning and garlic salt and I let the seasonings set on the hen for about 1 1/2 hours before I deep fried it. I also covered the deep fryer with a lid while frying it. This is the best!!!! Thanks Tina.