Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens

  • Prep Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 0 mins
  • Servings: 2-4
  • About This Recipe

    “Also found in book “Fried and True”:Deep-Fried Cornish Game Hens”


  • 2 (3/4 lb)Cornish hens
  • to tastevegetable shortening( for deep-frying)
  • to tasteoil( for deep-frying)
  • to tastesalt
  • to tastepepper, freshly ground
  • to tastelemon, wedges( for serving)
  • Directions

  • 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.
  • Reviews

  • “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.”