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I was so excited about this juicy roast turkey recipe every step of the way and I think you’ll feel the same way when you try it. I spent several days researching all of the best turkey recipes online, in books, and getting trusted advice from my Mom and you, my readers. This tender and delicious turkey will impress your dinner guests.

The turkey breast is so juicy and flavorful and the skin is crisp and roasts to a beautiful golden brown. I invited all of my family over to help eat this turkey and received rave reviews from 10 adults and quite a few kiddos. I was so giddy with excitement when I tasted the juicy bird. Since the beginning of my blog (2009), I’ve been flooded with requests for a great turkey recipe for the holidays.

P.S. Be sure be sure be sure to make the turkey gravy; it’s super delicious and was the talk of last year’s Thanksgiving dinner! Big Thank you to Wolf for sponsoring this recipe!

Watch How to Make a Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe:

You don’t need to be scared to try new things in the kitchen, like the Thanksgiving turkey which is the “year’s most important dish”. You can’t go wrong by adding this roast turkey recipe to your menu. It’s fantastic. Read on to learn everything you need to know for a perfect turkey. P.p.s. you can even make this turkey recipe a day in advance (stuff, butter it up, cover and refrigerate overnight then bake the next day) if it makes your life easier and it will taste even better! 🙂

Juicy Roast Turkey. This turkey has the juiciest, most flavorful turkey breast! KEEPER!! @natashaskitchen

Roast Turkey Recipe Ingredients:

12 lb turkey (Anything from 11-15 lbs will work, but bake time will vary – see below)
Salt & Pepper for the inside and outside of the bird

For the Flavored Butter:

1 cup (2 sticks or 226 grams) unsalted butter, softened
2 Tbsp olive oil (not extra virgin), plus more to drizzle the top
4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon), plus 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
3 large garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
1/2 Tbsp salt (I used sea salt)
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

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For the Turkey Stuffing:

1 large onion, quartered (no peeling)
4 garlic cloves, halved (no peeling)
1/2 bunch parsley
1 lemon, quartered

What you’ll need:

Kitchen String
Heavy duty foil
A heavy roasting pan that accommodates your bird, but isn’t over-sized
A temperature probe (to ensure a fully-cooked turkey)

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Note:

Many of you have asked about using a larger turkey. One of my readers, Shannon, shares her experience with a 23 pound turkey (Thanks Shannon!): “Used this recipe last night with a 23 pound turkey and it was superb!! I used 3 sticks of butter instead of the 2, about 1 cup of parsley, kept the zest and juice of 2 lemons and quartered them for the stuffing. Kept 1 large onion peeled & largely sliced, used about 8 cloves of garlic peeled and sliced in half.

Cooked at 430 for 20 minutes and then 350 for about 5 1/2 hours, basting occasionally. I used the tin foil hat and had to made a couple other tin foil accessories for the legs that started to scorch. Took the tin foil hat off when it had 10 minutes of cook time left to ensure a nice browned top. Had tons of drippings to make a delicious gravy with. Will use this recipe every year! So flavorful and yummy. Thank you”

Required Prep for Roast Turkey Recipe:

*If using a frozen turkey, defrost it in its plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3 days prior to roasting.

*Remove turkey from fridge about 30 minutes before you start working with it. If the turkey is closer to room temperature, it will bake more evenly. *Remove the neck and bag of giblets from the turkey.

*Pat dry turkey with paper towels. Let turkey sit in over paper towels to soak up any excess water from the turkey.

*Fold the wings behind the turkey; if you don’t they are the quickest to scorch and dry out.

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Seasoning, Stuffing and Tying up a Turkey:

1. Season inside of turkey cavity generously with about 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.

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2. In a medium bowl, combine: 2 sticks softened butter, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest, 4 Tbsp lemon juice, and 3 pressed garlic cloves, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Mash/stir with a fork until well combined (the lemon juice doesn’t easily stir into butter, but keep mixing and it will happen after a few minutes). This mixture was adapted from Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Turkey video and it’s wonderful. Take a whiff of it; you’ll fall in love with how fresh it smells!

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3. Separate the skin from the turkey breast by pushing your fingers under the skin. Do this from the front and the back of the turkey, being careful not to tear the skin.

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4. Stuff 2/3 of the butter mixture under skin then spread the butter around by massaging over the top of the skin. This butter keeps the turkey breast tender, juicy and provides rich flavor.

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5. Rub remaining butter over the outside of the turkey (breast, legs, wings). Drizzle all over the top of the turkey with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper; I just love a crisp, salty skin.

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6. Stuff turkey with quartered onion, 4 halved garlic cloves, 1/2 bunch parsley and quartered lemon. Tie turkey base and legs together; crossing the legs to better close up the turkey cavity, plus it looks extra fancy on the table.

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How to Roast a Turkey:

Prep: Pre-heat the oven to 430˚F on the bake mode. Place oven rack in the lower part of your oven (mine was on the second level from the very bottom) – this ensures that your large turkey roasts in the middle of the oven and keeps the turkey breast further from the top heating element.

1. Here is a fantastic tip I picked up from Alton Brown to protect the turkey breast and keep it juicy: Fold a large square sheet of foil into a triangle. Rub one side of your triangle with olive oil and shape the foil (oil-side-down) over the turkey breast, then remove foil;  it will shield your turkey breast and keep it from getting dry. You’ll apply this shield later in the roasting process.

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2. Place an oven-safe meat thermometer into the bird; beneath the drumstick; deep into the dark meat. It’s ready for the oven. Start roasting uncovered at 430˚F for 20 min.

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3. Remove from oven; quickly baste with butter from the bottom of the dish. You can use a baster or tilt one side of the pan and collect drippings with a large spoon. Now apply prepared foil triangle to turkey breast area.

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4. Reduce oven to 350˚F and bake for another 2 hours 30 min for a 12 lb bird. (Once you have reduced the oven to 350˚F, you will bake about 13 min for every pound of turkey). The turkey thigh should register at 170˚F on the temperature probe and the breast at 160˚F to make sure it’s fully cooked through then remove from the oven (keep in mind the turkey temp continues to rise slightly after it’s out of the oven).

Note: temperature recommendations based on the USDA which now says the safe poultry temp is 165˚F but the deeper thigh parts really should be at 170˚ to be fully cooked through. 

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5. Transfer turkey to serving platter and cover loosely but fully with foil. Let turkey rest for at least 1 hour. It will become more tender and easier to carve, the longer it sits. Keep drippings from roasting pan for a most delicious turkey gravy. Decorate around your turkey and make it festive. I used kale for my greens, then added small apples, sliced oranges and quartered lemons.

Juicy Roast Turkey. This turkey has the juiciest, most flavorful turkey breast! KEEPER!! @natashaskitchen

Juicy Roast Turkey. This turkey has the juiciest, most flavorful turkey breast! KEEPER!! @natashaskitchen

Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe

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Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Juicy Roast Turkey. This turkey has the juiciest, most flavorful turkey breast! KEEPER!! | natashaskitchen.com
How to Make the Juiciest Roast Turkey Recipe (no lengthy marinating required)
Cook Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 people
  • 12 lb turkey, (Anything from 11-15 lbs will work, but bake time will vary)
  • Salt & Pepper for the inside and outside of the bird

For the Flavored Butter:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, not extra virgin, plus more to drizzle top
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, from 1 large lemon, plus 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt, I used sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

For the Stuffing:

  • 1 large onion, quartered (no peeling)
  • 4 garlic cloves, halved (no peeling)
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1 lemon, quartered

What you'll need:

  • Kitchen String
  • Heavy duty foil
  • A heavy roasting pan that accommodates your bird, but isn't over-sized
  • A temperature probe, to ensure a fully-cooked turkey

Instructions

Seasoning, Stuffing and Tying up a Turkey:

  • Season inside of turkey cavity generously with about 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine: 2 sticks softened butter, 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp lemon zest, 4 Tbsp lemon juice, 3 pressed garlic cloves, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Mash /stir with a fork until well combined (the lemon juice doesn't easily stir into butter but keep mixing and it will happen after a few minutes). Take a whiff of it; you'll fall in love with how fresh it smells!
  • Separate the skin from the turkey breast by pushing your fingers under the skin. Do this from the front and the back of the turkey; being careful not to tear the skin.
  • Stuff 2/3 of the butter mixture under skin then spread the butter around by massaging over the top of the skin. This butter keeps the turkey breast tender, juicy and provides rich flavor.
  • Rub remaining butter over the outside of the turkey (breast, legs, wings). Drizzle all over the top of the turkey with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper; I just love a crisp, salty skin.
  • Stuff turkey with quartered onion, 4 halved garlic cloves, 1/2 bunch parsley and quartered lemon. Tie turkey base and legs together; crossing the legs to better close up the turkey cavity, plus it looks extra fancy on the table.

How to Roast a Turkey: (Pre-heat the oven to 430˚F on the bake mode. Place oven rack in the lower part of your oven (mine was on the second level from the very bottom).

  • Here is a fantastic tip: to protect the turkey breast and keep it juicy: Fold a large square sheet of foil into a triangle. Rub one side of your triangle with olive oil and shape the foil (oil-side-down) over the turkey breast, then remove foil; it will shield your turkey breast and keep it from getting dry. You'll apply this shield later in the roasting process.
  • Place an oven-safe meat thermometer into the bird; beneath the drum stick; deep into the dark meat. Start roasting uncovered at 430˚F for 20 min.
  • Remove from oven; quickly baste with butter from the bottom of the dish. You can use a baster or tilt one side of the pan and collect drippings with a large spoon. Now apply prepared foil triangle to turkey breast area.
  • Reduce oven to 350˚F and bake for another 2 hours 30 min for a 12 lb bird. (Once you have reduced the oven to 350˚F, you will bake about 13 min for every pound of turkey). The turkey thigh should register at 170˚F on the temperature probe and the breast at 160˚F to make sure it's fully cooked through then remove from the oven (keep in mind the turkey temp continues to rise slightly after it's out of the oven).
  • Transfer turkey to serving platter and cover loosely but fully with foil. Let turkey rest for at least 1 hour. It will become more tender and easier to carve, the longer it sits. Keep the drippings from roasting pan for gravy. Now you can decorate around your turkey and make it festive. I used kale for my greens, then added small apples, sliced oranges and quartered lemons.

Notes

!Instructions/Tips for prepping your bird:
*If using a frozen turkey, defrost it in its plastic bag in the refrigerator for 3 days prior to roasting.
*Remove turkey from fridge about 30 minutes before you start working with it. If the turkey is closer to room temperature, it will bake more evenly.
*Remove the neck and bag of giblets from the turkey.
*Pat dry turkey with paper towels. Let turkey sit in a roasting pan lined with paper towels to soak up any excess water from the turkey.
*Fold the wings behind the turkey; if you don't they are the quickest to scorch and dry out.

Nutrition Per Serving

519kcal Calories3g Carbs70g Protein24g Fat7g Saturated Fat242mg Cholesterol654mg Sodium766mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar404IU Vitamin A10mg Vitamin C46mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Juicy Roast Turkey Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
519
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Cholesterol
 
242
mg
81
%
Sodium
 
654
mg
28
%
Potassium
 
766
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
70
g
140
%
Vitamin A
 
404
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
10
mg
12
%
Calcium
 
46
mg
5
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Juicy Roast Turkey
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: Varies by season and turkey prices
Calories: 519

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  • James Gehm
    February 26, 2023

    Hi!
    Can you cook a bone in turkey breast using this receipt?
    Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2023

      Hi James, with a few adjustments, I bet that could work great!

      Reply

  • Sandy
    December 27, 2022

    Made this for Christmas and it was delicious and moist. Definitely make the gravy from the drippings. It is a keeper! Thanks Natasha.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Sandy!

      Reply

  • Sue Kehoe
    December 26, 2022

    Fantastic!! So moist and flavorful. Perfect. For what it’s worth I always cook turkey breast down. I flipped it after two hours and added some bacon strips.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 26, 2022

      Hi Sue! I’m so glad you loved the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Moon River
    December 23, 2022

    Love this recipe and have made it many times. Just to clarify: when we lower the temp to 350 do we keep the turkey out until the oven reaches 350 or do we put it back in immediately and let it reduce to 350 while it’s in there?

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    • Natasha
      December 23, 2022

      Hi, yes just keep the turkey in the oven as it reduces in temperature to 350.

      Reply

  • Mary Parker
    December 23, 2022

    Hi. Please explain why you emphasize using olive oil, not EVOO, when drizzling on turkey before roasting
    Thanks

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 23, 2022

      The light olive oil I recommended has a higher smoke value than virgin olive oil and EVOO, making it ideal for this.

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  • Martine Gibbons
    December 18, 2022

    I first tried your juicy Turkey recipe at Thanksgiving. The family enjoyed so much they are requesting again for Christmas! It’s easy to understand, just a few steps, very few ingredients & delicious. Thank you!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 19, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Martine! So glad it was a hit. Merry Christmas!

      Reply

  • Autumn
    December 8, 2022

    Can I not stuff the turkey? I love stuffing just not inside the bird…

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 8, 2022

      Hi Autumn! It’s not bread stuffing, this recipe calls for stuffing the turkey with onion, garlic cloves, parsley, and lemons. 🙂

      Reply

  • Grace Curry
    December 6, 2022

    can you stuff the turkey with seasoned bread, sausage meat, onion, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper instead and use the other stuffing in the neck area?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 6, 2022

      Hi Grace, I have not tested it to advise. You may want to research safe measures to take if you plan on stuffing the turkey.

      Reply

  • Heather Gilmore, Ph.D.
    November 30, 2022

    I was looking at doing my very first Turkey and I wanted a really good recipe. Not only did I find it, but this was the best Turkey (not because I cooked it) but because everyone said it. The marinade is perfect. Thank you for an easy recipe but a YUMMY one! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 30, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Heather! I’m so glad you loved it!

      Reply

  • Olga
    November 30, 2022

    I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU! My first Turkey came out so tasty, not dry! I followed all the directions and it was beyond good and easy than I expected! Love your website! All recipes and instructions are so detailed so it is easy to learn and evolve cooking skills!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 30, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Olga! I appreciate the review and feedback. Thank you for the love and support.

      Reply

  • Jillian Burrill
    November 28, 2022

    Thank you for this recipe! I have used this twice now. One turkey was 15 and the other was 18! Each time the skin looked amazing and the breast was juicy!
    I wish I could attach a picture! I have no reason to look at other recipes when I’m cooking turkey. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 28, 2022

      Feel free to share some photos on our Facebook page or group so others can see them too and get inspired to try other recipes!

      Reply

  • Jenean
    November 27, 2022

    I’m 62 years old, married for 40 and this was hands down the best turkey I’ve made. I never knew turkey could have this much flavor. Natasha is my new fave. I am a visual learner so the videos are perfect. She has so many tips, keeps her recipes simple, and she’s FUNNY!!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2022

      Aaaw, thank you! That is so flattering and inspiring for us.

      Reply

  • erin
    November 27, 2022

    can you clarify? the only foil is the triangle, correct?

    I normally use foil all over. this is different, correct? only the triangle?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 28, 2022

      Hi Erin! Yes, that is correct. The foil is only used to shield the breast.

      Reply

  • Faith
    November 26, 2022

    Wow, just wow! Thank you Natasha! My first turkey, and it was sooo good using this recipe. Every one loved it. The breast was tender and juicy. I also make your green bean casserole, turkey gravy–over the top, clover leaf rolls and blintzes with pineapple, blueberry and raspberry sauces. I can honesty say my dishes were the best!! Thank you! Now what do I make for Christmas? 🙂

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 26, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Faith! I’m so glad it turned out amazing. This prime rib is an amazing choice for Christmas.

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      • Faith
        December 24, 2022

        Another winner Natasha! My husband does not like spices, garlic just salt. So I made this with your recipe anyway. He said do I smell garlic? I said yep. He ate it anyway, loved and said it was as good as any fancy restaurant. He asked if we could have it again! LOL Publix ran out of prime rib for Christmas darn it! Thanks Natasha because I am tired of bland foods! He would have loved the your turkey recipe too but is allergic to it. Merry Christmas!

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          December 24, 2022

          Hi Faith! Thank you for sharing. So glad it was enjoyed. Merry Christmas!

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  • Hennie
    November 25, 2022

    Followed recipe, had a 18 pound Turkey but was done way before the stated time so I accidentally overcooked it and was dry☹️

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 25, 2022

      So sorry to hear that, Hennie! Every oven bakes differently so the time can be more or less. I highly the use of a food thermometer.

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  • Marian
    November 25, 2022

    We had already injected our turkey so I didn’t use the butter but followed everything else to the T including making the gravy. The legs/thighs were done way before the breast so we ended up covering the whole turkey with foil to finish the breast. I then carve the turkey and put it in the crockpot on low for 3 hours to warm up the next day. Will always use this recipe – will try butter under skin next year. Thank you! Love your recipes!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 25, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Marian! I’m glad you love this recipe.

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  • Beatrice
    November 25, 2022

    This recipe is a God Sent. This is the first time I cooked a 13 lbs turkey and I followed your recipe. I cooked the turkey for 2 hours and 45 minutes.
    everyone could not believe how juicy and tender the breast cooked. this turkey was by far the best I ever tasted and my company thought the same. This turkey tasted like a roasted chicken no after taste at all. Delicious Thank you so Much Natasha this is a 5 star recipe.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 25, 2022

      You’re so very welcome, Beatrice. Thank you for the wonderful feedback.

      Reply

  • briann
    November 25, 2022

    you put the foil on it, and then “remove foil” ? But the next photo shows the triangle on the turkey… so confused. So you bake it with or with out it on there?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 25, 2022

      Hi Briann, you will apply the foil during the roasting process. You can see in Step #3 we note: “Now apply prepared foil triangle to turkey breast area.” I hope that helps!

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  • Patti
    November 25, 2022

    I decided to try this recipe yesterday but it was a last minute decision and I had to improvise….I only had salted butter on hand so I left out the additional salt and I only had evoo, not sure how much of a difference that makes but the turkey was very moist and tender!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2022

      That should be alright as long as you omit the salt.

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  • Debbie Eilers
    November 25, 2022

    Hi Natasha. This is the second year that I followed your recipe for Turkey. Everyone loved it last year, but this year it was amazing. I followed everything you said to do and the white meat was so juicy. Even my granddaughter who is super hard to please told me that she loved it. Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2022

      You’re welcome, Debbie! I’m happy to know that the recipe was a huge hit and success.

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  • Bonnie
    November 25, 2022

    Best turkey I’ve made in 45 years. Succulent. Only thing I did differently was brine turkey first and no salt in butter mixture.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2022

      Love it! Thank you so much for sharing that with us, Bonnie.

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  • L Finley
    November 24, 2022

    Made this for Thanksgiving dinner, and it was amazing! The most moist and flavorful turkey I have ever made. I added apples to the onions and lemons, and it was so good. We will keep this recipe for years to come.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      Thank you for trying my recipe. I’m so glad you loved it and found a keeper!

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  • Lisa
    November 24, 2022

    My sister and I have both made turkeys using this recipe for several years and agree it’s the most flavorful and juicy turkey. It comes out perfect every time!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      Thank you for sharing, Lisa! We love this recipe. I’m glad that your family does as well!

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  • Emie
    November 24, 2022

    Delicious! The most juicy, moist turkey we have ever made. The only addition we did was add a sliced-up apple, 3 cut up carrots and3 cut up celery stalks to the pan. The entire family said it was one of the best turkeys they had and were surprised we did not use a bag.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      Wonderful to hear! We love how juicy this turkey is and I’m so glad you loved it too!

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  • Neema Al Ameen
    November 24, 2022

    You are a superstar. My entry to American cuisine has been through your recipes. Everyone of your recipes I have tried so far has been outstanding! The Turkey was simply awesome. I was worried about how the palettes of my spice loving friends would like this. They loved how flavorful and juicy the turkey turned out. Thank you for shining and sharing your light !

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy this recipe was loved.

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  • Robin Valenzuela
    November 24, 2022

    I used your Turkey recipe for Thanksgiving. It was absolutely delicious and sooo favorable

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Robin! So glad you loved this recipe. Happy Thanksgiving!

      Reply

  • Jennifer Platania
    November 24, 2022

    The ONLY way to cook a turkey!! When I first turned “adult” and began hosting my own Thanksgivings, I searched for a recipe that would give me that perfect pretty bird but also moist and juicy. I tried several – cheese cloths, roasting upside down, etc but this is by FAR the winner, and the only recipe I use now. Everyone comments on how flavorful and juicy my turkey is now. Thank you Natasha!! (As a note, I used this recipe this year for a 17 lb turkey – cooked 20 min @ 430 degrees and then 3.5 hrs @ 350 degrees and then let rest for about 45 min. Perfect!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      That’s great, Jennifer! I’m so glad it’s a hit. Thank you for sharing your experience with the recipe.

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  • Pat
    November 24, 2022

    Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving day! Thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving turkey AND gravy! Everyone enjoyed them! Great recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      Thank you, Pat! I’m so glad it was a hit. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Joyce
    November 24, 2022

    I gratefully thank you for this awesome recipe. I’ve been roasting turkey for decades and tried your recipe today. Both my bf and I agree that it produced the best turkey I’ve ever made. Followed recipe exactly – used 19 pounder and basted frequently. Happy Thanksgiving. You are amazing!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      Aww! I’m so glad to hear that, Joyce! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Tammy Watson
    November 24, 2022

    WOW! Just WOW!!!!!!!
    I highly suggest you at least try this…… doesn’t disappoint I promise.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      That’s great, Tammy! I’m so glad you loved this recipe.

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  • Akheel
    November 24, 2022

    This is the third year I am using your recipe. People have always commended me for the juiciest turkey, but really the credit goes to you. Thanks for sharing this simple yet amazing menu.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 24, 2022

      It really is so juice and delicious! I’m glad you enjoy this recipe. Thank you!

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  • Janine Solley
    November 24, 2022

    I’ve been using this recipe for 6 years and each year get rave reviews. I’ve adapted it for a 20+LB Turkey. Thanksgiving is more delicious and leftovers even better.

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    • Natasha
      November 24, 2022

      How wonderful and impressive to serve a 20lb turkey! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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      • Cathy
        November 24, 2022

        How long should I cook a 18 lb turkey after the 20 minutes? I know I should have asked this prior to today. I can never cook a juicy turkey so fingers crossed I can with the help of Natasha. Happy Thanksgiving.

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          November 24, 2022

          Hi Cathy, see step 4 in the notes under “How to Roast a Turkey”. Once you have reduced the oven to 350˚F, you will bake for about 13 min for every pound of turkey. The turkey thigh should register at 170˚F on the temperature probe and the breast at 160˚F to make sure it’s fully cooked through.
          Happy Thanksgiving!

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          • Cathy
            November 25, 2022

            This was the best turkey! It was so juicy and delicious. Thank you for always being such a great resource in the kitchen. I also make your sugary cranberries every year…LOVE those!

          • Natasha's Kitchen
            November 25, 2022

            So happy that you’re enjoying my recipes!

  • david perez
    November 22, 2022

    I’m definitely trying this Thursday. What did you do with the neckbone I saw in the pan? I peel the meat off mine and boil the giblets with carrots, celery and onions and add them to the stuffing and bake it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2022

      Hi David, I add the neck to the pan and just serve it on the turkey platter right next to the turkey. 🙂 I personally love the neck 🙂

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  • Chewie
    November 22, 2022

    Natasha, I’m definitely trying this for my turkey this year. Only thing I’ll do different, is that I like to stuff my turkey with veggies, parsnip, potato, carrot, celery etc… But the butter under the skin… Genius!

    Your Plov is one of my go-to recipes for these colder months. I’ve been making it your way for years!!! THANK YOU!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2022

      That sounds amazing, Chewie! I’m so glad you loved this and our plov recipes! That’s so great!

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  • Shannon Fuller
    November 22, 2022

    I’ve always followed Alton Brown “Good Eats” recipe. Do you think I could use your stuffing and butter mix with his recipe; as we bribe our turkey the night before?!?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 22, 2022

      Hi Shannon! I think so, but without testing the recipe myself I can’t advise. You’d have to experiment with it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Kennedy
      November 23, 2022

      You *could* do that but why not try this recipe by Natasha as written first? It’s a fantastic recipe & your family/guests will rave at the depth of flavor & how moisture the turkey is.

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  • Gloria
    November 21, 2022

    The resting time states 1 hour. Is this a correct resting time?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 21, 2022

      That’s right Gloria!

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  • steve leblanc
    November 21, 2022

    I have used this recipe for the last 2 thanksgivings. It is fantastic. I do melt some butter with garlic and inject it into the breast, which also gives it a bit of flavor. Since following this recipe, I have been placed in charge of cooking the turkey every year and continually get compliments.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2022

      That’s wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Julia
    November 21, 2022

    Hi Natasha!
    Thanks for this recipe, I’m excited to try it this Thanksgiving!
    Question: Where did you get your roasting pan?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2022

      Hi Julia! That is an older roasting pan, I do not have a link for it. This is another great one that I use, it’s on my amazon shop, All-Clad Stainless Steel Roaster.

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  • Emma Brown
    November 20, 2022

    Natasha, this will be my third year using this recipe and it is unbelievably delicious. Question—sometimes I don’t have enough drippings to make a large quantity of gravy. Should I add water to the turkey?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2022

      Hi Emma! You could try that to see if it helps. I’ve also added broth to my turkey drippings to make gravy if I do not have enough.

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  • Mari Hayes
    November 20, 2022

    I usually use a roaster. Would your tips work for me? Love the butter recipe.

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  • Dana
    November 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha, can I use disposable foil roasting pan instead of heavy roasting pan ???

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 21, 2022

      Hi Dana! That should be fine if you find one that accommodates your bird and isn’t too large.

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  • Natasha
    November 19, 2022

    Thank you for your recipe. I have a convection oven. How would temperature/time change if I make it on convection mode. Also, I always use apples, prunes, dry apricot staffing. Do you think it will work with your recipe? Thanks.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 19, 2022

      Hi Natasha, yes, the time & temp will likely need to be adjusted for a convection oven.

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  • Angela
    November 19, 2022

    Hi can you do this same recipe with a bone in turkey Breast? I have 2 8-pounders to toast 😬😬

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 19, 2022

      Hi Angela, with a few adjustments, I bet that could work great!

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  • Carrie
    November 18, 2022

    Made this tonight!! Was perfectly juicy and tasty.
    One question, if I were to prep the turkey the night before would you suggest letting the turkey sit out for 30 minutes before baking?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2022

      Hi Carrie, we just put it into the oven without letting it sit out when making ahead.

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  • Deb
    November 18, 2022

    Just a quick curious question: Why not use extra virgin olive oil? It is always what I have in the cupboard. Thanks so much!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2022

      Hi Deb, I would use olive oil or vegetable oil since it has a higher smoke point. EVOO can make your kitchen smoky, roasting at higher temperatures.

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  • Andrea
    November 17, 2022

    I made this turkey last year and want to do it again but I have one big problem. I covered the breast with tin foil like it said but the skin underneath never became crispy. It cooked perfectly everywhere else. What am I doing wrong?

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    • Natasha
      November 21, 2022

      Hi Andrea, make sure you cover it when directed in the recipe. You want to start without the foil and add it when directed. I hope that helps for next time! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  • Fivi Siordia
    November 17, 2022

    I’m sorry if this question has already been asked but with Thanksgiving being next Thursday, how far in advance should I put my 10 pound Turkey in the refrigerator to thaw out?

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  • Sharon
    November 17, 2022

    Do you need to add broth or water? Do you need rack in roasting pan?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2022

      Hi Sharon, I personally do not use a rack, so the bottom of the turkey essentially self-bastes as it roasts. The bottom of the turkey has some of the best tasting meat on the entire bird, and most people miss it, but it’s ok with us because it makes for the best leftover turkey in mushroom gravy the next day.

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  • Christine Hunt
    November 17, 2022

    Excited to try the recipe this year!! Do you think this recipe will also work for just a turkey breast? Any changes you recommend?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 17, 2022

      Hi Christine, I imagine that could work with a turkey breast! If you experiment, I would love to know how you like it! I imagine you may need to reduce cook time and possibly cover the breast to prevent it from drying out.

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  • Randolph
    November 15, 2022

    I am looking forward to trying your turkey recipe for Thanksgiving this year. It appears you are roasting it uncovered. My roaster came with a lid; do you advise against using it?

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    • Natasha
      November 16, 2022

      Hi Randolph, I don’t use a lid, just a foil cover as shown in the recipe. I like the browning that is achieved without a lid on the dark meat parts of the turkey.

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  • Betty Ammermann
    November 15, 2022

    Let the turkey rest an hour? By that time you have cold or barely Luke warm turkey. We like out main meal hot

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 15, 2022

      Hi Betty! Yes, we cover it with foil so it keeps warm.

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  • Tina
    November 13, 2022

    Hi Natasha
    We usually use an oven bag do you have any recommendations for us?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      I honestly haven’t experimented with cooking this turkey in a bag, so I’m unsure. If anyone else has tried, please let us know. I had a couple of readers report great results using a bag, but I just haven’t tested it myself to say if any modifications need to be made.

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  • Kseniya
    November 13, 2022

    Tried this Turkey recipe multiple times and always comes out great! Thank you very much for your easy follow recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      You’re welcome! It’s great that you always love the results!

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  • Larissa
    November 12, 2022

    Just want to say I’ve made this recipe for the past three Thanksgivings and I love it! I add some extra herbs like rosemary and thyme, but follow everything else to a T and it’s been perfect every time. 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 13, 2022

      Love it! Thank you for sharing that with us, Larissa.

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  • Evelyn C.
    November 11, 2022

    This will be my second year making this recipe and I’m so excited! I do have a question I have more guests this year so if I do a 20lb turkey could I just double the recipe? Or just use the same amount of ingredients?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 11, 2022

      Hi Evelyn! So glad you loved this recipe. See the note above in my blog post where I shared a long response from one of my readers, Shannon who used a 23lbs turkey. I think you’ll find it very helpful. 🙂

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  • Rose
    November 6, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I plan on trying your recipe this Thanksgiving but I’ve always stuffed my turkey with a bread stuffing and didn’t know if this can be done with your recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 6, 2022

      Hello Rose, I have not experimented on that to advise. I recommend doing a test first to see hown it goes and we’d love to know too!

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  • Kelly R
    November 6, 2022

    Made this tonight, brined my turkey for about 16 hours first. Followed the recipe to the letter, I only added more seasoning to the butter and outside of bird. It was so flavourful and made the best gravy. I never would have tried the lemon but wow did it make it good!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 6, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, Kelly! Happy to hear that you love this recipe!

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      • Rachel F
        November 23, 2022

        I have used this turkey recipe for the last 3 years and I have been volunteered to make the turkey every year. My family absolutely loves it! I will be sticking to this for years on out.

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          November 23, 2022

          I’m so glad you hear that! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Yana
    November 4, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    Do I use the 2.5 hours+ of cooking time for two 12lb turkeys or do I use the 5 hour cooking time listed above from the comment about the 23 pound Turkey? Doing this for a Friendsgiving this Saturday!

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    • Natasha
      November 7, 2022

      Hi Yana, I haven’t tried baking 2 turkeys at once but it probably won’t be as long as the 23 lb turkey since it won’t be as thick. Does your oven have enough space to accommodate 2 turkeys at once? I would follow the instructions for 1 turkey and then increase from there (2 turkeys will take a little longer). My best recommendation is to use an in-oven thermometer and it would be best if you could put one thermometer in each turkey if they are different sizes.

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  • Nancy >
    November 1, 2022

    Would you say this has a strong taste of lemon and garlic, or does it all just mix together nicely? I am a huge lemon fan, but not sure everyone wants it to dominate, so I want to make sure both of those aren’t overpowering flavors. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2022

      They just mix together nicely. I hope you love it too!

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  • Julie
    October 13, 2022

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I do have a question, did you use a rack in the roasting pan to cook the turkey on?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 13, 2022

      Hi Julie, I personally do not use a rack, so the bottom of the turkey essentially self-bastes as it roasts. The bottom of the turkey has some of the best tasting meat on the entire bird, and most people miss it, but it’s ok with us because it makes for the best leftover turkey in mushroom gravy the next day.

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  • Mich
    October 10, 2022

    I followed this recipe and made the turkey for the very first time and it’s truly amazing. Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 10, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Mich! Thank you for your great review!

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  • Shaun
    April 18, 2022

    I’ve tried several different methods of cooking turkey. This one was one of the best, producing a juicy/tasty bird. I added a bit more garlic. It was a big hit at our Easter dinner.
    The 14.5 lb turkey took 2.5 hrs @ 350 F (20 min at 430 F, initially).
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 18, 2022

      Hi Shaun, you’re very welcome! Thank you for the excellent review. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe.

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  • Diane
    April 16, 2022

    Just for a change, I switched from my normal turkey recipe to this one based on the number of great reviews it had. I’m very sorry I did.
    This was THE most TASTELESS and dry turkey I have ever made. My guests asked what I did differently because they didn’t like it either. I guess I’ll stay with my tried and true next time.

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    • Liz
      October 6, 2022

      What do you do normally? I personally love Natasha’s recipe and would like to know what the difference is

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  • Christine Leclerc
    January 15, 2022

    Do you bake it uncovered at 350? (With the foil over the breasts, of course)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      Hi Christine, that’s right! I do not have a lid for my roasting pan; I tent with foil. You could skip the tenting if you have a lid since the lid serves as a tent.

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  • Lorna
    December 27, 2021

    Merry Christmas! And it was, I followed your very juicy turkey recipe and managed to get my fingers under the skin and got rave reviews! I will do this again! Thanks for your straightforward advice, I love reading your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2021

      I’m so glad this was a hit! That’s the best when you get rave reviews!

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  • MM
    December 23, 2021

    This turkey recipe is amazing. I made it several years ago. I was wondering if it’s ok if I prep the turkey today and let it sit in the fridge for 2 days.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 23, 2021

      Hi MM, you sure can! You can make this turkey recipe a day in advance (stuff, butter it up, cover, refrigerate overnight, then bake the next day) if it makes your life easier, and it will taste even better! I haven’t tried two days, but I imagine that will work.

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  • Christine lee
    December 19, 2021

    Hi Natasha for asking a silly question-my turkey is only 8.6lbs so am I still able to use your recipe? Ps-absolutely love al your recipes!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Hi Christine, you sure can, simply adjust the ingredients to the size of your turkey. I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Star P
    December 14, 2021

    I’ve never liked turkey so never bothered to try cooking one. But this year I did and honestly I read over 20 recipes and this is the one that sounded the best and boy am I grateful I did. It came out absolutely perfect! Juicy meat and crisp perfect skin. Thank you so much for this! I also read tons of gravy recipes and wasn’t confident I could do it but you’ve given me confidence and I can’t wait to make it!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 15, 2021

      You are most welcome! I’m happy to hear that you’re enjoying these recipes, I hope you’ll enjoy all that you will try!

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  • Robin LeB...
    December 14, 2021

    TO DIE FOR!! Seriously the best turkey I have ever made, my guests agreed.
    I did add a great dry brine as well with kosher salt, Blk pepper, fresh thyme, fresh sage finely zested citrus peel and smoked paprika. More flavour than a smoked turkey even. This is a keeper. Gone are the days of overcooked, dry, tasteless, must add gravy to eat turkey, this was delish!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 14, 2021

      Thank you for your awesome feedback, Robin! Your comments and review just made my day brighter.

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  • Ginnie
    December 12, 2021

    This is a great recipe! I especially like the foil tent over the breast. It really did keep the breast moist. The seasoned butter under the skin and the onion, garlic & lemon inside the turkey made the turkey extra tasty. This will be my go to turkey recipe from now on!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 13, 2021

      Yay, that sounds perfect! I’m so happy that you loved this recipe and you found a new favorite!

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  • Michelle
    December 11, 2021

    This sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try it. Would I be able to put this turkey in a oven bag to roast?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 11, 2021

      I hope you love it, Michelle! I honestly haven’t experimented with cooking this turkey in a bag, so I’m unsure. If anyone else has tried, please let us know. I had a couple of readers report great results using a bag, but I just haven’t tested it myself to say if any modifications need to be made.

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  • Samantha
    December 10, 2021

    Honestly over the last 20 years I have never enjoyed/looked forward to having turkey however this recipe made me change my entire outlook. Best turkey I have ever had! So juicy and flavourful. Just wow. Thank you so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 10, 2021

      I’m so glad to hear this was the best, Samantha! This is my favorite also! 🙂

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  • Sharon
    December 2, 2021

    Best turkey and gravy I have ever made. Got rave reviews from dinner guests. Will definitely be making it again. Going to try it on chicken and know it will be awesome also.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 3, 2021

      Love it! Yes, please try and share with us how you liked the recipe with chicken. I hope you love it too!

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  • Alice Marian Lipinski
    November 30, 2021

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! It was the best turkey I’ve had in many years! You made our Thanksgiving this year – 12 people enjoyed it including a family member who’s in hospice care who had not eaten solid food for weeks! This is a keeper recipe to be passed down in the family! Thanks again, Natasha!
    Alice

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 30, 2021

      Aww, I’m so glad this was a hit with your family! It sounds like a very special Thanksgiving!

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  • Beth
    November 29, 2021

    This made the best turkey I have ever fixed! And the gravy recipe was to die for! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 29, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Beth! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Alyssa
    November 28, 2021

    Amazing! I’m still pretty new to cooking turkeys and have been searching for “the” recipe. I think this is it! I’m also a suckered for a salty crispy skin and this got to be the most beautiful crisp golden brown but still moist inside. Thank you so much!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 28, 2021

      Yay, fantastic news! I’m glad you found your new go-to recipe for cooking turkeys. Thank you for sharing that with us, Alyssa.

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  • Julia
    November 27, 2021

    This is a great recipe. I never cooked or ate turkey for Thanksgiving in my country, but with this recipe my first-ever turkey received a lot of compliments! Thank you so much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 28, 2021

      That’s awesome, Julia! I’m happy to hear that the recipe was a huge hit, good job to you too!

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  • Jaimee Hunter
    November 26, 2021

    For the second year in a row I had a dry, flavorless bird. This was the first year I tried your recipe and I was sooo excited to get it right. I cooked my turkey in my new portable roasting pan and cooked our 14 lb bird exactly to your specifications and within just under 3 hours my bird was well over temperature. But the skin of the turkey breast wasn’t dark like I had hoped… so I stuck it on my broiler setting for about 5 minutes in my oven. Which made the skin browner but probably dried the bird out more. Not the recipe’s fault. So I figured I’d have a dried out bird because I was well over temp (over 190) before I stuck it in the broiler to brown the skin but I figured the flavor would be there. It surely wasn’t I am so disappointed in that. I followed this recipe to a T. I don’t know if I will try the recipe again.

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    • Natasha
      November 27, 2021

      Hi Jaimee, this recipe is not written for a portable roasting pan, but it’s good to know that it does not work well. Someone else had asked about that and your review will help others in the future. Also, broiling is risky for drying our turkey breast, especially if the temperature was already over 190. It sounds like some adjustments definitely need to be made for making this turkey in a portable roaster.

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  • Roy Dubash
    November 26, 2021

    Just wanted to share that I made this roast turkey yesterday for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! Juicy and very flavorful! It’s not the first or last recipe of yours I will be making. Love your videos. Easy to follow. Take care and God bless to you and your family.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2021

      I’m so glad this was a hit, Roy! It’s our go-to each year! Happy Thanksgiving, and God bless you and yours!

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  • Denis Shcherbakov
    November 26, 2021

    Thank you so much for this incredible recipe! I made it for this Thanksgiving, and it was the best turkey I’ve ever had and compliments all around from the whole family. The lemon parsley butter was amazing too! Actually, I only made 1/2 of the amount of your flavored butter for the 12-lb turkey, and it was enough in my experience. But we wish we had more of this butter as a side for the table, to be served with the meal! So next time, I will make more of the flavored butter, use some on the turkey as you suggest, and serve the rest!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me, Denis! I’m glad it was a hit!

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  • Jackie Diop
    November 26, 2021

    First time making a turkey and this recipe was perfect. Turkey was absolutely so juicy I did however double up on the seasoned butter I put the first portion all over the turkey and I put the second portion in the pot so it could melt for my basting! Everyone loved it !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Jackie!

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  • jodi
    November 26, 2021

    okay, I’m just “piling on” here :0)
    but wanted to leave a review nonetheless.
    my husband made the turkey this year using this recipe (only his 3rd time ever) and the step by step instructions were so easy. the turkey came out, not only beautiful looking, but moist and delicious!
    thank you for the wonderful recipe and all the tips.
    this will be our family turkey recipe from now on.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      I’m so glad the recipe was easy and healthy! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Jodi Wail
    November 26, 2021

    This turkey was not only delicious, it was beautiful! It should have been on the cover a magazine! Everyone loved how moist and flavorful it was! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      Wow! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Abbey
    November 26, 2021

    I have made my turkey this way the past two years. Both times it turned out AMAZING!! This will likely be how I always make them 🙂 Thank you!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Abbey! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Akheel
    November 26, 2021

    Love your commitment to help people. I became a celebrity overninght with my friends. With absolutely no background in cooking I could roast the juiciest turkey for thanksgiving. I owe it to you, thanking the almighty for creating wonderful people like you 🙂 , I am thankful.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      That’s amazing! I’m so happy you all enjoyed that, Akheel. Thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Sandra widmaier
    November 26, 2021

    The juicy turkey recipe was an enormous hit for our 2021 thanksgiving meal. Everyone loved it and so I have recommended your blog to them. Thank you for making our thanksgiving do memorial!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Sandra!

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  • Cindy Kohl
    November 26, 2021

    The juicy turkey recipe was so easy. My turkey was moist and tasty. I had made my turkey on Wednesday and sliced up. I had used my crock pot to reheat on Thursday. I had kept the juices and poured it over the meat. It was just perfect Thanksgiving. Thank you so much.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Cindy! Thank you for the wonderful review!

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  • Linda Faciana-Smith
    November 26, 2021

    Hi Natasha, followed your recipe for Thanksgiving roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, and turkey gravy. Everything was AMAZING!!! This is my new turkey recipe. I made (2)-8 pound turkey breasts in a Reynolds cooking bag, they came out moist and juicy and flavorful and the skin was perfect. I didn’t have an actual closed-in cavity to stuff so I tucked all the ingredients for stuffing the cavity under the turkey breasts and baked it. OMG, PHENOMENAL!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Linda!

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  • Shelly
    November 26, 2021

    Absolutely the best turkey recipe I’ve made! The dark meat was prefect, the breast meat was very moist and the skin was crisp & delicious! Thank you Natasha for sharing this recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful review, Shelly!

      Reply

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