Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (VIDEO)

Here is everything you need to know for how to roast a turkey! Making the Thanksgiving turkey recipe feels like a big deal if you’ve never made one (or if you’ve tried and failed), but roasting a turkey is like roasting a giant chicken. It’s totally doable with the right recipe and instructions. This turkey recipe is well loved by my readers (read the glowing reviews below).

Making a juicy and flavorful Thanksgiving Turkey is easier than you think! A Video for how to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe that your guests will love! | natashaskitchen.com

The flavored butter is incredible and inspired by Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Turkey. This Thanksgiving turkey recipe is simple, thoroughly written, doesn’t require lengthy marinating and it can even be completely prepped and refrigerated up to 3 days in advance so all you have to do Thanksgiving day is roast the bird!

To make sure you succeed, I have a video tutorial below on how to make a juicy and flavorful turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Watch How to Make the Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe:

Turkeys are not terribly expensive – this 12 pounder set me back $23 or so and that was before it went on sale pre-Thanksgiving, which they always do! Some grocery stores even throw in a free turkey with $X-amount spent on groceries. It’s an economical and beautiful way to feed a crowd for the holidays. Watch the video before you begin and you’ll be well on your way to impressing everyone at your table!

Tools You Will Need for Thanksgiving Turkey:

2 Feet of Kitchen String
Heavy duty foil
A heavy roasting pan that accommodates your bird, but isn’t over-sized
An oven-safe thermometer (to ensure a fully-cooked turkey)
Turkey baster (or a large spoon)

Making a juicy and flavorful Thanksgiving Turkey is easier than you think! A Video for how to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe that your guests will love! | natashaskitchen.com

Keep the drippings in the pan to make this incredibly flavorful and EASY Turkey Gravy.

Here’s a super handy video for how to carve a turkey from the NY Times. Also, you’ll be amazed at how much turkey meat you can recover from a turkey carcass after everyone has picked it over. You’ll be glad you saved that leftover meat when you see these leftover turkey recipes.

⬇️ Print the Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Below ⬇️

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (VIDEO)

4.98 from 34 votes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Learn how to roast a juicy turkey with this step-by-step video tutorial. Please read required prep in notes section before you begin.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: Varies by season and size of turkey
Servings: 8 -12

Ingredients

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

For the Flavored Butter:

  • 1 cup 2 sticks 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

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:

  1. Season inside turkey cavity generously with 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  2. In a mixing 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 parsley, 1/2 Tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Mash/stir with fork until combined (lemon juice doesn’t easily blend into butter, but keep mixing a few minutes and it will happen).
  3. Separate skin from the turkey breast by carefully pushing your fingers under skin from the front and the back of the turkey. Do not tear the skin.
  4. Stuff 2/3 of the butter mix under skin then massage over the top of the skin to spread the butter around.
  5. Quickly pat dry the outside of turkey and rub with remaining 1/3 butter mixture. Drizzle turkey with olive oil and generously season with salt and pepper for a crisp, salty skin.
  6. Stuff turkey with quartered lemon, 1/2 bunch parsley, quartered onion, and 4 halved garlic cloves, Tie turkey base and legs together with kitchen string; crossing the legs to better close up the turkey cavity.

How to Roast a Turkey:

Prep: Pre-heat the oven to 430˚F with rack in the lower part of your oven.

  1. Fold a square sheet of foil into a triangle. Rub one side of triangle with olive oil and place it (oil-side-down) over the turkey breast to shape it into a shield. Remove foil and set aside (you'll put it back on in step 3).
  2. Place oven-safe meat thermometer into turkey beneath the drumstick and deep into the dark meat. Start roasting at 430˚F for 20 min.
  3. Remove from oven; quickly baste with liquid from bottom of pan using a baster or large spoon. Re-apply prepared foil triangle to turkey breast area.
  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).
  5. Transfer to serving platter and cover fully but loosely with foil. Let turkey rest at least 1 hour for it to tenderize. Keep the drippings for a most amazing gravy!

Recipe Notes

!Required Prep for Roast Turkey Recipe:
*If using frozen turkey, defrost it in its original bag in refrigerator 3 days.
*Let turkey sit at room temp 30 minutes before you begin (it will bake more evenly). *Remove the neck and bag of giblets from the turkey.
*Rinse turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Let turkey sit in on paper towels to soak up excess water.
*Fold wings behind/under the turkey or they will be the quickest to dry out.
*Cooking temps 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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Yum yum!! All we need now is some cranberry sauce to go with that Thanksgiving turkey. If you have a great cranberry sauce recipe you could share, I’d love to hear about it in a comment below! 🙂

Making a juicy and flavorful Thanksgiving Turkey is easier than you think! A Video for how to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe that your guests will love! | natashaskitchen.com

P.S. Turkey in gravy is my absolute favorite leftover turkey recipe – and it’s also well loved by my children, and parents and relatives. In other words, it’s a BIG WIN in our family :).

This Leftover Turkey recipe is by far my favorite way to use up leftover turkey! Turkey in creamy mushroom sauce is so easy and a big win in our family! | natashaskitchen.com

Making a juicy and flavorful Thanksgiving Turkey is easier than you think! A Video for how to make a Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe that your guests will love! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Claudia Solorio
    November 12, 2018

    Quick questions. Can I use a roasting pan with grill for this?
    Can’t wait to try this recipe this Thanksgiving Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 13, 2018

      Hi Claudia, To clarify, are you asking if it is possible to grill the turkey on a grill? I haven’t tried that myself. But I would love to know how it turns out if you experiment! Reply

  • Larissa
    November 7, 2018

    It’s my first year hosting thanksgiving and I can’t wait to make my turkey this way! I’ve tried so many of your recipes and loved them so I’m sure I’ll love this one too! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 7, 2018

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me :). I’m all smiles! Sounds like your first thanksgiving hosting will be amazing! Reply

  • Karen Fiteni
    October 15, 2018

    hay Natasha, love your page and recipes, have tried many. as I live in Australia I have been checking out your thanksgiving turkey and gravy and was wondering if you had a side stuffing to go with it . looking at making it for our xmas over here Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 15, 2018

      Hi Karen, I don’t cook stuffing inside the turkey because it isn’t traditional in our family and the juices from the turkey drip into the stuffing while baking so the stuffing needs to get to 145˚F for it to be safe for consumption and by that time, the turkey breast becomes much too dry. I’ve seen some methods pre-cooking the stuffing partially and others make the stuffing and bake it in a separate dish and serve it on the side. Reply

  • Kimberly
    April 10, 2018

    I made a couple mistakes: I used cilantro instead of parsley (OOPS. Who thinks they can use cilantro on roast turkey?) and there was a small tear on the skin covering the breast. With that said, it was still delicious, with both white and dark meat being moist, flavorful, and perfectly cooked. I will definitely make it again – and I’ll be sure to use parsley next time! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2018

      I’m happy to hear the recipe was such a success! Thanks for sharing your outstanding review Kimberly! Reply

  • Courtney
    February 16, 2018

    I used this recipe last Thanksgiving and it was delicious and a big hit with my family! They designated me with the job of cooking the turkey from now on! Haha. I have also tried your flavored butter from this recipe with a whole chicken and put cut up potatoes and carrots in the same pan and it was great! It was so juicy and tender! It’s become a family favorite! Thank you for these great recipes! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2018

      You’re welcome Courtney! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a success. Thanks for following and sharing your great reviews! Reply

  • Lana Podnebesnyy
    February 9, 2018

    So I know it’s not Thanksgiving but I was looking through Pinterest and saw this recipe come up and thought oh I forgot to comment ! So here I am. I just wanted to say thank you for this recipe. The turkey turns out AMAZING. I have made it twice for Friendsgiving and I’m officially the person who is making the turkey every year. So thank you thank you thank you , the turkey turns out amazing. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 9, 2018

      My pleasure Lana! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a hit. Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Cristina
    December 29, 2017

    Thank you for this recipe. I cooked my turkey for Christmas and it was delicious. So tender and juicy. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2017

      My pleasure! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoyed the turkey. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays! Reply

  • Suni
    November 29, 2017

    Natasha if I wanted to brine my turkey first then use this recipe and then put it on my traeger smoker do you have any recommendations on a brine to use? Any help appreciated! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 29, 2017

      Hi Suni, I usually make my turkey without the brine so I don’t have a good recipe written out. Sorry I can’t be more helpful! If any of my lovely readers wishes to share, thanks a million in advance!! 🙂 Reply

  • Patsy
    November 26, 2017

    Just want to say I tried this recipe and it was wonderful, one of the best turkeys I’ve ever made! Thanks so much! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 27, 2017

      You’re welcome Patsy! I’m happy to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Marina
    November 25, 2017

    I used this recipe this Thanksgiving and the turkey came out EXCELLENT! Thank you so much!!!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      You’re welcome Marina! I’m so glad everyone loves it! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Elizabeth
    November 25, 2017

    I made this for Thanksgiving it was wonderful! This will be my new “go to recipe.” Thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      You’re welcome Elizabeth! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a success! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Maggie
    November 24, 2017

    Oh my goodness! I followed your turkey recipe exactly and the turkey was a huge success! It was so moist and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      My pleasure Maggie! I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for sharing your fantastic review! Reply

  • November 24, 2017

    I just found this recipe and decided to try it because I’ve never been a fan of turkey because it is always so dry. It was amazing! Everyone loved it. They said I needed to make 5 next year! Obviously, that will not be happening, so I shared the recipe with them and said everyone can bring one. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2017

      You’re welcome Tracy! I’m glad to hear how much everyone loves the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • Ann
    November 23, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      You are very welcome! 🙂 Reply

  • Ann
    November 23, 2017

    Excellent recipe! We made it exactly as written and the turkey was outstanding. This recipe is a keeper! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      I’m so happy to hear that!! Thank you for the amazing review and Happy Thanksgiving!! Reply

  • Cherie
    November 22, 2017

    Hi Natasha, I have always used a turkey roaster and my turkeys do not brown. Would you suggest transferring the turkey to the oven for a bit of time for browning?
    Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2017

      Hi Cherie, that can be tricky since it depends on how long it has been roasting. I don’t have any experience with turkey roasters since I always roast mine in the oven, but my concern would be overcooking or drying out the turkey breast by trying to brown it after cooking in a roaster. Maybe someone else can share any insights or tips on using the turkey roaster? Thanks in advance friends! 🙂 Reply

  • Tess Karsevar
    November 22, 2017

    Hello Natasha, I just want to thank you-you for this easy and amazing turkey recipe. This is my second time to make it and it does never fail on me. Thank you for sharing and please do more recipes like this. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2017

      You are very welcome Tess and thank you for such a wonderful review 😀 Reply

  • Susan
    November 21, 2017

    Was given last min notice that a friend was wanting to ave turkey after all so, since I have to cook for them (regularly), I knew I didn’t have enough time to thaw theirs from the freezer…I purchased a half breast, 2 thighs, 1 drum, and 1 wing via 3 pkgs already thawed today. I will use your recipe but curious on baking guidelines as these are not the whole bird. Any hints to assure a moist outcome with these pieces? Thx Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2017

      Hi Susan, I would suggest using a thermomether. I haven’t cooked it this way so I’m not exactly sure on the timing, but a thermometer will ensure it doesn’t turn out dry or under-done. You might google spatchcocked turkey or butterflied turkey to get a baking time that is closer to what you are planning. Reply

  • Julia
    November 19, 2017

    First time baking a turkey last year and it turned out amazing!!!! …..Question have you ever tried this recipe on chicken? (Just change the baking time) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Julia, I haven’t personally but I love that idea and I bet it would work great. I would decrease the amount of butter mix proportionally and yes decrease the bake time. I have had a couple of readers report great results using this recipe for chicken (and also covering the chicken breast with foil). One of my readers said it took about 1 1/2 hours for a chicken, but it would really depend on the size of the chicken and I would suggest using a thermometer to check for doneness. Reply

  • Sugarbear
    November 15, 2017

    Hello Natasha, great recipe. thinking of using it for Thanksgiving next week. Just a quick question. I’ve heard of people brining a turkey in water and veggies/herbs. I’ve also heard of dry brining with salt. Do you do this? Is it necessary? Not much of a cook but want to make Thanksgiving dinner right!

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2017

      Hi, I don’t brine with this recipe but if you prefer brining, it would just add more flavor. It wouldn’t hurt, but also isn’t necessary with this turkey recipe. Reply

  • Teresa
    November 15, 2017

    Will it make a difference if you put your oven on Roast or Bake. I always bake my turkey. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2017

      I always have my oven set to regular bake mode for my turkey as well.  Reply

  • Aksana
    November 12, 2017

    Hi, Natasha! I’m planning to cook turkey this Thanksgiving for the first time. You mentioned that it can be fully prepped 3 days prior to roasting. I’d love to prep it a day before but have some concerns. Do you mean everything including stuffing with parsley? Won’t it wither? Will the result be the same?
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 13, 2017

      Hi Aksana, if the parsley is fresh when you put it in, it will keep in the refrigerator up to 3 days without withering since it will be chilled, it should stay crisp and fresh. Reply

  • November 10, 2017

    Hi,Natasha. I want to make turkey,so what size was ur pan? My turkey is I think 20 lb. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 10, 2017

      Hi Olga, I have a link to the roasting pan that I used in this post above. I believe it was a 15 x 10 roasting dish.  Reply

      • November 10, 2017

        Thank u. Thanks for all the good recipes,may God bless u.☺❄❄it’s going to snow,& snow here in MN & very cold here. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          November 11, 2017

          My pleasure Olga! Thanks for following! God Bless 🙂 Reply

  • Melissa
    November 7, 2017

    Hey Natasha,

    Have you bought a fresh turkey, put in in the freezer then thaw it again to cook? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2017

      Hi Melissa, I have not frozen and thawed again since I don’t typically buy the turkey that far in advance. I think it would work though – I don’t see why not, especially if it has not been frozen before, just be sure to plan enough days for thawing before you plan to cook the turkey 🙂 Reply

  • Monica Wagner
    November 6, 2017

    Natasha – can you cook the turkey in an electric roaster?

    I am going to try this for Thanksgiving this looks so yummy! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 7, 2017

      Hi Monica, I don’t own an electric roaster and haven’t tested it so I can’t really advise. Maybe someone else has tried. If so, please share your tips and suggestions! Thanks in advance! 🙂 Reply

  • October 31, 2017

    Loving yourRecipes tried a few of your recipes they amazing thank you so much for sharing them with us keep them coming thank you 💕 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 31, 2017

      My pleasure! I’m happy to hear how much you’re enjoying the recipes! Thanks for following!! Reply

  • Melissa
    October 19, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    I came across your recipe and it looks amazing. I’m going to attempt my first time at making a turkey for my office thanksgiving holiday party we have every year. I will probably get a 25 lbs or less pound turkey. Do you think I should double your recipe? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. PS: I saved your website for future recipes 😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 20, 2017

      Hi Melissa, 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” Reply

      • Melissa
        October 20, 2017

        Natasha thank you so much !! I was wondering how I was going to do it lol. I will probably make it the week before thanksgiving and let you know how it comes out. I’m also going to try your mashed potatoes 😉 Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 20, 2017

          My pleasure Melissa! Please let me know how it turns out! Reply

      • Mayya
        November 23, 2017

        Here I am on Thanksgiving morning trying to figure out if I should double the ingredients for a 23 pounder. Exactly what I needed! Thank you Melissa and Natasha!!! 🙂 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 23, 2017

          Hi Mayya, 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” Reply

  • Anna Mcgovern
    October 19, 2017

    I love all your recipes, I am constantly printing them,maybe You should just put them together into the book,would be much easier for a lot of us ha,ha,ha. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 19, 2017

      I’m glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes so much! Thanks for following! Creating a recipe book is definitely on my bucket list! Reply

  • Yarixa Valencia
    October 18, 2017

    I did this Turkey last year and it was amazing. Never had a turkey so good. But this year my mother in-law will be joining and has an allergy to Lemons but not to Limes could that be a good substitution? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2017

      Hi Yarixa, I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe!! To be honest, I haven’t tested that and searching through the comments, I haven’t seen anyone write about using lime either. Hmmm… I think it could work, but I would probably use less and maybe not put the limes inside the turkey. I hesitate to recommend it without testing it though.. Maybe someone else has tested this – if so, please let us know! 🙂 Reply

      • Yarixa Valencia
        November 25, 2017

        So yes !! You can use lime but it does have a little last flavor. But is could be I was a little afraid of using to much limes ! It still was great ! My family did love it Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 25, 2017

          Great to know! Thank you!! Reply

  • Gillian Lai
    October 6, 2017

    Hi Natasha, thanks for the video. Can I ask if the foil follows the bird into the oven after 20mins? I know you only tap on the bird the first time but what about the second time? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 7, 2017

      Hi! Apply the foil triangle after the turkey has roasted for 20 minutes and leave it on until done roasting 🙂 Reply

      • Gillian Lai
        October 9, 2017

        Hi Natasha, this is my first thanksgiving dinner prepared for my family as we are new immigrants here. So this is my first every attempt in roasting a turkey. A lot of people including my hubby asked me to get precooked turkey to avoid disappointment. I am glad I took your recipe and wah lah….it’s a hit for my family. I even prepared the mushroom turkey dish for my leftover today lunch.

        Those juicy well cooked turkey meat is so mouthwatering to look at and taste really delicious. Thank you for the cooking tips. I will start following your site from now on…:) Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 10, 2017

          Awesome! I’m so glad to hear that Gillian! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Crystal
    October 6, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    Your turkey recipe looks amazing. It’s Canadian thanksgiving this weekend so I will prob be in the kitchen all day long. Excited and a little nervous on how my 12lbs turkey comes out. Wish me luck! P.S. I love all your recipes and will be making your gravy and mashed potato recipe too! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 6, 2017

      Hello Crystal! I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Please let me know what you think of this one! Reply

      • Crystal
        October 9, 2017

        Wow! Hands down, the juiciest and flavourful turkey I’ve tasted. All my guests loved it! Also, the gravy and mashed potatoes were a hit. Thanks again for your recipes. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 9, 2017

          My pleasure Crystal! I’m glad to hear how much everyone enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Richard Cutt
    September 24, 2017

    Natasha thank you for my Thanksgiving dinner menu for this year you are the best Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 25, 2017

      My pleasure Richard! I hope you enjoy the spread! 🙂 Reply

  • Anna
    June 29, 2017

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but does the turkey get cold by leaving it rest for an hour? If so how do you warm it back up before serving? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 29, 2017

      Hi Anna, the turkey does not cool down if it is rested. It will still be warm for serving. It is important to let it rest to have the juiciest turkey meat 🙂 Reply

  • Yana
    January 19, 2017

    I’ve made this turkey last thanksgiving and it was so tender and juicy, and the gravy…..oh my, it was sooooo flavorful, I’ve never made gravy from scratch before and I’m glad I did, I was so easy and not even time consuming. Thank you Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2017

      It IS so easy and delicious! I am glad you enjoyed it Yana! Reply

  • Tonia
    December 24, 2016

    Can I put the turkey in the oven bag? Does that change oven temp, and time? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2016

      I have not tested it in an oven bag so I can’t say for sure how that would work or how you would have to adjust the oven temperature. I would suggest looking at the instructions from the bags packaging. Reply

  • Sue
    December 24, 2016

    Do you baste? Thank you!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2016

      Yes, I baste once. Please see step three under how to roast a turkey. You can baste more often if you’d like, for even richer flavor. Reply

  • Haley
    December 20, 2016

    Hello! I always make your Cinnamon Apple Pie recipe and it is amazing, so I can’t wait to try this one! My question is, would it be okay to stuff the bird with more so I can make a stuffing at the same time or does this change the cooking times etc? Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 21, 2016

      Hi Haley, our family never added the traditional stuffing to our Thanksgiving bird so I can’t say for sure. I have read that it’s important to have the stuffing a safe temperature to consume as well and that can be tricky to get both fully cooked and safe to eat which is why I would probably cook it separately. I would definitely suggest using a meat thermometer so your turkey doesn’t end up overcooked. Sorry that’s not the most helpful answer… I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!! Reply

  • Liliya K
    December 9, 2016

    Almost forgot to thank you for this turkey recipe) it was a big deal this year. I used every ingredient and proportion exactly as you did (except for the butter: have decided one stick is all we can handle) and it came out perfectly juicy and tender!!! Thank you, Natashenka! P.S. I’ve discovered that there’s a boy and a girl turkey. There are some differences between them like the size, the amount of bones and meat. Do you have a preference? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 9, 2016

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful review! You know I never gave it much thought about the difference between a male and female turkeys. I did a little reading up on it and it sounds like male are larger and it actually should say on the package which one it is. I’ve never even paid attention but now I’m so curious! Reply

      • Liliya K
        December 11, 2016

        🙂 thank you for the reply! Reply

  • Matt D.
    December 4, 2016

    Dear Natashas Kitchen and everybody in that kitchen 🙂

    As a first timer, I have followed all your directions step by step exactly described and we have all tasted one of the best turkeys ever. Tender, juicy, tasty and whole 15lb turkey was gone in minutes.

    I am glad I found your website and recipe. Thank you so much!!!!

    We ‘ll invite more people next year 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 4, 2016

      Matt, thank you for such a wonderful review and I hope you’ll find many more favorites on the site 😬. Reply

  • Anya
    December 3, 2016

    What an amazing recipe! This year was my FIRST year that my turkey came out PERFECT!!! All thanks to you and your most delisious recipe! My family of five absolutely loved it and requested it for all our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!!! Again, Thank you so VERY much!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 3, 2016

      That. Is. Awesome!! I’m so happy to hear that 🙂 Thanks for the amazing review! Reply

  • Lana
    November 27, 2016

    First time making a turkey and went with this recipe…SUPER!!! Turkey was almost 18lbs which took less than an hour extra time. The gravy was so flavorful as well! Thanks a bunch for your hard work, it sure makes our lives a little easier!! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 28, 2016

      Lana, thank you for such a rave review, I’m all smiles 😬. Reply

  • Irina
    November 25, 2016

    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving (first time cooking for Thanksgiving) and it was absolutely perfect! I prepped the turkey the day before and baked it the next day. It was juicy, tender, and so flavorful. Thank you for the video tutorial – that helped! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 25, 2016

      Irina, thank you for such a great review and you are very welcome! 😀 Reply

  • Nina
    November 24, 2016

    Hello Natasha, we just ate our turkey it was awesome!!! This recipe is great and easy. Thanks for sharing..Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2016

      That is fantastic! Thank you so much for stopping by to share that with me today. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving day as well! Reply

  • Pierre
    November 24, 2016

    Natasha do you leave the tent on the turkey the whole cooking time? I noticed when you pulled out the Turkey at the end of the cooking time the foil was missing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 24, 2016

      Pierre, cover the turkey with the aluminum tent after reducing the temperature and keep it on for the rest of the cooking time. Reply

  • Lilia
    November 23, 2016

    Is it ok to roast this in the rack, or directly on the bottom of the pan? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 23, 2016

      I prefer it in the bottom of the pan so the base of the turkey ends up super flavorful and tender as it roasts in the buttery juices. Reply

  • Irina
    November 22, 2016

    Natasha,
    I am going to try this turkey recipe this Thanksgiving. My plan is to prep the turkey the day before and cook it the next day. Should I do anything different because of that? Do you think I should let the turkey sit out for an hour before cooking or is 30 minutes enough in this case? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2016

      Hi Irina, letting it sit for an hour would be even better. You don’t have to change a thing when you make it ahead. I’ve made it 3 days ahead before and it turned out great 🙂 Reply

      • Irina
        November 22, 2016

        Great! Thank you. Reply

  • Galina
    November 22, 2016

    Hi Natasha, love all your recipes! I want to try this on the 20 lb turkey this year, but contemplating if I should use Alton Brown’s brining method for 24 hours, then using your flavored butter method the night before Thanksgiving. I want to make sure the turkey is flavorful and juicy. Do you think it will be overkill to do both? Should I cut down on the salt in the butter since the turkey will be brined? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2016

      Hi Galina, I don’t think it would overkill to do both That would probably taste great given the larger bird. I think you would still be ok with the amount of salt in the butter but you can add less if you are concerned. Reply

  • November 21, 2016

    Making this for T-day! Woo-hoo! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 22, 2016

      Awesome!!! I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • Valentina
    November 21, 2016

    Hi Natasha, This turkey looks amazing, definitely will try this recipe. What other side dishes do you do for Thanksgiving ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Valentina, I hope I have time to put something together like this tomorrow but just in case I don’t, here are some ideas that I shared in our email newsletter last year 🙂 Reply

  • Eileen
    November 21, 2016

    Why not extra Virginia olive oil? I’m wanting to do my turkey this way, but that’s the only kind of olive oil I have. Thanks. Looks delicious Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Eileen, extra virgin olive oil has a lower smoke point. I think it could work but might get smoky initially at the higher heat. Reply

  • Kristina Bezuglov
    November 21, 2016

    Hey,natasha this is kristina you have alot of very good recipes and this one is one of the best.You have a very good taste in recipes. The turkey looks very good and crispy. How do you make it so nice and crispy? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Thank you Kristina, using the temperature in the oven and baking time makes the turkey nice and gives it a crispy appearance. Reply

  • Inna
    November 21, 2016

    Hi Natasha,

    You suggest to leave turkey for a whole hour to sit after you cooked it. My question isn’t it too long? I’m afraid it can get cold and have to be microwaved 😮 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Inna, don’t worry, it won’t be cold after 1 hour. If it is tented with foil, it will cool down slowly and will still be warm after an hour. If you give the turkey time to rest, the meat will be more tender, just like with a good steak. I would avoid microwaving turkey at all costs, or it will turn rubbery and dry. Reply

  • Diana
    November 21, 2016

    Natasha,
    Could you please point out the differences (if there are any) between this recipe and the one back from November 6th 2014.
    Thank you in advance Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Diana, they are the same recipe. We just created a video to make it easier to make it 🙂 Reply

  • Albina
    November 21, 2016

    Hi! Can I use rosemary and thyme instead of parsley? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Hi Albina, I haven’t tried that combination but I think it could work well. Reply

  • Marie
    November 20, 2016

    Hello,Natasha
    Your turkey looks good and I decided to give a try for the thanksgiving (it’s my first time).
    I heard that the most important to do before cooking the turkey is to brine first for 24 hours.
    What do you think?
    Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2016

      Hi Marie, I think that would just add to the juiciness if you have time to brine it but it isn’t necessary in this recipe. I hope you love it! 🙂 Reply

  • November 18, 2016

    What a beauty!. Bravo. I am so loving your short videos. You and Vadim are doing a wonderful job <3..
    Happy Thanksgiving!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 18, 2016

      Thank you so much for that awesome compliment! 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    November 17, 2016

    Happy, birthday dear)
    i remember its your bday today cuz mine and yours are on same day) in fact we are born in the same year)
    may you be blessed in your blogging) blessings in your family and everywhere you go.
    hugs to you, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 17, 2016

      Oh that’s awesome! Thank you!! And a happy and blessed birthday to you as well! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 17, 2016

      Oh that’s awesome! Thank you!! And a happy and blessed birthday to you as well! 🙂 Reply

  • Nell
    November 16, 2016

    Would you recommend using a floating rack in the roaster? Or is it better to have the turkey roast in it’s juice? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Hi Nell, I don’t use a rack for this one and it works out great. The dark meat under the turkey turns out super flavorful 🙂 Reply

  • November 16, 2016

    What a gorgeous Thanksgiving centerpiece! Well done Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Thank you Sara, it was a fun recipe to make 😀. Reply

  • Z.S
    November 16, 2016

    wow, you’re right on time with marinated turkey similar way and roasting technique is the same as yours – and I am a 100 % agree with you that butter makes turkey so juicy and flavorful. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Thank you, have a wonderful Thanksgiving 😀. Reply

  • November 16, 2016

    This recipe looks so good! I love that it’s fuss free and no need to take up space to brine. Your video is great, you and your husband are very talented with videos! I have a few chickens (we have 3 unneeded roosters lol) that we will be soon getting rid of soon, I will try roasting one of them like this. Also, on the roasting directions, you repeated taking the turkey out of the oven to baste it twice. 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Oh I can’t believe I did that!! Thank for catching that Katy! I really appreciate the heads up 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    November 16, 2016

    Natasha, i want to roast a whole chicken using this method. Do you think i should cut the ingreadients in half?
    and what about baking time?
    thanks. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2016

      Hi Viktoriya, I haven’t tried it with chicken but I have had a couple of readers report great results using this recipe for chicken (and also covering the chicken breast with foil). One of my readers said it took about 1 1/2 hours for a chicken, but it would really depend on the size of the chicken and I would suggest using a thermometer to check for doneness. Reply

  • November 15, 2016

    Whoa! Yummmmmm Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Thanks Sara! 🙂 Reply

  • Stacey
    November 15, 2016

    I didn’t see the video or pictures of putting together. Can you direct me to the video?

    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Hi Stacy, the video is towards the top just after the first paragraph :). Click Here for the step by step photos from the original turkey recipe. Reply

  • Natasha
    November 15, 2016

    Excited to try this recipe for this thanksgiving! 🙂 What is the difference between heavy duty foil and regular foil? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Hi Natasha, the heavy duty foil is just a thicker foil. If using regular foil, you might just do a double layer and it should work fine 🙂 Reply

  • Roz
    November 15, 2016

    This is pretty much how I cook a turkey too, and I totally agree with Karolina’s comment! Very talented lady 🙂
    This is my go to easy recipe for cranberry sauce – my other half eats it out of the bowl with a spoon if I don’t watch him!
    2/3 cup light soft brown sugar, or to taste
    1/2 cup orange juice, fresh or from a carton
    2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
    Tip the sugar and orange juice into a pan, then bring to the boil. Stir in the cranberries, then simmer until tender but still holding their shape – this will take about 5 mins if using frozen cranberries or 8-10 mins if using fresh. The sauce will thicken as it cools. Will keep in the fridge for 1 week. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Thank you so much for sharing your cranberry recipe!! I totally want to make it now! 🙂 Reply

  • Greg
    November 15, 2016

    Looks awesome! And for fresh cranberry sauce, here’s my simple, tangy sweet one:

    About 4 cups, enough for 8 servings.

    2 (12oz) bags of fresh cranberries, rinsed
    1 cup of sugar
    2 cups of 100% cranberry juice
    1/4 cup of Triple Sec

    Dissolve the sugar in the cranberry juice and Triple Sec over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and add in the cranberries. When the cranberries are soft and split open, about 20 minutes, taste for sweetness and add a little more sugar to taste. Cool, cover and refrigerate. This can be made days ahead, just don’t eat it before Thanksgiving! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Oh wow you use a Liqueur?! Sounds awesome!! Thanks for sharing that with us 🙂 Reply

      • Greg
        November 16, 2016

        Thanks Natasha. It’s a pain to try to wash off the wax from store bought oranges to get just the zest without the chemicals and it probably removes some of the orange oil too. Problem solved with Triple Sec. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 16, 2016

          That is smart! I need to get myself to the liquor store to get some and try it! What else do you use it for? Reply

          • Greg
            November 16, 2016

            Silly question, margaritas of course! And sangria too, lol. Oh right, you meant cooking… it makes an awesome glaze component on grilled salmon, pork, peaches… stir it into whipped cream for fruit salad topping… did I already mention margaritas?

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            November 16, 2016

            Ha ha! Thanks Greg! 🙂

  • karolina
    November 15, 2016

    I love this turkey recipe!! going to use you recipe again this year 😀, love your photography!!! you are very talented Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2016

      Karolina, thank you for that wonderful compliment, I really appreciate it 😁. Reply

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