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Easy and Juicy Butter Roasted Turkey » Simple and Healthy Recipe! ✅

A classic preparation, simplified! If you are looking for an easy way to cook to perfection juicy turkey roast, that is! Our Buttermilk Roast Turkey recipe is extra moist and infused with even richer flavor!

There’s nothing like the smell of a roast turkey fresh from the oven to bring back wonderful childhood memories of Thanksgiving and time spent with family.

This recipe brings all the flavor of classic roast turkey but makes it so easy to prepare all year long!

What you need to make roast turkey

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  • Turkey – We use a 10 pound bird; if yours is larger, you may want to slightly increase the amount of other ingredients used for housing.
  • Butter – A stick (1/2 cup)
  • Poultry seasoning – There are no exact measurements here, just enough to liberally season your bird’s exterior.
  • lemons – You will need at least one pair
  • fresh rosemary – A handful
  • fresh thyme – A handful
  • Waterfall – for the pan
  • yellow onions – We use two small onions and cut them into quarters
  • Garlic – We use two heads of fresh garlic
  • Olive oil – This is optional; you can brush the olive oil on the skin of the turkey during the last part of the cooking time for better browning.

used kitchen utensils

What is the best skillet for turkey?

we love him covered oval rotisserie because it has a perfectly fitting lid, so it’s pretty much foolproof! Since the lid is on, it really locks in all the steam and juices during the first half of cooking. It’s even less messy!

However, you can still make a juicy turkey roast without this specific skillet. If you have a free toaster (a grill pan, but without a lid), simply cover your turkey with foil for the first half of cooking.

Why put butter on a turkey before cooking it?

Buttering under the skin of the turkey before cooking adds a layer of fat to help trap moisture inside. It also adds a rich buttery flavor.

You can do this right before cooking, or you can do it the night before and store the turkey in the refrigerator overnight.

Don’t worry too much about lumps or even butter spread. It will melt as it cooks and go everywhere!

How to roast a turkey

Preheat oven to 350°F. We recommend that you make sure it is heated through before you put the turkey inside to cook.

First, remove the offal from the turkey.

Then, carefully slide a large spoon between the skin and the breast to separate them and create a pocket.

Rub half of your butter into this pocket, under the skin. Rub the other half of the butter over the turkey, all over.

Place half a lemon, a bunch of rosemary and a bunch of thyme inside the cavity of the turkey and tie up the thighs. You can use kitchen string or cut a slit in the skin of the turkey and pull the legs to secure them, as shown below.

Generously coat turkey with poultry dressing.

Add water, quartered onions, lemon wedges, and garlic cloves to skillet.

Place turkey in skillet, on top of lemons, onions, and garlic.

Cook for a total of 3 1/2 to 4 hours (for a 10-pound bird). We recommend keeping it covered during the first half of cooking.

For the second half of cooking, remove the lid and baste the turkey with its juices every 20-30 minutes.

turkey cooking times

The directions and cook time for this recipe should work for an 8- to 12-pound turkey. If yours is in the 8-10lb range, the cook time will be closer to 3 1/2 hours and if yours is in the 10-12lb range, it will probably need the full 4 hours.

Obviously, keep an eye on it as it cooks and check with a meat thermometer if you think it’s almost done.

If you have a larger turkey, you’ll probably need to do a little more cooking. As a general rule of thumb, add 20 minutes for every extra pound of turkey.

What if my turkey is browning quickly?

If you notice your turkey starting to brown too quickly, there are a couple of things you can do to make sure it doesn’t burn.

First, reduce the heat in your oven to 300 or 325, depending on how quickly it browns.

Second, cover the turkey until almost done cooking. You can then remove the lid again and make the skin crispy.

What if my turkey doesn’t brown enough?

If you’re nearing the end of the cooking time and notice the turkey still looks a little pale, start dousing it with olive oil instead of turkey juice.

Since the oil does not contain water, it will help the skin crisp up faster.

You can also roast the turkey for the last 5 minutes of cooking to get that nice, golden skin if needed.

How do you know when the turkey is done?

No matter what your skin looks like, be sure to check with a meat thermometer before declaring it done. Place the thermometer in the fleshy part of the thigh to check the temperature.

A well-done turkey should have an internal temperature of at least 165°F. Keep in mind that it will continue to cook right after you take it out of the oven, so you can probably stop cooking once it reaches a reading of 160°F.

Should you cover a turkey after cooking it?

There is a common misconception that you should cover a turkey after removing it from the oven to prevent juices from spilling out.

However, what you are actually doing is creating a kind of oven and trapping the heat inside. Yes, we want to keep the turkey warm, but this overcooking will cause it to dry out quickly.

It’s best to leave the turkey uncovered at room temperature while you let it rest.

How long does a turkey need to rest?

“Rest” means giving the turkey time to reabsorb cooking juices. Cutting a turkey right away means the juices will be lost and the meat will dry out.

So how long should a turkey rest before carving?

At the very least, you’ll want to give it 45 minutes. My husband says an hour or more if possible. When planning your Thanksgiving dinner, be sure to keep this break time in mind!

What to serve with your roast turkey

Serve our Butter Roasted Turkey with some of these amazing side dishes!

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Slow Roasted Turkey (easy and juicy!)

A classic preparation, simplified! If you are looking for an easy way to make a perfectly juicy roast turkey, this is the one for you!

Preparation time 20 min

Cooking time 3 hours 30 min

Rest time 45 min

Total time 4 hours 35 min

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Festive

Keyword: roast turkey, turkey, whole turkey

Servings: 14

Calories: 423kcal

Author: Stacey, also known as the soccer mom.

Cost: $20

  • 10 pounds of turkey
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil optional
  • 3 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 lemons
  • Optional rosemary bouquet
  • bunch of thyme optional
  • 2 small yellow onions, quartered
  • 2 heads of garlic
  • 2 cups of water

Note: Nutrition information is only a rough estimate; actual values ​​will vary based on exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

  • If the turkey is not browning enough, broil the turkey for the last 5 minutes of cooking to crisp up the skin.
  • If turkey browns too quickly, reduce oven temperature to 300 or 325 and replace lid.

Calories: 423kcal | Carbs: 4g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 354 IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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