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Easy Herb Roasted Turkey Recipe
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Easy Herb Roasted Turkey

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"This is an easy and delicious recipe for a turkey that is perfectly browned on the outside while being both tender and juicy on the inside!"

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Original recipe makes 1 (12 pound) turkey Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 30 mins

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Clean turkey (discard giblets and organs), and place in a roasting pan with a lid.
  2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic powder, dried basil, ground sage, salt, and black pepper. Using a basting brush, apply the mixture to the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover.
  3. Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Remove bird from oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 27, 2008

This makes the yummiest, really moist and tender (as in falling off the bone, literally; if you need your turkey to be pretty, keep a sharp eye out) Thanksgiving bird. Definitely make gravy from the herb-y, flavorful drippings - it completely kicks you-know-what, too. Can't say enough good things about this one. I used softened butter, which is tasty and easier to handle, and put most of the mixture under the skin. My roaster doesn't have a lid, so I tightly covered with foil; it worked just fine. In other words, you can't go wrong! **Added later: well, I've made this several more times in different ways - In the oven with a turkey bag, in a countertop roaster, all olive oil instead of butter, sprinkling generously with paprika after pouring on the herbs (to enhance browning - but don't baste or the "fake tan" will wash off!)... turns out great every time. Made Thanksgiving lunch this year ('07) for 50+ people at work, including this turkey, and it was rave reviews all around! ** Added '08: I've made this about six times now, so I've decided that this is the magic combo: use olive oil as written; use most of the mixture under the skin with just enough outside for pretty; don't use an oven bag; after the herbs are poured on, add a generous coating of Paprika and skip the basting (don't need it anyway!). Cooked again for work - well before noon at least 10 people had walked up to me with shiny fingers and half-full mouths, saying "that turkey is so GOOOD!". 'Nuf said.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 14, 2006

The turkey looked fabulous, smelled like heaven but it just didn't do it for me. My family and I are such 'skin' people... not that great, sorry.

Feb 10, 2007

I've used this recipe for two years now - it is fabulous! The only things I changed were cooking it in a turkey bag and preparing the spices a little differently. I mix them in a softened whole stick of butter, smear it all in a small plastic bag, roll it up, then refrigerate (a la Sandra Lee). Once firm, I slice it and put the pats under the skin and in the cavity of the bird. My turkeys were always, always dry before I found this recipe; now they get rave reviews. It's a keeper!

Dec 26, 2003

Okay, listen good and hard. This turkey recipe is the *BEST* turkey recipe on the planet. EVERYONE loved it including the kids! Just as others mentioned, you do need to take the solution and put under the skin of the turkey between the skin and the meat - right on top of the meat and the outside of the skin as well. I also doubled the solution as to have more rub for my large turkey. P.S. I added about 3 tbs of butter and mixed into the mixture to give an additional buttery flavor. If you think I'm wrong about this -- let me tell you what a 10 year old told me after eating my turkey *LEFTOVERS* -- "This turkey is better than my momma's... her's is dry." Isn't that sweet? This is the juciest turkey recipe you will ever try, I promise. And the flavor is out of this world. Thank you whoever invented it! It will be my turkey recipe for every Thanksgiving and Christmas from now until eternity! Brandy

Oct 12, 2003

This was so easy, no basting! And it was very moist. However, the skin did not brown under the tin foil, so next time, I wil take the tin foil off about an hour before it is done.

Dec 05, 2005

Loved this! Silly me, I thought I needed to double the recipe because I was using a bigger turkey big mistake! In the end I wasted a lot of olive oil and spices. My advice is to use the measurements as directed no matter what the size of your turkey is.

Nov 26, 2008

My first time making turkey and everyone at the dinner party was amazed. Things like "the moistest turkey ever" "delicious" "oh my god, are you sure you made this yourself?"... I had a 12lb turkey, lightly stuffed w/ italian sausage stuffing, coated in the herb ingredients.. cooked breast side up for 2 hours (covered), then breast down (uncovered) for another 2 hours. Oh - I used 1/2c olive oil, 1/4c melted butter. I didn't even baste it once! Crispy, browned, juicy. I can't say enough good things!!! Update: cooked it again for a "Trial Run" dinner.. fantastic. Followed exactly as I did it last time - just be careful flipping the bird, its hot and if your hands slip, you lose some of the golden skin. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec 26, 2005

My first turkey and it came out wonderfully. Used 1/2 oil and butter, and used a can of chicken stock with garlic (14 oz) instead of the water. Injected the turkey with the garlic chicken stock as well, and added a whole onion and a whole garlic bulb to the cavity. For my 13 lb turkey, cooked at 325 with a foil tent for 2.5 hours, then removed the foil and upped to 350 for 1.25 hours. PERFECTION! My family raved.


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  • Calories
  • 597 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 198 mg
  • 66%
  • Fat
  • 33.7 g
  • 52%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 68.2 g
  • 136%
  • Sodium
  • 311 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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