Easy Garlic Herb Turkey Roast Recipe

By Rena |

This Easy Garlic Roasted Turkey recipe is not only super simple to make, but it is also so moist and delicious, it will wow everyone at your holiday dinner table. Tender, juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside and so tasty. Perfect for a stress-free Thanksgiving!

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We will be showing you everything you need to know on how to make this Easy Turkey recipe! Tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. This is a foolproof, packed with flavor, juicy and delicious Thanksgiving turkey recipe that everyone will rave about during your holiday dinner.

If you’re looking for other delicious turkey recipes, why not also try my Italian Baked Turkey Meatballs or my Oven Roasted Maple Turkey Breast!

why this easy turkey recipe is so good

  • Packed with flavor. The turkey is rubbed between the skin and breast with super flavorful garlic and herb mix – delicious!
  • Tender and juicy turkey. No dry turkey anymore! Succulent, moist, and are finger-licking good. Using a few simple rules, This turkey is roasted to perfection.
  • Foolproof roast turkey. Only a few ingredients needed and only a few simple steps -one less thing to stress you out around the holidays!

ingredients you’ll need

  • Turkey
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Herbs: Rosemary, sage, and thyme.
  • Red or White Wine Vinegar (or freshly squeezed lemons)
  • Salt & Pepper

how to make this easy garlic herb turkey roast

  • Thaw – Begin to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator 2-3 days before roasting. Remove from the fridge 2 hours before cooking.
  • Make your herb mix – In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • Apply herb mix – Gently loosen the skin from the breast of the turkey by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin.
  • Place in roasting pan Roast – Pour vinegar or lemon juice over the turkey and into the cavity then cover with aluminum foil. Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan and
  • Cook – Roast for 2.45-3 hrs.
  • Allow to rest for 20 mins, serve, and enjoy!
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recipe notes and tips

  • Begin to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator 2-3 days before roasting.  This Step is crucial because cooking a turkey that’s still frozen will take much longer to cook.
  • Allow the turkey to come up to room temp before cooking.
  • Use a preheated oven.
  • If you feel like washing your turkey with some vinegar, you can do so but not necessary.
  • Pat your turkey dry before adding the herb mix.
  • Remove any large fat deposits, neck, and giblets from the turkey.
  • Use a rack inside your roasting pan.
  • You can add some lemons, onions, herbs into the cavity of the turkey for some extra flavor.
  • Tuck the wings under the legs of the turkey to prevent them from burning.
  • You can add loads of veggies to the bottom of the pan if you like.
  • Let the turkey sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to distribute evenly throughout the turkey, keeping it moist and succulent.
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faq’s

HOW LONG TO BAKE A TURKEY

It takes about 15-18 minutes to cook one pound of turkey. Depending on how large your turkey is, a 10-pound turkey will take about 2 hours to cook through. It is best to use a digital thermometer to check the doneness of your turkey. Place the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat you are testing. Either the breast or the thighs.

If using a digital thermometer, the white meat (breast) should read 165-170 F. On the other hand, the dark meat (legs) should read 180 F.

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Do i need a thermometer for this easy turkey recipe?

No problem. You can use a knife to test if the turkey is done. Pierce the breast or leg meat with the knife. If the juices that run out of it is white/clear, then it is done. Pink juice coming out of the meat means it needs more time to cook.

WHAT SIZE TURKEY TO BUY FOR THANKSGIVING

You know how many people are coming over for dinner but you arent sure what size turkey to get? Here is a quick tip. Get about 1.5 pounds of turkey per person. So if you are having 8 people on your dinner table, get a 12-pound turkey. If you would like some leftover turkey, then get a 15-pound turkey.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO THAW A TURKEY

A 5-pound turkey will need at least a day to thaw in the fridge. It will take 2-3 days to thaw a larger turkey so please plan ahead. Place the turkey in a pan or big dish before you place it in the fridge to prevent turkey water from seeping all over the fridge.

should i cook my STUFFING INSIDE THE TURKEY?

It is best to cook your stuffing in a casserole instead of adding the stuffing into the cavity of the turkey. Adding stuffing into the turkey will absorb all the juices from the meat and get absorbed into the stuffing instead of the meat. Also, the stuffing will generally add more cooking time to the turkeys cooking time and may cause the turkey meat to overcook and dry out. A quick tip, add the juices from the bottom of your pan over the turkey to get the same great flavors.

should i LET THE TURKEY REST?

After you take out the turkey from the oven, allow it to sit out for at least 15-40 minutes. Remove from pan and place in a large dish along with the veggies (if using). Then add some of the juices over the turkey, cover, and let it sit.  You can leave in the pan but still cover it with foil and allow it to rest before you cut through and serve.

do i need to WASH THE TURKEY?

The FDA recommends that you DON’T wash your poultry because you will just cause contamination of your sink. Just pat the turkey down using a paper towel instead. Any germs and such will be eliminated during cooking. For those that insist on washing, you can use a combination of lemon juice and vinegar even though this step is not necessary.

should i BRINE THE TURKEY?

Brining is really not necessary if you buy a high-quality turkey like butterball for example. This Easy Turkey recipe gives you juicy and moist turkey without brining.  Wild turkey will need to be brined to get a tender and juicy finish.

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turkey gravy

GRAVY for this easy turkey recipe

The best way to make the best homemade turkey gravy is to use the drippings from the turkey you just made. While the turkey is resting before you serve dinner, make the gravy! You can always make the gravy ahead and just use chicken stock.

For a step by step recipe on how to make gravy from scratch, check out this Turkey Gravy recipe using the drippings from this easy turkey roast recipe.

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What side dishes go well with this Easy Turkey recipe?

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easy thanksgiving turkey recipe

Easy Garlic Roasted Turkey Recipe

Easy to make and seasoned with a homemade garlic herb seasoning. Perfectly moist and cooked to perfection.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
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Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 516kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 12 lbs Turkey
  • Cup Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced or pressed
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary Chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Fresh Sage Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme picked
  • 1 Cup Red or White Wine Vinegar or freshly squeezed lemons
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Begin to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator 2-3 days before roasting.
  • Remove the turkey from the refrigerator about 2 hours before cooking to allow it to come closer to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • Remove turkey and pat dry. Take out any large fat deposits and giblets. Gently loosen the skin from the breast by slowly working your fingers between the breast and the skin.
  • Using your hand, spread a generous amount of the herb mixture under the breast skin. Rub the remaining of the herb mixture all over the outside of the turkey.
  • Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour the vinegar or lemon juice over the turkey and into the cavity, then loosely cover with aluminum foil.
  • Add about 2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan. Roast in the preheated oven for about 2:45 – 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 180F.
  • Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, cover with tin foil and let it sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Begin to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator 2-3 days before roasting.  This Step is crucial because cooking a turkey that’s still frozen will take much longer to cook.
  • Allow the turkey to come up to room temp before cooking.
  • Use a preheated oven.
  • If you feel like washing your turkey with some vinegar, you can do so but not necessary.
  • Pat your turkey dry before adding the herb mix.
  • Remove any large fat deposits, neck, and giblets from the turkey.
  • Use a rack inside your roasting pan.
  • You can add some lemons, onions, herbs into the cavity of the turkey for some extra flavor.
  • Tuck the wings under the legs of the turkey to prevent them from burning.
  • You can add loads of veggies to the bottom of the pan if you like.
  • Let the turkey sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to distribute evenly throughout the turkey, keeping it moist and succulent.

Nutrition

Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 232mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. asma saleem says

    5 stars
    I love the fact that your turkey is so tender and juicy. I was telling my friend the other day that why my turkey turns out to be so rubbery and hard, it’s probably because I do not use enough sauce. I am definitely going to try out your recipe it is perfect for Thanksgiving and for weeknights. My husband loves roasted turkey, roasted chicken wings and beef. thank you for sharing your recipe.

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