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Oven Roasted Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey is a tender and juicy, high-protein main dish that you can serve for Thanksgiving!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Oven Roasted Turkey
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 12 servings
Calories 630kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 12-15 lbs turkey
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Butter Mixture:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Zest from 1 orange
  • 6 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Turkey Stuffing:

  • 1 large onion quartered - do not peel
  • 6 garlic cloves smashed
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 5 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 orange quartered

Items that you'll need:

  • Foil
  • Kitchen string
  • Large - heavy roasting pan
  • Meat thermometer


  • Brine and prepare the turkey:
  • Brine the turkey according to package directions or search on the blog on how to dry-brine your turkey. Plan at least 1 day for this step.
  • Once ready to cook, pat dry the turkey and season the cavity generously with 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper.

Butter Mixture:

  • In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients listed under this section. Stir until smooth.
  • Gently push your fingers under the turkey skin, lift and separate the skin from the turkey breast. Separate as much skin as possible, don't rush and be careful not to tear the skin.
  • Stuff 2/3 of the butter mixture under the skin and use the remaining to massage it on top of the skin all over the turkey.
  • Drizzle the turkey with olive oil and generously season with sea salt and ground black pepper for a crispier skin.


  • Stuff the turkey with all the listed ingredients under this section.
  • Cross the turkey legs and tie them together.


  • Preheat the oven to 430 degreed Place the oven rack in the lower part of your oven so the turkey fits in.
  • Place an oven-safe meat thermometer into the bird, just beneath the drum stick.
  • Roast uncovered in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • Remove turkey from the oven and baste with the juices from the pan.
  • Reduce oven to 360 degrees F, cover turkey breast with foil and bake for another 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until the temperature in the breast reaches 160 degrees F.
  • Uncover, baste again and let it brown or use the broil function to make the skin crispier. Careful to NOT burn the bird.
  • Remove the turkey from the oven, cover with foil loosely and let it rest for at least 1 hour.
  • Transfer the bird to a serving plate, decorate with fall veggies, fruits, and fresh herbs.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Calories: 630kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 273mg | Sodium: 982mg | Potassium: 814mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 4mg