How To Bake a Turkey: Recipe for Cooking a Turkey

Learn How To Cook a Turkey for Celebrating Your Favorite Holiday

Cooking turkey in the oven
Everyone cautions against cooking it "the wrong way", but what exactly is the right way to cook a turkey? Here are cooking tips that will turn out a moist and delicious main dish, every time.

Step 1

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Turkey (any size), thaw first
  • 1 can turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Baster
  • Roasting pan, large enough to fit the turkey
  • Oven mitts

Step 2

Prepare the baking dish. Be aware that thawing can take a day or two, so don't start preparing your baking supplies until it is fully thawed. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lay the bird on a piece of tin foil and cut a piece large enough to wrap around it lengthwise. Cut two pieces the same size. Then lay one piece of the foil lengthwise in the pan and the other widthwise, centering both in the pan.

Step 3

Prepare. First remove it from the packaging. Remove the metal or plastic holding the legs together, as well as the innards, which usually come packaged inside the turkey. Rinse before baking.

Step 4

Place in the pan. Place on top of the foil in the pan. Pour the water and broth over it, as well as any seasonings you want to use. You can add poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, or parsley, or your own combination of seasonings. Bring the pieces of foil together over it so that they will hold the steam in and keep the bird from drying out.

Step 5

Bake. While it's baking, use the baster to spread the pan juices at least every 30 to 45 minutes. Use oven mitts to protect your hands from the trapped steam that will escape as you baste.

Step 6

Remove from the oven. Bake until a fork inserted into the breast or leg penetrates and comes out easily. The total cooking time will depend on the size of the bird; most take about 3 to 4 hours. A general rule of thumb is 20 minutes for every pound. You may want to remove the foil for the last half an hour or so for the top to brown. Once it's done baking, remove from the oven, and carve.

Step 7

Enjoy! Serve with traditional sides like cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, or be creative and serve a nontraditional dinner.

We hope you enjoy this recipe and now that you know how, you'll have it more often than just special holidays.

If you follow this recipe, you'll get a moist and delicious main dish every time.


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