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How to Cook a Turkey, Perfect Every time!

Updated: Jan 7

✦ The biggest myth in all of cookery is that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is hard to achieve.

Here´s a secret recipe from the Brilliant team! So now you can have the perfect Christmas roast turkey :)

Turkey Recipe, featured on Brilliant-Online
Turkey Recipe that is perfect every time

Even if this is your first time, don't be scared, this will work! There is nothing to fear but the fear of dry turkey.

Prep 30 mins

Cook 3 hours


  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped

  • 1 (10 kg ) whole turkey, neck and giblets reserved

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 1/2 bunch chopped fresh sage


  1. Preheat oven to 165 degrees C.

  2. Place onion, celery, and carrot in a large, shallow roasting pan.

  3. Place the turkey, breast side up, on top of the vegetables in the roasting pan. Pat the outside and inside of the turkey dry with paper towels.

  4. Combine salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Season the inside of the turkey with about 1/3 of the salt mixture. Fold wing tips under the bird.

  5. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the edges begin to turn golden, about 2 minutes. Cook and stir the rosemary and sage for 1 minute.

  6. Place rosemary and sage inside the cavity of the turkey; reserve melted butter. Tie the legs together with twine.

  7. Brush the outside of the turkey completely with the melted butter. Season with remaining 2/3 of the salt mixture.

  8. Bake the turkey, uncovered, in the preheated oven until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 3 hours.

Hint: A meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 82 degrees C for a perfectly cooked turkey. Remove the turkey from the oven and allow it to rest in a warm area for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.


Let us know if you have a perfectly roasted turkey!


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