Roasting A Fresh Turkey

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Holiday


  • Rub outside of turkey with salad oil (Canola or Wesson). Rub salt & pepper (preferably white pepper) on the outside of the bird. This will give you a crispy skin.
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Cook turkey for 45 minutes. Remove from oven. Reduce heat to 250 degrees. Place a foil tent over the turkey and return to oven. Cook for approximately 20 minutes per pound.
  • How to tell when the turkey is done: The internal temperature of the turkey should reach 160 degrees. Place your instant thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh touching the bone.
  • You can also tell if your turkey is cooked to perfection if you twist the drum stick and hear the leg pop. The juices should run clear.
  • Let your bird rest, covered in foil, for 30 to 60 minutes.


Ensuring a moist breast:
Place a bag of ice on the breast of the turkey the night before or at least a couple hours before