baking a turkey in the oven
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How to Cook a Moist Turkey

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: moist, roasted, turkey
Servings: 12
Calories: 311kcal
Author: The Typical Mom



  • Remove turkey from packaging and remove giblets. Rinse well on inside and out.
  • In a large stock pot boil water and add salt so it dissolves, once achieved allow water to cool to room temp. Then add the turkey. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to cook preheat oven to 350 degrees and remove turkey from the brine. Rinse off.
  • Pat turkey dry and place in a roasting pan with the wings on the bottom and tucked under the bird.
  • Add apple and vegetables into the cavity of the bird.
  • Pour olive oil on top of the bird and generously season with salt and pepper all over.
  • Put turkey in the oven and cook according to the chart above or until the internal temp. is 165 degrees.
  • If the skin on top begins to brown too fast create a looser tent of aluminum foil over the top. When done allow to rest for at least 20 minutes before slicing
  • Timing = 10-18 lbs is 3-3.5 hrs, 18-22 lbs is 3.5-4 hrs, 22-24 lbs. is 4-4.5 hrs, 24-29 lbs. is 4.5-5 hrs


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 19137mg | Potassium: 510mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg