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Roast Turkey

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: Up to 3 hours (+20 minutes per additional pound)
  • Serves: 8-10

A simply roasted turkey recipe, glazed with rosemary-infused butter.


1 12-14-pound turkey, giblets and neck removed, at room temperature for 1 hour 
3 T. kosher salt (optional)
1 1/2  T. freshly ground black pepper
1 medium onion, quartered
2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
3 T. reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 T. mirin (or 1 T. dry white wine mixed with 1/2 tsp. sugar)
3 sprigs rosemary


To Prepare

Preheat oven to 450°. Set a rack inside a large roasting pan. Pour 4 cups water into pan. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Tuck tips of wings under bird. If turkey is not brined, rub bird inside and out with salt. Season inside and out with pepper and place on rack in pan. Place onion and celery in cavity. Rub 3 tablespoons butter over turkey. Roast turkey, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir remaining 3 tablespoons butter, soy sauce, and mirin (or substitute store-bought teriyaki sauce for soy sauce and mirin) in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted and smooth. Add rosemary. Cover; keep glaze warm over lowest heat.

Reduce oven to 325°. Baste turkey with pan juices; add more water if needed to maintain at least 1/4-inch liquid in pan. Roast for 30 minutes; baste with pan juices. Brush lightly with glaze.

Continue roasting turkey, basting with pan juices and brushing with glaze every 30 minutes, and tenting with foil if turning too dark, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 165° (juices should run clear when thermometer is removed), about 3 hours total.

To Serve

Transfer turkey to a platter. Tent with foil; let rest for 1 hour before carving.

Pair with Chêne Bleu 2017 Viognier or Château du Moulin-à-Vent 2016 Couvent des Thorins Beaujolais

Eddie's Recipe Tip:

Brining your turkey helps lock in the moisture for juicy dark and light meat. The process involves soaking the turkey in a saline solution prior to cooking, anywhere from 8 to 18 hours. Choose from a variety of delicious brining kits, most of which include both seasoning and brining bag.