Home Sweet Home Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 25m
Ready In

"Here in this recipe is a tasty twist to a turkey dinner that uses turkey breast which can be made for a small crowd any time of year. Source: Emeril"

Original recipe yields 8 servings
  • FOR ESSENCE - Please note that the Essence recipe makes 2/3 cup and the full amount is NOT intended to be used in this recipe, only 1 tblsp is required. Save the remainder for other recipes, as Essence has great flavor for many a dish.


  • Serving Size: 1 (997.8 g)
  • Calories 657.9
  • Total Fat - 5.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 150.5 mg
  • Sodium - 18558.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 71.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7 g
  • Sugars - 72 g
  • Protein - 79.8 g
  • Calcium - 112.6 mg
  • Iron - 4.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 46.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg


Step 1

Combine all of the brining liquid ingredients in a large non-reactive container (a stockpot works well for this) and stir to dissolve the salt and sugar. Rinse the turkey well under cold running water. Place the turkey in the brine, cover, and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.


Step 2

While the bird is brining, make the cranberry glaze by combining the cranberries, ginger, orange zest, sugar, orange juice, and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cranberries burst and sauce is very thick. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a mixing bowl to cool. When cooled, add the liqueur and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to glaze the bird. (Make sure to return the glaze to room temperature before serving. If the glaze gets too thick, thin it with a bit of water.)

Cooking the Bird

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 4

Remove the turkey from the brine and discard the brine. Place the turkey, breast side up, in an aluminum foil-lined roasting pan. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub the turkey with the vegetable oil and sprinkle on all sides with Essence.

Step 5

Roast the turkey until it is golden brown and almost done, about 1 hour and 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the turkey from the oven and brush all over with about 1/3 cup of the cranberry glaze. Return the turkey to the oven and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast registers 160 to 165 degrees F, about 10 minutes longer. (If the turkey begins to get too dark before it is cooked through, cover loosely with aluminum foil until it reaches the desired temperature. Transfer to a platter and let rest at least 15 minutes before carving.

Step 6

Carve into thin slices. Serve with the remaining glaze passed at the table.

ESSENCE (also knowns as Bayou Blast)

Step 7

Combine all of the ingredients thoroughly. Makes 2/3 cup.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.