Home Sweet Home Cranberry Glazed Turkey Breast

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 25m
Ready In

Recipe: #35171

June 30, 2020

"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 is 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. Also refer to NOTE, below


  • 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 by Step Method


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.)


Step 3

Preheat the oven to 350 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.

NOTE: When making this Essence seasoning blend, I sometimes leave out the salt and cayenne or add less. This way it gives me the option to control the salt/heat intake and add more "flavor" without oversalting. You can always add the salt and cayenne after you've seasoned with the Essence, but you can't take it away if it's already incorporated into your food.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews

Carols Cafe

Delicious! The meat was very flavorful and tender. We enjoyed it very much as part of our Christmas dinner.


review by:
(25 Dec 2020)

Daily Inspiration

My first time brining a turkey breast and the turkey turned out sooooo moist and tender. The time and effort and absolutely worth it and I will definitely make this recipe again. : )


(26 Nov 2020)

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