Roast Turkey (Easy Steps For New Cooks)

Prep Time
6 1/2h
Cook Time
6h 30m
Ready In

"With Thanksgiving, Christmas etc sneaking up on us I thought it may be helpful for new cooks to have an easy step by step recipe for roasting a Turkey. This is a straight forward basic recipe. You will also need #recipe11295 The preparation time for the turkey does not include the 25 minutes prep time to make the stuffing or the gravy preparation time.."

Original is 10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (648.8 g)
  • Calories 798.1
  • Total Fat - 21.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 449.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1063.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.7 g
  • Sugars - 0.5 g
  • Protein - 144 g
  • Calcium - 99 mg
  • Iron - 6.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325f and put a rack in a roasting pan.

Step 2

N.B. If you use a foil roasting pan have it seated firmly on a solid tray do not attempt to carry it on it's own without bottom support.

Step 3

Remove neck& giblets from the cavity of the bird Rinse turkey thoroughly inside and out patting it dry with a paper towel.

Step 4

Sprinkle salt & pepper inside and over the skin of the bird.

Step 5

Stuff the bird with dressing.N.B. Do not do this until just before you are going to roast the bird.

Step 6

Stuff the neck cavity as well as the body cavity.

Step 7

Secure the neck flap with a skewer or stitch it.

Step 8

Tie drumsticks together and close the body cavity securely.

Step 9

In a small bowl combine butter, rosemary, sage& thyme, mix well Gently loosen the skin covering the breast, be careful not to tear it Spread herb mixture under the skin and over it Place turkey on rack in the roasting pan.

Step 10

Roast the turkey basting every 20 minutes or so If the bird begins to brown too soon place a piece of tin foil loosely over it.

Step 11

The bird is cooked when a meat thermometer reaches 180 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh Apprx 6 hours Remove turkey from roaster and let stand for 25 minutes Remove ALL the stuffing from the bird, Carve and Serve

Step 12

Left over turkey and stuffing can be frozen as long as you freeze them separately. Make gravy in the roasting pan while the turkey is resting There are several recipes for gravy posted here on Zazz Pick your favorite


  • You will also need Recipe #11295 Onion Mushroom stuffing and a gravy recipe

3 Reviews


Wonderful turkey -- our turkey was a bit larger but this worked out wonderfully for us. I did use fresh rosemary since rosemary grows like weeds in my yards but used the dried for the other herbs. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(26 Nov 2020)


This is a great tasting turkey recipe we really enjoyed, 5 stars all the way!!! The seasoning is perfect. I usually brine my turkey before cooking it but I did not have the time to do so this time, so finding this recipe was a godsend!! I will be making this again for sure.


review by:
(25 Dec 2016)


I wish I could give this turkey recipe 10 stars! We have enjoyed our turkey made like this for many years and will continue to enjoy for many more. The turkey is moist and tender the herbs are not overpowering, just enough to give a wonderful flavor. If you are a new or seasoned cook give this turkey recipe a try. Thank you Bergy for sharing this wonderful recipe!


review by:
(3 Dec 2015)

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