Brined Turkey

Brined Turkey
Staff Writer


This turkey made its way into chef Craig Deihl’s recipe collection by way of a staff meal at his Charleston restaurant Cypress. He explains that while many people don’t do it on Thanksgiving, the brine is the single most important part of getting a perfectly moist turkey, and adds, "The brine makes the difference between a good turkey and a great one." After trying his recipe, we believe him.

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For the brine and the turkey

In a saucepan, combine the 2 cups water with the salt and sugar. Place over medium-high heat. Stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved. If it starts to boil, lower the temperature. Add the sage, thyme, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves and cook for 3 minutes. In a large container, combine the ice water and the hot mixture. Stir with a large spoon. Liquid should be ice cold. Place the turkey into the brine and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine and put in a colander with the legs facing down to drain excess brine. Brine can be discarded. Using paper towels, pat the turkey dry. Roast the turkey in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 5 hours or until an internal thermometer reaches 160 degrees.


Calories per serving:

853 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Carb Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 32g 49%
  • Carbs 11g 4%
  • Saturated 8g 41%
  • Fiber 0g 1%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 10g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 123g 246%
  • Cholesterol 408mg 136%
  • Sodium 7,082mg 295%
  • Calcium 106mg 11%
  • Magnesium 152mg 38%
  • Potassium 1,306mg 37%
  • Iron 5mg 29%
  • Zinc 10mg 68%
  • Phosphorus 1,046mg 149%
  • Vitamin A 99µg 11%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 19%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 62%
  • Niacin (B3) 43mg 217%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 173%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 41µg 10%
  • Vitamin B12 7µg 115%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 0µg 0%
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