Perfect Turkey Recipe

Perfect Turkey

Jonathan Waxman


  • One  12-pound heritage turkey
  • salt
  • olive oil
  •   Sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • orange, halved
  • lemon, halved
  • head garlic, halved
  • cinnamon stick
  • black peppercorns
  • anise seeds
  • coriander
  • juniper berries
  • sweet butter, preferably organic

Here's a simple recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, courtesy of chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto Restaurant in New York City.

Click here to see The Perfect Christmas Dinner.


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, on convection, if available.

Prepare a sink big enough for the bird. Fill with hot water and 2 teaspoons salt. Wash the bird in hot water, pat dry, and let dry at room temperature.

Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a roasting pan. Sprinkle with a liberal amount of sea salt and fresh pepper. Lay the bird on top. Liberally season with sea salt and fresh pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining olive oil. Place the remaining ingredients inside the turkey's cavity.

Place in the oven, and roast for about 8-10 minutes per pound. You will need to baste every 20 minutes. Spin the turkey around every 20 minutes to help brown evenly.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 1 hour, covered with aluminum foil.


Calories per serving:

999 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Protein, Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 39g 59%
  • Carbs 7g 2%
  • Saturated 10g 50%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 12g
  • Polyunsaturated 10g
  • Protein 148g 296%
  • Cholesterol 490mg 163%
  • Sodium 1,423mg 59%
  • Calcium 106mg 11%
  • Magnesium 177mg 44%
  • Potassium 1,615mg 46%
  • Iron 6mg 34%
  • Zinc 12mg 82%
  • Phosphorus 1,261mg 180%
  • Vitamin A 119µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 18mg 30%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 24%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 75%
  • Niacin (B3) 52mg 260%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 209%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 56µg 14%
  • Vitamin B12 8µg 138%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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