Roasted Turkey



  • One  8 to 10-pound turkey
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • medium onion, quartered
  • head garlic, halved
  •   Several sprigs of fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage
  • bay leaves
  • 8 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted

A simple combination of herbs is the secret to this roasted turkey recipe.


Adjust a rack to lowest position and remove other racks. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove turkey parts from neck and breast cavities and reserve for other uses, if desired. Dry bird well with paper towels, inside and out. Salt and pepper inside the breast cavity and stuff the onion, garlic, herbs, and bay leaves inside. Set the bird on a roasting rack in a roasting pan; breast side up and brush generously with half the butter and season with salt and pepper. Tent the bird with foil.

Roast the turkey for 2 hours. Remove the foil and baste with the remaining butter. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees and continue to roast until an instant read thermometer registers 165 degrees in the thigh of the bird, about 45 minutes more.

Remove turkey form the oven and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving.


This recipe was adapted from the original on


Calories per serving:

936 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 420g 647%
  • Carbs 32g 11%
  • Saturated 151g 754%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Trans 4g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 840g 1,680%
  • Cholesterol 3,020mg 1,007%
  • Sodium 2,681mg 112%
  • Calcium 819mg 82%
  • Magnesium 947mg 237%
  • Potassium 11,353mg 324%
  • Iron 62mg 345%
  • Zinc 91mg 606%
  • Phosphorus 7,421mg 1,060%
  • Vitamin A 3,737IU 75%
  • Vitamin C 45mg 74%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 174%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 6mg 371%
  • Niacin (B3) 167mg 837%
  • Vitamin B6 18mg 878%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 363µg 91%
  • Vitamin B12 17µg 275%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 17mg 85%
  • Vitamin K 136µg 170%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 142g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 85g
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