Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

December 14, 2016
Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

Herb Butter Roasted Turkey

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings 12


  • 1 12 pound turkey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sage, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 1 small orange, quartered
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided


  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Remove giblets and neck, discard if desired. Wash turkey thoroughly inside and out, pat dry with paper towels.
  • In a small bowl, mix butter, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper inside the turkey cavity. Place lemon, orange, and onion wedges inside the turkey cavity. Tie the legs closed with kitchen string.
  • Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Season with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Spread the herb butter all over the turkey.
  • Roast for 2 ½ hours or until the temperature in the thigh reaches 165° F. Transfer turkey to a cutting board and rest 30 minutes before carving.


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