How to Cook a Turkey:
Recipes, Tips, How-tos... EVERYTHING You Need!
This is it: your uber-complete guide to how to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because. Tips, recipes, techniques, side dishes, thawing, roasting... everything! Need more be said?
This amazingly (even obnoxiously) thorough guide to how to cook a turkey may just well change your outlook on turkey forever. Who'd have
thunk there was this much to know about a simple (though scrumptious) bird? In fact, you may get as tired of reading the word turkey as you do
of eating leftover turkey (and btw-- you'll find recipes for that here, too) once the holidays are over.
If you don't find the answers you're looking for here, go to the bottom of the page to ask a turkey question!
If you're attempting your first holiday turkey, you'll find all the techniques, turkey cookin' supplies, thawing times, recipes
and stuff you'll ever need. Even if you've got plenty of experience cooking turkey, we have lots of information here for you, too-- there are probably some things here you've never tried before!
If there's something to be known about cooking and eating a turkey, you'll find it below. Really.
Recipes for Baked & Roasted Turkeys
These recipes for simple, tasty roast turkey are so easy that anyone can make them. And so tasty that any chef would want to.
Perfect Dry Brined Roasted Turkey
This incredible (and icredibly easy) method for how to cook a turkey makes for moist, firm, and flavorful meat... the likes of which you may never have tasted.
Turkey Cooking Methods
Not sure how you want to cook your turkey this year? Here, we go over the different ways to cook turkey, from roasting in a bag to deep frying, and what makes each one great.
Simple Roast Turkey Recipe
This simple but delicious recipe for a roast turkey makes a wonderful, flavorful bird with a minimum amount of fuss. One of my favorite "low key" birds. Moist and scrumptious!
Getting the Turkey RIGHT
If you've tasted too many dry, overcooked turkeys in the past, or are simply looking for a way to re-vamp your old turkey recipe, these pages are full of tips to help you execute the perfect turkey (not literally-- that part should already be done!) every time.
Thanksgiving Turkey Tips
It doesn't matter when you cook your bird: Christmas, Thanksgiving, or just because you're REALLY hungry. These tips will help you plan for the perfect turkey every time.
The BEST Way to Cook a Turkey
Tips on different ways to flavor and cook a turkey. Will definitley help you decide on the perfect way to roast a turkey for your tastes, time, and situation.
How to Roast a Moist Turkey
Tips on getting the turkey moist every time you make one. Includes cooking and flavoring method, brine and marinade ideas, and more tips for getting a moist turkey.
Recipes for Deep Fried Turkey
Turkey Deep Fryer Instructions and Recipes
Looking to make a deep fried turkey? This page will start you off with all the basic instructions for how to cook a turkey in a deep fryer, plus some great recipes for Cajun fried turkey.
How to Fry a Turkey
Including turkey deep frying supplies, suggestion, and instructions, here you'll learn everything you need to fry a turkey for the holidays.
More Deep Fried Turkey Recipes
Here are some more great recipes for a deep fried turkey, from a classic-tasting moist turkey with brine to a full-out Cajun creation.
Deep Fried Turkey Injection Recipes
Get a ton of flavor into your deep fried turkey! Great recipes for turkey marinade injections (for fried or unfried turkey) and tips for injecting a turkey.
Smoked Turkey How-To's and Recipes
How to Smoke a Turkey
An overview of how to smoke a turkey, including instructions, smoker tips, turkey wood smoking choices, and more.
Turkey Smoking 101
Step by step instructions on how to cook a turkey in a smoker, from flavoring or brining a smoked turkey to lighting the smoker, to smoked turkey cooking times.
Cooking Smoked Turkey
Tips and instructions for how to cook a turkey that's already been smoked (either by you, or a pre-cooked, frozen smoked turkey).
Smoked Turkey Recipe Ideas
Recipes and ideas for smoking turkey, including smoked turkey brine recipes, spice rubs, and recipes for leftover smoked turkey, like pot pie and pate.
How to Thaw a Turkey
If you've never made a turkey before, how do you know what to do with that frozen block of bird? These turkey thawing time charts will help!
Best Ways to Thaw a Turkey
This page outlines the different methods out there for thawing a whole turkey or thawing a turkey breast, including tips on which should be the best one for you.
How to Bake a Turkey
Baking is the most common and the simplest way to prepare a holiday turkey. This takes you step by step through thre process.
How to Roast a Turkey
Tips on how to roast a turkey, including choosing recipes for roast turkey, the right kind of bird, and simple turkey instructions.
How to Carve a Turkey
Tips and instructions on how to carve a turkey so that it comes out perfect and juicy every time.
How to Cook Frozen Turkey
Forgotten to buy a turkey in time, or left yours in the freezer too long? Don't panic! You can cook frozen turkey using these turkey recipes and still get a great result. Here's how.
How to Slow Cook Turkey
Like the idea of this hands-off turkey cooking method that results in melt-in-your-mouth meat? Here's how to do it in the oven or the crock pot-- and as safely as possible!
Cooking Turkey Overnight
Tips and instructions on how to cook a turkey in the oven overnight at a low temperature. Results in a very tender bird.
Cooking Turkey in a Convection Oven
Convection ovens are great! But using one will change your timing and your final result a bit. Here are some tips for cooking your holdiay turkey in a convection oven.
Roasting Turkey in a Roaster Oven
Tips, timing, and instructions for how to cook a turkey in a roaster oven-- including how to get crisp skin!
If you don't find answers to your questions about how to cook a turkey in the pages above, go to the bottom of this page to ask a turkey question!
Turkey Prep and Planning
Calculating Cooking Times for Turkey
Don't know how long you need to cook your turkey? This page goes over cook times by type of bird and cooking method.
Turkey Breast Cooking Times
Guideline for cooking times for a turkey breast cooked in the oven, including convection oven turkey breast and an unthawed turkey breast cooked from frozen.
Supplies for Cooking Turkey
What do you stock up on for cooking a Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey? Here, I'll go over both must-have and optional supplies.
Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey
Whether cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because, this page will help you plan your turkey... as well as choose the perfect recipe.
Just the Bits
Cooking Turkey Drumsticks
(Turkey Breasts and Drumsticks)
Tips and recipes for cooking turkey drimsticks for Christmas, Thanksgiving, a summer BBQ, or whenever.
Barbecued Turkey Legs
Recipes and instructions for making sticky-sweet barbecued turkey legs.
Smoked Turkey Legs
For some, smoked turkey legs (like the kind at Disneyland) are the ultimate food. This page will help you get that same awesomeness at home.
Roast Turkey Breast Recipe
Tips on how to choose and cook a turkey breast for a special holiday meal, including my favorite recipe for lemon and herb roasted turkey breast.
Turkey Breast Cooking Directions
Tips and simple directions on how to cook a turkey breast perfectly every time, from seasoning to timing to carving. Makes it very easy!
Ideas for Cooking Turkey Breast
Tips and instructions on how to cook a turkey breast, including cooking methods, flavoring methods, and more.
How Long do you Cook Turkey Breast?
A guideline for how long it takes to cook a turkey breast in the fryer, smoker, grill, or crockpot.
Turkey Gravy and Stuffing Recipes
Turkey Gravy Recipe
If you want to make wonderful gravy for your wonderful turkey recipe, this page has everything you need. Including a great recipe for make-ahead turkey gravy that will save you loads of time.
Making Gravy from Turkey Drippings Step by step instructions from taking all those tasty turkey juices and making a wonderful homemade gravy from them. Delicious, simple, and easy to follow!
All About Homemade Gravy
An overview of the different kinds of homemade turkey gravy recipes, and how to make them. With these simple guidelines, making gravy is simple.
Traditional Turkey Stuffing Recipes You've gotta have a turkey dinner with stuffing! These turkey stuffing recipes are classic, wonderful, and can be used for stuffing a turkey or cooking outside of one.
Sausage Stuffing Recipes
Want to make a classic turkey stuffing recipe with sausage and spice? These recipes --each one really original and delicious-- will fit the bill.
Tips for Making Stuffing for Turkey
Tips and instructions on putting together stuffing recipes for turkey, including how to stuff the bird, how much to make, and what to put in a turkey dressing.
Cooking a Wild Turkey
Cooking a Wild Turkey
Tips on preparing a wild turkey & how to cook a turkey you shot yourself. Including plucking and skinning, plus some great recipes for a wild turkey.
Recipes for Wild Turkey
More great recipes for cooking a wild turkey for Christmas or Thanksgiving... or just because it's hunting season.
Have a Question About How to Cook Turkey?
Preparing your turkey recipe for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a special dinner, and not sure about something? Here's the place to ask and get answers. Pretty simple! I'll do my very best to answer-- as will other readers who stop by!
So come along to help and be helped!
Other Turkey Questions and Answers!
Click below to see turkey Q&A from other visitors... and how things turned out!
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