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Learn how to make the best-roasted turkey with wonderfully crispy skin and juicy, tender meat. This is an easy recipe that is as delicious as it is beautiful. It will be the star of your holiday dinner.
I have the most wonderful roast turkey recipe to share with you today. It’s one I’ve been making for a long time, and it never fails to impress. It has it all: crispy skin, juicy meat, and amazing flavor. It also roasts so it’s perfectly golden. Just the way it should be.
I’ve tried many, many recipes and most come up a little short. Either they end up dry and flavorless or lack that crispy skin. Or the recipes are so complicated with so many steps it ends up being a stressful experience, which is the last thing we need during the holidays.
You will not have any of these problems with my maple-glazed turkey. I’ve made this recipe for the past eight Thanksgivings, it’s so easy to pull off, and it’s stunning! It’s the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.
I originally found the recipe in Martha Stewart Living, but I lost it several years ago. I found another one on All Recipes and adapted it based on what I remember from the original. So, it’s evolved to what I’m sharing today, and it is so delicious.
Easy Roasted Turkey
- This is a no-brine recipe. You can prepare all of it the day of – it’s so simple.
- The secret is the easy maple glaze. It gives the meat tons of flavor and works magic on the skin. The sugars in the glaze create a crispy, delicious skin that has a deep golden color.
- The meat is incredibly juicy and delicious. All of the flavors from the glaze seep in – you don’t need to worry about dry and bland meat with this recipe!
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- 14-pound turkey
- Mandarin oranges
- Softened unsalted butter
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Pure maple syrup
- Ground paprika
- White pepper
- Garlic powder
- Dried crushed thyme
- Dried rosemary
This recipe is so easy to prep it before it goes into the oven. My simple maple glaze takes minutes to make and gives it so much flavor and the skin! Well, it’s just so beautiful and crispy when it comes out of the oven.
How to Make the Maple Glaze
To make the glaze, combine the syrup, rosemary, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and thyme in a bowl.
That’s it! So easy.
How to Roast Turkey
You will need to do a few things to get it ready for roasting:
- Remove the plastic and the netting. There will be a bag of giblets inside the cavity – remove them and use them to make gravy or stock.
- Since this type of turkey is brined, you don’t need to rinse it. Instead, use paper towels to pat it dry. Removing the excess moisture from the skin will help it brown evenly.
- Put a baking rack in a roasting pan and place the turkey on top of it.
- I like to stuff mandarin oranges and lemons in the cavity. As the turkey cooks, the fruit will steam and infuse the meat with so much flavor.
I like to roast it at 325 degrees F. This keeps the skin from browning too fast and helps the meat cook more evenly.
Before you pop it in the oven, brush half of the syrup mixture all over the turkey. After 30 minutes of roasting, baste the turkey with the juices in the bottom of the pan and brush it with half of the syrup.
After one hour, baste it again and brush it with the rest of the maple glaze. Roast it until it’s golden brown and the internal temperature is 170 degrees F.
Once it’s done, take it out of the oven and cover it loosely with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slice it.
Just wait until you bring this beauty to your table. It will wow your family and friends! It’s so juicy and delicious – there’s a reason we make it every year! It’s definitely the best turkey recipe.
It will depend on the size of the turkey. A good rule of thumb is to cook it for 15 minutes for each pound. So, if you have a 10-pound one it will take approximately two and half hours.
If you use a brined or pre-basted turkey you should rinse it. Instead, just pat it dry.
It’s done when the internal temperature is 170 degrees. You should definitely use a meat thermometer to check it. Don’t depend on the little pop-up indicator that comes with many turkeys.
Leftovers will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator.
Now that you have an amazing roast turkey recipe, don’t forget all of the side dishes! Here are some of our favorites we love to make.
Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas
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I hope you give this wonderful maple-glazed turkey recipe a try this year for your holiday dinner – Enjoy! XOXO San
More Holiday Recipe Ideas
- Crock Pot Ham
- Best Mashed Potatoes
- Best Ever Italian Stuffing
Don’t forget to pin this recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.
Maple Glazed Turkey
- 14 pound turkey neck and giblets reserved for turkey giblet stock
- 4 mandarin oranges, halved optional
- 2 lemons, halved optional
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter softened
- coarse sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 1/4 cups pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Remove the plastic netting and wrap from the turkey roast, plus the neck and bag of giblets stuffed inside. NOTE: This turkey has already been brined, so once you get it out of the packaging just pat dry with paper towels. Place turkey on a baking rack on a baking sheet or roasting pan. Cut oranges and lemons in half and stuff them inside the cavity of the turkey and set aside.
- Mix together the maple syrup, rosemary, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and thyme, in a bowl, stirring to combine well. Brush 1/2 of the syrup mixture all over the turkey roast.
- 30 minutes into baking, baste the turkey with juices in the pan + 1/2 of the maple mixture remaining.
- 60 minutes into baking, baste the turkey with juices in the pan + 1/2 of the maple mixture remaining.
- Place the roast, skin side up, on a baking rack set in a roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven, basting occasionally until the roast is golden brown and a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reads 170 degrees F (75 degrees C). Wrap the roast in foil, and let stand 10 minutes before removing the string netting for slicing.