Simple and Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe
It’s back to basics with an easy and classic Simple and Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe. It’s moist and delicious and the stuff Thanksgiving dreams are made of.
Servings Prep Time
6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 15minutes
Cook Time
  • 1 fresh or thawed turkey10-12 lbs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 lemonzested and juiced
  • 1tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1-2tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional1/2 apple sliced, 1/2 lemon quartered, 1/2 onion quartered, and 2-3 fresh sage leaves to stuff the turkey
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey and rinse the turkey inside and out. Pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and poultry seasoning.
  4. Place the turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt both the inside and outside and sprinkle with pepper.
  5. Optional: If you are stuffing the turkey, place the apple, lemon, onion, and sage leaves in the cavity.
  6. Use kitchen string to tie the legs together and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey to keep them from burning.
  7. Brush the melted butter mixture all over the turkey.
  8. Place the turkey in the oven uncovered and continue basting with the butter mixture about every 30 minutes.
  9. Cook the turkey until your food thermometer registers 165 degrees F. in the innermost part of the thigh, which should take approximately 2-3 hours.
  10. When the turkey is done, remove from the oven, tent loosely with foil and let it rest 20-30 minutes before carving.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Simple and Perfect Roast Turkey Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 290mg 12%
Potassium 234mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 0.01g 0%
Sugars 0.01g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 4%
Calcium 2%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.