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Brined Roasted Turkey

The Best Turkey Brine

This turkey brine recipe is the EASIEST method for producing the most flavorful Roasted Turkey you have ever had. With these step by step directions for how to brine a turkey, you will be a rock star this at your holiday meal with very little effort on your part!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Turkey Brine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 12 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 brine
Calories 419 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1-3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1-3 sprigs thyme
  • 2-4 bay leaves
  • 1 cup carrot peels
  • 1 cup apple peels
  • 1 cup celery pieces
  • 2 cups onion pieces
  • 10-12 cups water

Instructions

Turkey Brine Recipe

  1. Place salt, sugar, and vegetable and fruit scraps in a large stock pan.

  2. Cover with cold, filtered water or chicken/turkey stock.

  3. Bring brine to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until sugar and salt have dissolved in water.

  4. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes, before storing in refrigerator to cool the remaining way. 

  5. At this point, you can strain off the solids from your brine. I typically leave them in the brine and then discard with brining bag in the morning after removing turkey from the brine. 

How to Brine the Turkey

  1. On the night before you plan to roast your turkey, place your thawed and cleaned out turkey into the large Ziploc Bag or brining bag.

  2. Pour the brining liquid over the into the bag.

  3. Pour cold water in to cover the bird completely in liquid–this is about 1 gallon of cold water.

  4. Seal the brining bag and refrigerate the turkey in the brine overnight. 

  5. Before roasting the turkey, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse off the excess salt on the turkey. Blot the turkey dry with paper towels. 

Roast Turkey

  1.  Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.

  2. Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees for 30 minutes.

  3. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.

  4. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting.

  5. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil for 15 minutes before carving.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
The Best Turkey Brine
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419
% Daily Value*
Sodium 113329mg 4722%
Potassium 146mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 108g 36%
Sugars 106g
Vitamin C 1.9%
Calcium 23.6%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.