Savory Herb Rub Roasted Turkey

Fragrant herbs bring mouthwatering aroma and show-stopping flavor to this holiday favorite. Be sure to reserve the pan juices to make Perfect Turkey Gravy.

Serves: Makes 12 servings.
20 mins Prep time 3 hrs 30 mins Cook time
20 mins Prep time
3 hrs 30 mins Cook time
  • Place oven rack in lowest position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Mix sage, paprika, seasoned salt, garlic powder, pepper and nutmeg in small bowl.

  • Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle about 1/2 of the seasoning mixture inside turkey. Stuff with onion and bay leaves. Brush turkey breast with oil. Spread remaining seasoning mixture over entire surface and under skin of turkey. Add 1/2 cup water to pan. Cover turkey loosely with heavy duty foil.

  • Roast 1 hour. Remove foil. Roast 2 to 2 1/2 hours longer or until internal temperature reaches 165°F (175°F in thigh), basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove turkey from oven. Let stand 20 minutes. Transfer to platter or carving board to slice. Reserve pan juices to make gravy or to serve with turkey.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: For easy cleanup, line roasting pan with heavy duty foil.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • Calories: 538Cholesterol: 212mg
  • Sodium: 558mgProtein: 73g
  • Total Fat: 26gFiber: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 3g

Ratings & Reviews: 4

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  • Nancy A. on 12/28/2013

    This was a great hit with the family. I did ours in the roaster to free up the oven. Roasted it on the highest temp the roaster could go for 30 minutes, then down to 325 for the rest of the cooking time. Did not lift the lid until it was toward the time when the turkey should be done. (This is important!) Turned out delicious and moist!

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  • Jan on 11/28/2014

    Very good and easy. Sounds like a lot of herbs and spices but they all meld together to make a great tasting bird. Bird came out nice and moist. Made sage sausage dressing on the side due to this recipe is for a unstuffed bird. This is the first time I have not stuffed a bird, but this recipe made me a fan. Easy.

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  • Lissa on 12/14/2013

    My family loved it first time ever cooking a turkey easy and moist

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  • GIGI on 11/22/2013

    I use chicken stock instate of water and cut up lemons then that's me plus thyme....and voila my preference

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