Sage Rubbed Roasted Turkey

For moist flavorful turkey, rub a savory sage seasoning mixture all over turkey. Also, add water to the roasting pan and loosely cover the turkey with foil for the first hour of roasting.

Serves: Makes 12 servings.
15 mins Prep time 3 hrs 30 mins Cook time
15 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 seasonings in small bowl.

  • Place turkey, breast-side up, in prepared pan. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mixture inside turkey. 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 and slice. Reserve pan juices to make gravy or to serve with turkey.

Cooking tip

Test Kitchen Tip: Place 1 large onion, quartered, and 3 McCormick® Bay Leaves in turkey cavity before roasting.

Flavor Variations:
Italian Herb Roasted Turkey:
Prepare as directed, using 1 teaspoon each McCormick® Basil Leaves, Rosemary Leaves, crushed, and Thyme Leaves in place of the Rubbed Sage.

Savory Roasted Turkey: Prepare as directed, using 2 tablespoons McCormick® Poultry Seasoning in place of the Rubbed Sage.

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 530Calories: 530Cholesterol: 212mg
  • Sodium: 557mgProtein: 73g
  • Total Fat: 26gFiber: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 1g