How to Cook a Turkey

Nov 10, 2022, 3:00:00 PM

This year has been a little crazy... so why not learn to cook your very own Thanksgiving Turkey! With a little practice and learning some tips and tricks, you'll be cooking like a pro this Thanksgiving!

Want a roasted or fried turkey this year? Try out these recipes.

The first step is to make sure you get the turkey you need. Whether you want organic, fresh, or frozen... that's up to you. If you get a frozen turkey, thaw it and check the inside cavity and remove the giblets and neck.

After your turkey is out of the package and all the additional gizzards are removed, rinse the turkey with cold water.

Set your oven at 325 degrees.

Rub the turkey skin with the ½ cup butter, sea salt and ground pepper. Then, add 2-3 inches of water to the bottom of your turkey pan.


Add carrots, onions, and celery to the bottom of the roasting pan to increase air circulation and give your gravy a nice flavor.

Cover your turkey with loose aluminum foil. When there is about an hour left before your turkey is done cooking, remove the foil to get a golden brown crisp on the skin.

Cook your turkey based off the packages recommendations, or these general guidelines. Use a meat thermometer and stick it in the thigh of the turkey make sure it is thoroughly cooked. Your bird is safe to eat when it reaches 180 degrees.

8 - 12 pounds – 2.75 -3 hours

12-14 pounds – 3 – 3.75 hours

14-18 pounds – 3.75-4.25 hours

18-20 pounds – 4.25 – 4.5 hours

20-24 pounds – 4.5 – 5 hours

*Cooking time will take about 15 minutes for each pound.