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Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Garlic Sage Butter

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Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Garlic Sage Butter

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If you're looking for turkey with beautiful crisp skin and tender, juicy meat that's seasoned all the way through, try a dry brine. All you do is coat the bird with a mixture of salt, sugar, and spices, and then chill it for two to three days to allow the rub to penetrate the meat. To put it over the top on flavor, we've added a garlic-sage butter. Be sure your turkey is thawed before applying the dry brine to the skin; otherwise, as the turkey thaws, the seasoning blend will weep. The recipe is a Yummly original created by David Bonom.


  • 16 lb. turkey (fresh, or thawed frozen)
  • 5 Tbsp. kosher salt (Diamond Crystal; or use 2 1/2 tablespoons Morton)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. dried sage
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely grated or pressed)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh sage (chopped, for rub)
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth (or water)
  • fresh sage (sprigs, optional, for serving)
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    Nathan Stalvey 14 days ago
    Absolute perfection. I used this with a 12 pound turkey and cooked for 2.5 hours. The skin was awesome, and the meat was juicy. The drippings also made some delicious turkey gravy.
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    Tina Mmtz 2 years ago
    Loved it, thank you so much
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    Vasana Keokham 2 years ago
    I adjusted a few things. I mixed poultry seasoning 5 teaspoon, paprika 2 teaspoon, honey and agave 4 tablespoon and sautéed/ cooled down. I rubbed it all over the turkey and inside. I stuffed the cavity with 3-4 rosemary stems, thyme, a large orange sliced sling with lemon sliced inside. But they key is to brine the turkey for 24 hours with salt Luke warm water, add a whole sliced orange. The turkey was so juicy and the best I’ve ever had.
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    Sofia Campbell 2 years ago
    There was absolutely nothing special about this recipe. I didn’t find the turkey being all that flavorful even though I followed the recipe. I’m not making it again. I’ve been looking for a good recipe to make the bird flavorful and, unfortunately, this is not the one. I’ll have to keep looking
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    Stacie 2 years ago
    I tried this recipe on a whim. It was easy — you just need to start thawing your turkey about a week before Thanksgiving. In 30 years of making turkey this was the best bird I have ever made! So moist and flavorful! This will be my go-to turkey recipe from now on!
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    Jeff Field 2 years ago
    Turned out very good
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    Anette Fleet 2 years ago
    I made it last year, and it turned out amazing. I will use this recipe again this year.
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    Christina 2 years ago
    very tasty and probably the best turkey I ever made!
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    Kiara 3 years ago
    My go-to recipe for a stress-free Thanksgiving. I work for Yummly and I helped test this recipe in the office, but I have to say that this recipe was so easy that I’ve already made it twice at home myself. I had never tried a dry brined turkey before and I have to admit I was definitely intimidated that it was going to come out too dry. The flavors that infuse through the meat while it’s dry brining really brings out so much juice and herby, buttery flavor all throughout the turkey. I was also nervous when the recipe said not to baste the turkey at all, but to allow it to cook until it is done without opening the oven 😯 I have never done that and am religiously opening the oven every hour to baste a turkey usually. I trusted the recipe and followed the directions and I was pleasantly surprised. I can actually relax and let the turkey do it’s thing without having to worry about it overcooking or drying out.
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    Dennis Paffel 3 years ago
    fabulous ,very moist and delicious flavor.