Dry-Brined Roast Turkey with Garlic Sage Butter Recipe | Yummly

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 two to three days for the rub to penetrate the meat. To put it over the top for 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 pounds turkey (fresh or thawed frozen)
  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt (Diamond Crystal; or use 2 1/2 tablespoons Morton)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 4 garlic cloves (finely grated or pressed)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage (chopped, for rub)
  • 2 cups water (or unsalted chicken broth)
  • fresh sage (sprigs, optional, for serving)
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    Kiara 9 months 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.
    Dennis Paffel a year ago
    fabulous ,very moist and delicious flavor.