Delicious Roast Turkey

Kelly Williams


This is how I make my turkey every year for Thanksgiving. Delicious, juicy, tender and show-stoppingly beautiful. Happy to share. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :D
Photo by me of my beautiful turkey!


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About 10
15 Min
3 Hr 15 Min


  • 1
    (10-12 lb.) turkey
  • 2-3 Tbl.
    olive oil, vegetable oil works just fine, too
  • 4 tsp.
    seasoning salt, i always use johnny's
  • 4 tsp.
  • 2 tsp.
    garlic powder
  • 4 tsp.
    dried thyme
  • 2 tsp.
    dried italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp.
    coarse ground black pepper
  • 1
    stick butter, cut up, room temp
  • 3+
    cups water, for bottom of roaster

How to Make Delicious Roast Turkey


  1. Remove any "innards" from turkey. Rinse turkey and cavity with cool water, pat dry with paper towel. Staring from open breast end, carefully seperate the skin from the meat all the way back, including the legs. Place pieces of cut up butter underneath evenly. Smooth skin back down nicely. Oil outside of turkey well with olive oil. Sprinkle with seasoning salt inside and out. Place on rack in shallow roasting pan with about 1/2" of water covering bottom of pan. This will make your turkey tender and juicy without steaming it, and give you plenty of drippings later for basting and gravy. Sprinkle rest of spices and herbs evenly on outside of turkey. Tie legs together, and tuck wings under.
    Roast, uncovered, in 325° oven for about 3 hours or until done. (*About 18-20 minutes per pound). *Baste every 30 minutes with pan drippings after first hour. When skin is browned to your liking, place a tent of foil on top of turkey. *You may also need to wrap a little foil around ends of legs as well. Let turkey rest for about 15-20 minutes before carving.

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About Delicious Roast Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey Roasts
Hashtag: #roast

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