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Ginger- and Garlic-Rubbed Turkey

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  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Roast: 2 hrs 45 mins to 3 hrs 325°F
  • Stand: 15 mins to 20 hrs

Ginger- and Garlic-Rubbed Turkey



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a small bowl stir together onion powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, pepper, and salt. Divide spice mixture in half; set one half aside. Stir soy sauce and 2 tablespoons oil into the remaining spice mixture to make a smooth paste (it will thicken as it stands).
  2. Remove neck and giblets from turkey; discard. Rinse turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Starting at the neck end of the turkey, loosen the skin by sliding your fingers underneath it, being careful not to tear it. Slide your hand as far as you can toward the opposite end of the turkey, separating the skin from the meat. Rub about three-fourths of the soy paste underneath the skin over the entire breast, working toward the thighs as much as possible. Season body cavity with the remaining soy paste. Place onion, fresh ginger, and garlic in body cavity. Pull neck skin to back and fasten with a small skewer.
  3. Tuck drumstick ends under band of skin across tail, if available. If there is no band of skin, tie drumsticks securely to the tail using 100-percent cotton kitchen string. Twist wing tips under back. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Rub additional oil and the reserved spice mixture over the entire bird. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle. The thermometer should not touch bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil.
  4. Roast for 2-1/2 hours. Remove foil; cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs will cook evenly. Roast for 15 to 30 minutes more or until the thermometer registers 175 degrees F. (The juices should run clear and drumsticks should move easily in their sockets.) Remove from oven.
  5. Cover turkey with foil; let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Carve turkey, discarding vegetables inside cavity.

From the Test Kitchen

Want a more traditional rub? Omit the ground ginger and add 1 tablespoon paprika. Substitute chicken broth for the soy sauce and use celery instead of ginger in the cavity. Want a spicy kick? Add 2 to 3 teaspoons Asian chili sauce, such as Sriracha sauce, to the spice paste and place 1 or 2 halved jalapeno chile peppers inside the body cavity.

Nutrition Facts (Ginger- and Garlic-Rubbed Turkey)

    Per serving:
  • 621 kcal cal.,
  • 30 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 1 g monounsatured fat),
  • 233 mg chol.,
  • 1276 mg sodium,
  • 5 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 1 g sugar,
  • 71 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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