Roast Turkey, 8-10 Pounds

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Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey, and this simple recipe is the best way to cook a turkey.

Roast Turkey, 8- 10-Pound
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Roast Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
12

If you know an 8 to 10-pound turkey is the size you need, the next step is determining how long to cook a 10 lb. turkey. Whether your bird is stuffed or unstuffed, we've got the cooking times for your turkey. Don't forget to let it stand before carving.

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-10 pound) turkey

  • Salt (optional)

  • Stuffing (optional)

  • Cooking oil

Directions

  1. Pat turkey dry on the inside and out with paper towels. If desired, season body cavity with salt. Spoon stuffing (if using) loosely into neck and body cavities. Skewer neck skin of turkey to back.

  2. Tuck the ends of the drumsticks under the band of skin across the tail. If there is no band of skin, tie the drumsticks securely to the tail. Twist wing tips under the back.

  3. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with oil. If desired, insert a meat thermometer into the center of an inside thigh muscle. The thermometer should not touch bone. Cover turkey loosely with foil.

  4. Roast in a 325°F oven for 2-1/4 hours. Remove foil; cut band of skin or string between drumsticks so thighs cook evenly. Continue roasting for 30 to 45 minutes more (1 to 1-1/4 hours if stuffed), or until the thermometer registers 180°F; and the center of the stuffing (if using) is 165°F. (The juices should run clear and drumsticks should move easily in their sockets.)

  5. Remove turkey from oven. Cover with foil; let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Transfer turkey to a cutting board. Carve turkey. Makes 12 to 14 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

255 Calories
12g Fat
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 255
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 83mg 4%
Protein 35g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 344mg 7%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.5mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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