Easy Roasted Turkey


  • 1 whole turkey defrosted ( Please refer to the recipe and notes for alternative size turkeys and timings.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 250 ml cold water


  • Remove your turkey from the fridge about an hour before you are going to cook it.
  • Preheat your oven to 180C about 15 minutes before you want to start cooking your turkey. It is really important that your oven is at the right temperature before you start.
  • Next, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the turkey and add a pinch of salt and a good few twists of black pepper. Rub the oil, salt and pepper all over the bird and place, breast side up on a rack in a roasting tray.
  • Pour 250ml cold water into the base of the roasting tray.
  • Calculate the roasting time based on 20 minutes per kg plus 90 minutes. See notes for precise cooking times. This is the TOTAL TIME the turkey will be in the oven for.
  • Cover the turkey in foil or a roasting bag and roast for 1 hour LESS than the total time you have calculated. The foil will help keep the breast meat juicy and stop the skin browning too soon and burning before the meat is cooked.
  • When there is 1 hour remaining of the TOTAL TIME, remove the turkey from the oven and remove the foil. Baste the turkey with the juices you find at the bottom of the tin. Put the turkey back in the oven, uncovered this time, for a further 30 minutes.
  • After these 30 minutes, turn the oven up to 220C, remove the turkey from the oven and baste with the juices. Return the turkey back to the oven for a final 30 minutes. Cooking the turkey at a higher temperature will help the turkey skin to brown and crisp up.
  • After a final 30 minutes (the turkey will now have cooked for the TOTAL TIME you calculated in step 3), remove the turkey from the oven and check it is done. Stick a small sharp knife in the fattest part of the turkey (between the breast and the thigh), and the juices should run clear and the meat should be white. If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should be 74C.
  • Transfer the turkey to a clean roasting tin (or similar). Allow the turkey to rest for 30 minutes, uncovered. It will not get cold and the meat will taste much better for being rested. Not covering the turkey also ensures the turkey will not lose its crispy skin.
  • Can be served with oriental rice or baked vegetables.
  • Use the turkey roasting tray to make delicious turkey gravy.


Total cooking times:

3kg turkey = 2h30,

4kg turkey = 2h50,

5kg turkey = 3h10,

6kg/ turkey = 3h30,

7kg/turkey = 3h50,

8kg/ turkey = 4h10,

9kg/ turkey = 4h30,

10kg/ turkey = 4h50.

Suitable for freezing.


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