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Prepare yourself for a juicy flavor kiss with this turkey brine! Brining is a popular method for improving the flavor and moisture content of lean meats like chicken, turkey, pork, and seafood. Enjoy the juiciest and most flavorful turkey you'll ever eat.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
5 hrs
12 hrs
17 hrs 15 mins


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix water, chicken broth, and salt together in a 5-gallon bucket with a lid until salt dissolves. Add garlic, rosemary, onion, basil, savory, marjoram, thyme, tarragon, oregano, pepper, and coriander; mix well. Stir 2 cups ice into brine.

  • Place turkey into brine, filling cavity with brine. Add enough ice to the bucket to cover turkey. Secure the lid on the bucket. Swish bucket from side to side to chill water. Refrigerate turkey and bucket for 12 to 24 hours; refill with ice every 2 hours as needed.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Remove turkey from brine and pat dry. Discard brine. Place turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan.

  • Bake turkey in the preheated oven, basting every 30 to 40 minutes, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 5 to 6 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  • Remove turkey from the oven, cover with a doubled sheet of aluminum foil, and rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Note:

There is no need to add more spices when removing the turkey from the brine. The turkey will be flavorful and juicy enough. But, if you still choose to, prepare turkey as you normally would. This brine solution can be scaled back and used for any type of poultry, including roasting whole chickens or boneless chicken breasts.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

704 calories; protein 93.2g; carbohydrates 3.2g; fat 32.5g; cholesterol 272.3mg; sodium 7841.3mg. Full Nutrition