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Sometimes the best seasoning for turkey is a simple mixture of savory herbs and spices. This easy recipe for herb-roasted turkey requires very little prep time so you can work on the other parts of your holiday meal while your bird is roasting in the oven to tender, juicy perfection.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
3 hrs
30 mins
3 hrs 45 mins


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Clean turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a roasting pan with a lid.

  • Combine olive oil, garlic powder, basil, sage, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Use a basting brush to apply the herb mixture all over the outside of the uncooked turkey. Pour 2 cups water into the bottom of the roasting pan.

  • Cover the pan and roast in the preheated oven until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees F (82 degrees C) with an instant-read thermometer, 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

  • Remove turkey from the oven, and allow to stand for about 30 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

597 calories; protein 68.2g; carbohydrates 0.9g; fat 33.7g; cholesterol 198.3mg; sodium 311.3mg. Full Nutrition