Sous Vide Turkey Breast

Turkey breast becomes uniquely tender from cooking under pressure with a juicy interior and soft texture. I paired it with a blood orange gastrique for flavor and color.

Sous Vide Turkey Breast
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins


  • 1 (2 pound) turkey breast half (with bones and skin)

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, or to taste

  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs

  • 2 fresh sage sprigs

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup Champagne vinegar

  • 2 cups blood orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil

  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prepare a thermocirculator and water bath according to manufacturer's directions. Set thermocirculator to 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) and allow water bath to come up to temperature.

  2. Season turkey breast evenly with 1 teaspoon salt and transfer to a large vacuum-sealable bag; arrange thyme sprigs, sage sprigs, and butter cubes around turkey breast in the bag. Seal bag with a vacuum sealer according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer vacuum-sealed turkey breast to warm water bath with thermocirculator, cover vessel with aluminum foil to reduce evaporation, and cook for 2 hours.

  3. While turkey is cooking, cook sugar in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat, without stirring, until deeply caramelized, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low and carefully add vinegar (mixture will begin to boil immediately and sugar will crystalize), and cook, stirring frequently, until sugar is completely dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes. Add blood orange juice, increase heat to medium-high, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until bubbles begin to thicken slightly and mixture becomes syrup-like in consistency, 10 to 12 minutes; season with salt to taste. Remove blood orange mixture (gastrique) from heat and set aside at room temperature to cool slightly until ready to use.

  4. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) with an oven rack positioned in top third of oven.

  5. Remove turkey breast from bag and transfer to a rimmed sheet pan lined with aluminum foil and fitted with a wire rack; discard contents remaining in bag (the meat will be at 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) when pulled from water bath).

  6. Gently pat turkey breast dry with paper towels and brush turkey skin with oil; season turkey breast evenly with remaining 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Place turkey breast, skin-side up, on the prepared sheet pan.

  7. Cook in the preheated oven until skin is crispy and golden brown, and a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion registers 155 degrees F (68 degrees C), 12 to 15 minutes. Remove turkey breast from oven and let rest at room temperature for 5 minutes.

  8. Using a knife, carefully remove turkey breast from bone; discard bones. Slice turkey breast against the grain into 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick pieces; serve with blood orange gastrique.

Cook's Note:

Be careful when vacuum sealing the turkey breasts so that the bones don't piece the bag.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

509 Calories
13g Fat
41g Carbs
55g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 509
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 174mg 58%
Sodium 1072mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 55g
Potassium 911mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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