Brined Turkey Steaks

By Chef Mark Martin, Executive Chef, Ethan's of Elizabeth
Culinary Setting
Cooking Style
Bone-In Breast


1 9-lb TURKEY BREAST, with skin, OR substitute 12 6-oz TURKEY CUTLETS

1 c honey

1 c salt

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp dried thyme

6 c cold water

1/2 c rice wine vinegar

Pineapple Sauce

3 c pineapple juice

1 c fruit cocktail juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 c sweet onion, minced




Remove turkey breast from bone with a boning knife. Gently pull breast from bone. Separate breast into two lobes. (If desired, save bones for turkey stock.)

Combine honey, salt, basil, thyme, water and vinegar in saucepan.

Bring mixture to boil.

Place turkey breasts or cutlets into large glass or other noncorrosive bowl or dish.

Pour brine mixture over turkey.

Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Slice turkey breast into steak-size portions, ¾-inch thick and 6-ounces each.


Combine all remaining ingredients in saucepan.

Bring to low boil, then reduce heat.

Maintain over low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate until served.



Spray grill rack with nonstick vegetable spray. Prepare grill for direct cooking method.

Remove turkey steaks from marinade and discard brine. Place steaks on grill rack, 4 inches from medium heat. Grill about 8-9 minutes and turn once. Continue to grill another 8-9 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

Serve with an accompaniment of Pineapple Sauce.


Nutrition Facts

430 Total Calories

70 Calories from Fat

8 g Total Fat

12 % Daily Total Fat

2 g Saturated Fat

10 % Daily Saturated Fat

215 g Cholesterol

72 % Daily Cholesterol

740 mg Sodium

31 % Daily Sodium

16 g Total Carbohydrates

5 % Daily Total Carbohydrates

0 g Dietary Fiber

0 % Daily Dietary Fiber

15 g Sugars

70 g Protein

0 % Daily Protein

15 % Daily Vitamin C

6 % Daily Calcium

25 % Daily Iron