Citrus & Herb Roasted Turkey

Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
4 HR
Cooking Style
Whole Turkey


15 lb WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or frozen (thawed)

3 Large lemons

2 Large limes

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/4 c dry white wine

1/4 c brown sugar, packed

As needed pan gravy

1 Bunch fresh sage

1 Bunch fresh marjoram

1 Bunch fresh thyme

To taste salt and freshly ground pepper

2-3 tbsp salad oil


Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Blot turkey dry with paper towels.

Squeeze enough juice from the lemons and limes to equal 2 tablespoons each. Cut the remaining lemons and limes in half and place in the turkey cavity. Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavity.

In a small bowl, mix the wine, brown sugar and citrus juices; reserve for glaze.

Gently loosen skin from the turkey breast without totally detaching the skin and carefully place 1 tablespoon each fresh sage, marjoram and thyme under the skin. Replace the skin.

Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with 1 or 2 skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (about 2-inches) roasting pan. Rub turkey with salt, pepper and 2 to 3 tablespoons of salad oil. Insert oven-safe food thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful that the pointed end of the thermometer does not touch the bone.

Roast the turkey in a preheated 325 degree F oven about 3-3/4 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. During the last hour of roasting time, baste with the pan drippings. During the last 30 minutes, baste with the citrus glaze. Loosely cover with lightweight foil to prevent excessive browning.

Remove turkey from the oven and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 440

Calories from Fat 200

Total Fat 22 g

% Daily Total Fat 34

Saturated Fat 6 g

% Daily Saturated Fat 30

Cholesterol 155 g

% Daily Cholesterol 52

Sodium 480 mg

% Daily Sodium 20

Total Carbohydrates 3 g

% Daily Total Carbohydrates 1

Dietary Fiber 0 g

% Daily Dietary Fiber 0

Sugars 3 g

Protein 53 g

% Daily Protein 0

% Daily Vitamin C 2

% Daily Calcium 6

% Daily Iron 20