Herb Roasted Turkey With Citrus Glaze

Total Time
4hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs

From the National Turkey Federation. This is also a low-carb recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, reserve for gravy.
  2. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well.
  3. Blot dry with paper towels.
  4. Peel lemons and limes.
  5. Squeeze juice from lemons and limes to make least 2 tablespoons juice of each.
  6. Cut the remaining fruit in half and place in the turkey cavity.
  7. Sprinkle salt in the cavity.
  8. In a small bowl, mix the wine, brown sugar and citrus juices; reserve for glaze.
  9. Gently loosen skin from the turkey breast without totally detaching skin and carefully place 1 tablespoon each of marjoram and sage under the skin.
  10. Replace skin.
  11. Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with 1 or two skewers.
  12. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey.
  13. Return legs to tucked position.
  14. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (about 2 1/2" deep) roasting pan.
  15. Rub turkey with salt, pepper and oil.
  16. Insert an oven safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful the pointed end of the thermometer does not touch the bone.
  17. Roast turkey in a pre-heated, 325° F.
  18. oven for about 3 3/4 hours.
  19. During the last hour of cooking time, baste with the pan drippings.
  20. During the last 30 minutes of cooking time, baste with the citrus glaze.
  21. Loosely cover with aluminum foil to prevent over browning.
  22. Continue to roast until thermometer registers 180 degrees F in the thigh, or 170 degrees F.
  23. in the breast.
  24. Remove turkey from the oven and allow it to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.


Most Helpful

I found this recipe close to 10yrs ago. I have made it ever since. Till this day I have never tasted a better Turkey! It's become my tradition. Thank you!

Marilyn T. November 03, 2016

I first made this EXACT recipe back in 2003...it was my first time ever making a turkey and first time having Thanksgiving at my own home. The turkey turned out awesome! It tasted extraordinary!!! The meat was so tender and had a wonderful flavor..a slight tang along with the herb and nice golden outside. Beautiful. I LOVE this recipe. I lost it about 10 yrs ago during our move and hadn't found it again...til now.

tigerlily74 December 25, 2014

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