Citrus Herb Roasted Turkey

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This Citrus Herb Roasted Turkey is rubbed with rosemary, thyme, and oregano along with oranges juices. We also placed rosemary and oranges in the cavity for aromas to sink into the turkey giving it an aromatic taste.

Citrus Herb Roast Turkey

Unfortunately, this year we will not be doing a regular Thanksgiving. However, we will be having a Czechgiving as I like to call it. Hence, we decided to do a early Thanksgiving with this Citrus Herb Roasted Turkey. My eldest son challenged us to do something different with the turkey this year.

Great For Leftovers

Honestly, I can still clearly smell the turkey right now as my son continues to make turkey leftover sandwiches with the last of the turkey. He loves the dark meat of the turkey which allows me to make leftovers from the breast.

Citrus Herb Roast Turkey

Roasting The Skin

Last night we made leftovers from the rest of this turkey into a Instant Pot Turkey Enchilada Soup which will go up on the blog soon. Additionally, you can see above where I roasted the turkey for some time before using the citrus herb butter to brush the outside of the turkey.

Citrus Herb Roast Turkey

Furthermore, brushing outside helps the skin brown nicely. Therefore, the skin is browned and full of citrus herbed flavor. Additionally, you could use a citrus brine before roasting the turkey. However, I did not do that as I cooked this turkey from the frozen state.

Citrus Herb Roast Turkey

Can You Cook A Frozen Turkey?

The answer is yes as long as you remove the giblets, neck, and etcetera. First, it will take longer to cook the turkey to the correct temperatures. For examples, you can look at the turkey company website for inside temperature preferences along with using a digital thermometer to read the inside temps.

Citrus Herb Roast Turkey

Second, you can cook the turkey with neck inside but would suggest removing as soon as it’s not frozen. The bird will take a bit longer to cook and you cannot brine or stuff seasonings under the skin. Lastly, if you can it’s best to thaw the turkey a few days before in the fridge per the instructions. Hence, this will allow you to brine or spice the turkey for added flavor.

Citrus Herb Roast Turkey

Citrus Herb Roasted Turkey

Jenne Kopalek
This Citrus Herb Roasted Turkey is rubbed with rosemary, thyme, and oregano along with oranges juices.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Course Meat
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Large Turkey
Calories 977 kcal


  • 13 lb Turkey
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 oranges
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sprigs oregano
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Remove giblets, neck, and etcetera from the turkey.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Place turkey into the roasting pan. Cut one orange into quarters and place inside the cavity of the turkey. Place two sprigs of rosemary along side the oranges in the cavity.
  • Cover turkey and bake for 3 hours.
  • In a small bowl, add juice from one orange. Remove herbs from sprigs and place in bowl. Add 1/2 stick of butter and microwave for 1 minute. Melt butter by stirring.
  • Add salt and pepper to bowl. Stir well.
  • Using a brush, brush turkey with mixture. Replace cover and cook for another hour.
  • At this point your turkey should start to brown. You may take the temperature and make sure it matches the cooking temperatures on turkey company website or roaster pop has popped.
  • Leave of lid and cook until nicely browned.
Keyword Citrus, Roasted, Turkey

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