Classic glazed turkey

Classic glazed turkey

20 mins Prep · 60 mins Cook

The more frequently you glaze the turkey, the glossier it will look when it’s served

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 20 minutes
Brining time 5-6 hours
Cook time 60 minutes
Serves 4-6
Cuisine American
Special Occasion Christmas
Diet Family Friendly
Preparation Moderate
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 634
Fat 22.7g
Saturates 12.1g
Protein 52.8g
Carbs 55.8g
Sugars 44.6g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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Preheat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7.


Zest the lemons and orange.


Add the freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice, 1 tsp of sea salt, peppercorns, fennel seeds, bay leaves and raw sugar to a small bowl and toss to combine. Rub the dry brine all over the turkey. Place the turkey in the fridge, uncovered, for 5-6 hours.


Rinse the dry brine off the turkey and pat dry with paper towel. Place it on a rack set in a large roasting dish, breast side up. Stuff the onion, garlic and herbs in the cavity of the turkey.


Working from the neck end of the turkey, gently loosen the skin from the breasts and rub 50g of butter under the skin and all over the outside.


Truss the turkey. Pour the stock into the bottom of the tray. Roast for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 75°C.


To make the glaze, place the Muscovado sugar, vinegar and smooth orange juice in a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook until syrupy. Take off the heat and whisk in the rest of the butter and 1/2 tsp of sea salt.


Pour out the stock from the bottom of the roasting tray and return the turkey to the oven to roast for a further 40-45 minutes, brushing with the glaze every 15 minutes. Remove the turkey from the oven and brush with the glaze. Roast for 15-20 minutes.


Transfer to a clean platter and allow to rest for 30 minutes before carving.


Serve with curly parsley.