How to Cook a Turkey: Step by Step

When you are ready to cook the turkey, remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for one hour.

Step 1

Heat oven to 325°F. Remove neck, giblet and gravy packet, if applicable. These may be used to prepare gravy or stuffing.

Step 2

Place turkey on rack in shallow pan, breast side up, and loosely cover with foil. Remove foil after 1 hour of cooking.

Step 3

Roast until timer pops up and turkey is fully-cooked, 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. ALWAYS confirm doneness with a meat thermometer. Juices should run clear.

Step 4

Let turkey stand 20 minutes before carving.

Step 5

For optimal safety, cook stuffing and turkey separately. If desired, add fully cooked stuffing to cooked turkey just prior to serving.

Step 6

Approximate Oven Roasting Time at 325°F. – 8-12 pounds, 3-1/2 hours to 4 hours. – 12-18 pounds, 4-1/4 hours to 4-3/4 hours. – 18-22 pounds, 4-1/2 hours to 5 hours. – 22-24 pounds, 4-3/4 to 5-1/4 hours.

Turkey Weight & Cooking Times

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