Simple Roast Turkey Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Easy

Time: 225 MINUTES

6 ratings


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, room-temperature
  • 2 tablespoons parsely, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 12 lb turkey, fresh or defrosted
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, chunked
  • 1 carrot, chunked
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half horizontally


Step 1

Heat oven to 375°.

Step 2

Combine butter, parsley, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 3

Place the turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan fitted with a v rack, taking care to tuck the wings under the bottom of the bird.

Step 4

Sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the onion, celery, carrot and garlic inside the bird.

Step 5

Using your hands, rub the turkey with the butter mixture.

Step 6

Roast for 18 minutes per pound (for a 12-pound bird that’s roughly 3 1/2 hours). The turkey is finished roasting when the thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165° and the juices run clear.

Step 7

Tent the turkey loosely with foil and rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Simple Roast Turkey


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6 Reviews

Dana 11/7/2014
Mary Lou: I hav

Mary Lou: I have baked the turkey breast side down for 30 years. It is definitely true that it is moister if you cook it this way. I wouldn't cook it any other way. Once anyone tastes my turkey, they want to know how I made it so moist. Of course, I pass the tip along.

Judy 11/7/2014
Sounds delish.

Sounds delish. will definitely try it.

Kenneth 11/7/2014
This recipe soun

This recipe sounds incredibly good. I can't wait to try it. Thank you Paula. I noticed someone called you out for not washing your hands more often. I do the same thing and I haven't had trouble yet.

MaryLou 11/6/2014
Sounds good, but

Sounds good, but is it true that the breast will be moister if you bake the turkey breast side down?

Delores 11/5/2014
This is so yummy

This is so yummy and I like turkey anytime, not just on Thanksgiving but for salads and sandwiches too. Awesome Receipe Paula. Thank you !!!

Carol 11/2/2014
It looks great,

It looks great, however, I have a comment. Did Paula actually touch the cooked bird with the raw bird goop still shining on her hands?
Or did the video just not show her washing her hands?

Also when seasoning the turkey, she used raw goopy hands to pinch out the salt and pepper.
In days long past we didn't have to worry about such things, but this show was a cross contamination nightmare.

I want to try the recipe, of course, but I will be sure to wash up frequently after prepping the raw turkey.

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