How to Roast a Turkey

Tips for how to cook turkey that's moist and delicious.

How do you prepare a turkey for roasting? The EatingWell Test Kitchen team shares their tips for cooking turkey in 4 easy steps. This method produces all the good looks and moist flavor you dream of in a Thanksgiving turkey. Try this technique with our Herb-Roasted Turkey recipe.

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How to Prepare a Turkey for Roasting

Step 1

Rub seasoning mixture all over the turkey, under the skin and into the breast meat.


How to Prepare a Turkey for Roasting

Step 2

Tuck the wing tips under the turkey.


How to Prepare a Turkey for Roasting

Step 3

Tie the legs together with kitchen string.


How to Prepare a Turkey for Roasting

Step 4

After roasting for 45 minutes, cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting the foil as necessary to conform to the breast.