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Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey – How to Cook a Turkey in the Oven

Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey How to Cook Turkey in the Oven ASpicyPerspective.com #thanksgiving #recipes #turkeyHow to Cook a Turkey in the Oven:  If you are anything like me, you are already thinking about bird day. How will you season your oven roasted turkey? What Thanksgiving sides will you make? Does Thanksgiving dinner have to be the same old thing you make every year?

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I say no. At least, not quite.

I’m not suggesting you cause chaos by serving lasagna on Thanksgiving.

But what about taking the standard Thanksgiving dishes and give them a saucy makeover?

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Thanksgiving purists are happy because all their traditional dishes are represented; the adventuresome eaters are happy because they get to experience those dishes in a new way.

This year I’m planning to serve Asian Turkey, fragrant with exotic herbs and spices.

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I prep the turkey the same way I always do. Yet my rub, and the herbs I put inside the bird, will infuse a soiree of vibrant Asian flavors into the skin and meat.

This Asian turkey rub is made with mayonnaise, sriracha, ginger and garlic. Believe it or not, the mayo adds an amazing amount of flavor to the skin and makes it extra crispy.

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Then I place some Thai basil, lemongrass, ginger, and scallions in the cavity to perfume the bird from the inside out.

This method for oven roasted turkey brings additional flair to your Thanksgiving table without overshadowing the other dishes… traditional or not.

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You can serve your Asian-inspired oven roasted turkey with classic Thanksgiving sides, or you can give them all an Asian twist:  boy choy braised in white wine and butter, sweet potatoes with crystallized ginger, lemongrass garlic mashed potatoes, savory soy stuffing…

Before we get to the Asian turkey recipe, I want to share a few pointers for oven roasted turkey. Following these steps can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your bird.

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How to Cook a Turkey in the Oven

Thaw Early.

Shop for your turkey at least a week before Thanksgiving. Place it in a roasting pan and let it thaw in the fridge several days. This will ensure you don’t end up with a frozen bird Thanksgiving morning.

Brine.

Brining is a great way to infuse flavor into the meat. Prepare 1 gallon of water with 1 cup salt. Feel free to add any herbs and spices you desire. Then place the turkey in a clean bucket and pour the brine water over it. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Drain and dry.

If you run out of time to brine–don’t fret. Carefully loosen the skin of the turkey and rub all the meat (under the skin) with salt and herbs. Make sure to do this over the entire bird. Its not quite the same as brining but will still give your turkey much more flavor than simply salting the skin.

Dry Well.

Whether you brine or not, your turkey’s skin needs to be bone dry before seasoning to make sure in gets crispy. Use clean paper towels to give your bird a rubdown.

Stuff Not.

Stuffing a turkey is for the birds…heh heh! Sorry I couldn’t resist.

Make your stuffing in a baking dish, instead of stuffing it in the cavity of the turkey. Then your turkey can come out of the oven when the meat is moist and just cooked through, instead of drying out while you wait for the stuffing to reach the right temperature.

Birdy Massage.

Once your turkey is thawed, brined, and dried, rub the turkey down with oil, butter or mayo concoction to flavor the skin and make it crispy.

Start Upside Down.

Cooking your turkey upside down allows the fat and  juices to run into the breasts meat for extra flavor and tenderness. I usually cook my turkey breast-down for the first hour. Then flip it over, re-oil the top and roast it the rest of the way, right-side up. The top will pop back up and brown, for a pretty Thanksgiving bird.

Use High Heat.

After years of playing with the temperature and cooking time, I find I get a juicier bird with crispy skin, if I roast it at a higher temperature for less time–400 degrees F, usually for about 2 hours. This also frees up the oven for other Thanksgiving dishes.

Rest.

After all that, you and the bird need a little rest. I like to allow the turkey to sit for 30 minutes before I slice it. The juices redistribute and the slices tend to come out much neater.

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Asian Spiced Thanksgiving Turkey

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Whole Oven Roasted Turkey with Asian Herbs and Spices.
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 12-14 pound whole turkey thawed and brined
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch Thai basil
  • 3-4 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 2 inch fresh ginger piece sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lower the rack to the lowest position.
  • Dry the turkey thoroughly with paper towels. Stuff the basil, lemongrass, scallions and ginger slices in the main cavity and smaller neck cavity. Close the neck cavity with a toothpick. Most turkeys come with the drumstick tucked under a flap of skin to keep them secure. If your's didn't, tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  • Mix the mayonnaise, sriracha, ginger powder and garlic powder in a bowl. Massage over the entire bird, leaving 2 tablespoons of mayo mix for later. Then salt and pepper liberally.
  • Place the turkey, breast side down, in a roasting pan on a rack. Pour two cups of water in the pan and place in the oven.
  • Roast for 1 hour. Using paper towels or turkey lifting forks, carefully flip the bird breast side up. Rub the remaining mayo mixture over the top. Add additional water to the pan if needed, and roast another 45-60 minutes. You want to interior temperature of the bird to reach 165 degree F in the thigh area. *If the turkey starts getting too dark on top, cover it loosely with foil. Allow the turkey to rest at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 866kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 85g, Fat: 55g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 297mg, Sodium: 931mg, Potassium: 963mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 6.5%, Vitamin C: 8.1%, Calcium: 5.5%, Iron: 23.2%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Author: Sommer Collier

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  1. This year Thanksgiving was my first time cooking Turkey at home for Thanksgiving.. I didn’t want the traditional Turkey recipes so I searched and found this Asian spiced recipe.. I decided to give this a try and so glad I did! Everyone was raving about the Turkey and using high heat roasting  upside down trick worked very very well.. My Turkey came out mosit and very fragrant, tasted amazing! We ate left over turkey another 2 days straight and everyone loved to eat it. Thank you very much! I think I will try this recipe with chicken as well 😉

  2. In all the years I’ve roasted turkey, I’ve never had one so flavorful, moist or delicious. This recipe is a keeper. Everyone was raving about it and so disappointed that the leftovers were so few. Turkey is no longer a once a year menu item. Thank you so much!!!

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  5. Excellent option for an Asian inspired Thanksgiving! Easy prep and moist even without brining.

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  19. Hi, it’s my first time making turkey this year and I came across this recipe and really want to try it. I have a few questions though:

    1) Does it really only take 2 hours to cook the turkey?
    2) There is no basting needed for this recipe correct?
    3) Do you have a gravy recipe that pairs well with this turkey?

    Thanks!

    • Hi There!

      The cooking time varies base of the weight of the turkey, but at 400* a 12-14 lb turkey should cook in about 2 hours. And yes, this is a no-baste recipe.

      As for gravy, the pan juices have a lot of great flavor. You could whisk in some flour and simmer the juices and you would get a really nice gravy with asian flavors.

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  25. Great recipe! I will try it tomorrow for the first time, but I don’t have a separate turkey roaster. I only have an oven. Should I wrap aluminum oil around the turkey and roasting pan?

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  27. Now that is a glorious bird for Thanksgiving!! Love stepping out of the box with traditional food, to bad dad still rules turkey day :D Guess I’ll be making this for just me and the guys, too bad pops.

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  316. I am thankful that my father will be visiting for Thanksgiving this year, as I only get to see him about every two years or so!

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  321. I am thankful for many things but at the top of the list – my family, their health and God’s blessings.
    Oh…and this recipe…can’t wait to try it!

  322. Love this recipe. Gives a little twist on the traditional turkey, which might be a little unexpected from everyone, but delicious, nonetheless!

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  325. I would never think to use these flavors for turkey but I love the idea! Great tips, Sommer.

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  343. I am thankful for a healthy family!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Your turkey recipe looks delicious! All of your tips are helpful too! I’m a newlywed and this will be my first Thanksgiving that I’m hosting. I don’t have a turkey pan/roaster set yet, so this would definitely be wonderful to have. Thanks for the opportunity and for hosting the giveaway!

    Happy Thanksgiving, God Bless.

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  348. I am thankful that my family and friends who are still in the Northeast are all safe. I’m thankful that this year, a hurricane didn’t hit Florida. I’m thankful for my health and my family. I’m thankful for the friends I made in Oregon.

    I pinned the post and put it to facebook. Not to win, so much as to start curating a list of fun and unusual Thanksgiving dishes. I am trying to get a good list together, so keep me in mind!

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  351. What a wonderful giveaway and recipe. I’ll be making my very first turkey this year. I know, I know…I’m spoiled. I usually goes to my Parents and they prepare everything. Since they are not hosting this year, I’ll be visiting my In-Laws and bake my first turkey. This roasting set would comes in handy.

    I’m always thankful for my family. :)

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  352. I am thankful just to wake up each day and know I still have all of my family safe and in good health.

  353. Of all my many Blessings, my firstborn came on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Thank you God for Blessing me through the years with this awesome bundle of joy. I am Thankful

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  399. I’m thankful I found a new way to use turkey. I love the nontraditional flavor profile here.

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  418. I’m thankful that I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family this year!

  419. Every day I am thankful for all the extensive traveling I have done! And, I am HOPEFUL that one day, I can do more!!
    This is just one thing I am thankful for this year…

  420. This turkey looks SO amazing, Sommer! I am loving everything about it.

  421. This post makes me so happy! I’ve always loved November, but now that we’re about to have a baby any day now, I couldn’t be more thankful for everything we have. I cannot wait to celebrate thanksgiving and carve into a beautiful turkey like this with loved ones.

  422. I am so thankful for my husband of 31 years, he has been there for me through many trying times, supported me, & is my ROCK~! I have so much to love about him, he proves it to me daily. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful man in my life >>>> that is why I am thankful for my husband!

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  434. Sommer! You saved me! I’m making a big bird for the FIRST TIME and I needed your tips! I’m thankful for you :)

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  448. Pinned on Pinterest! This looks great!

  449. I am thankful for joy filled kiddos and good health. And friends like you who post such utterly delicious recipes! I’m no Thanksgiving purist – would LOVE to eat this bird!!

  450. I am SO thankful for a gracious God and the blessing of my family!

  451. great looking Sommer! And awesome giveaway!

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  458. Although I will miss my family back in Pittsburgh, I’m thankful this year for starting new family traditions with my fiance and his family! I’ll be cooking dinner for them, and I could totally use this roasting pan, as I don’t have one!!

  459. I love this! Such wonderful flavors that must taste out of this world amazing!

  460. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I want turkey right now. Ahhh torture. Guess I should take mine out of the freezer to thaw and hope there isn’t freezer burn or something bizarre from the power outages we’ve had. *fingers crossed*

  461. Ooo!! Loving this twist! The sriracha must be a perfect complement!

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  471. This looks like the perfect Turkey!! Love the seasoning :)

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  482. This year I am thankful for all my friends and family, and my father who almost didn’t make it through the year with us. I’m so thankful that he’s here with us and doing well!