Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey


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Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey

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Impress your guests with this dry-brined turkey infused with citrus flavors.

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Servings and Ingredients

Serves 12
1 (12-to-14 lbs.) fresh turkey, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. orange zest, (reserve fruit)
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. lemon zest, (reserve fruit)
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. grapefruit zest, (reserve fruit)
2 tsp. lime zest, (reserve fruit)
⅓ c. kosher salt
1 ½ tbsp. Hy-Vee light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. cracked black pepper
2 sprig(s) fresh rosemary, plus additional for garnish
2 sprig(s) fresh sage, plus additional for garnish
¼ c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, melted

Things To Grab

  • Small bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Roasting pan with rack
  • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray
  • 100% cotton kitchen string
  • Meat thermometer
  • Aluminum foil


  1. Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey; set aside.

  2. Combine 2 tablespoons orange zest, 1 tablespoon each lemon, grapefruit, and lime zests, salt, brown sugar, and pepper. Rub mixture inside cavity and over skin of turkey. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 to 2 days.

  3. One hour before roasting, brush off citrus mixture from inside and outside of the turkey. Pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a roasting rack from a large shallow roasting pan with nonstick spray; place rack in pan. Cut reserved citrus fruits into wedges. Stuff fruits and herbs in turkey cavity. Tuck wings underneath breasts; tie legs together with kitchen string. Transfer turkey to prepared rack in pan.

  5. Combine butter and remaining 1 teaspoon each lemon and orange zests; brush over turkey. Roast, uncovered, 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Roast 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours or until turkey reaches 165 degrees in thickest part of meat. Cover with foil; let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Garnish as desired with additional citrus fruits and herbs.

    Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
    Nutrition cannot be accurately calculated for brined foods.
    Hy-Vee Test Kitchen

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Hy-Vee Seasons November 2021