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Butter-Basted Turkey

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 5 mins
Yield Serves 12 (serving size: about 6 ounces turkey)
This wonderfully simple bird uses clarified butter (with milk solids removed) to achieve a gorgeous golden brown color on the skin. Visit for how to prepare clarified butter.


  • Turkey
  • 1/3 cup clarified butter
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 261
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • sodium 594 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for another use. Pat turkey dry. Trim excess fat. Lift wing tips up and over back; tuck under turkey. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Brush turkey with clarified butter; sprinkle evenly with kosher salt. Place roasting rack in large roasting pan. Arrange turkey, breast side up, on roasting rack. Bake turkey at 325° for 1 hour and 10 minutes, basting after 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to 450° (do not remove turkey from oven); bake an additional 25 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meaty part of thigh registers 165°. Remove turkey from oven; let turkey stand for 30 minutes before carving. Discard skin.