Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

Citrus-Roasted Turkey with Lemon Aïoli

Seasoning with a citrus-salt rub and stuffing the cavity with lemons and oranges imparts fresh flavor and citrus fragrance and keeps the turkey extra juicy.

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 10 servings
  • Hands-on: 45 Minutes
  • Total: 5 Hours


  • 1 (14- to 16-lb.) whole fresh turkey
  • Citrus-Salt Rub
  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 2 small oranges, quartered
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • Kitchen string
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Lemon Aïoli


1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey, and rinse turkey with cold water. Drain cavity well; pat dry. Rub 4 Tbsp. Citrus-Salt Rub into cavity. Rub skin with remaining rub. Cover and chill 18 to 24 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 350°. Rinse turkey; drain cavity well, and pat dry. Toss together lemons, next 6 ingredients, 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 1 tsp. salt in a large bowl; spoon mixture into cavity of turkey.

3. Tie ends of legs together with kitchen string; tuck wingtips under. Place turkey, breast side up, on a lightly greased roasting rack in a large roasting pan.

4. Whisk together orange juice and remaining 3 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1/2 tsp. salt in a bowl; gradually whisk in remaining 1/4 cup oil until blended. Brush half of orange juice mixture over turkey.

5. Bake at 350° on lowest oven rack 1 hour. Brush remaining orange juice mixture over turkey, and bake 45 more minutes. Pour 1 cup broth into pan; bake 45 minutes. Pour remaining 1 cup broth into pan; bake 45 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of thigh registers 165°. Remove from oven, reserving pan juices. Cover loosely with foil; let stand 30 minutes. Transfer to a platter; serve with pan juices and Lemon Aïoli.


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