Skip to main content

Sous Vide Roasted Turkey

In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the glorious holiday feast (and excuse to indulge in tons of delicious food) that comes around on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving originated as a harvest festival and has been celebrated off and on since 1789, when George Washington proclaimed it an official holiday. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the fall-winter holiday season in the U.S., so in other words, let's start the party!

We're grateful for a holiday that gives us the opportunity to celebrate food and to create amazing dishes for our loved ones (and your loved ones!) to enjoy. To thwart the all-too-frequent dry turkey conundrum that many people encounter every year, this sous-vide preparation method always ensures a juicy, flavorful turkey and happy dinner guests. This is a show-stopping centerpiece that will receive rave reviews (and requests for your secret to the perfect turkey) for years to come.

  • Servings 1 whole turkey
  • Dish Main
  • Time 7 hours
  • Skill Home Cooks

Ingredients

SOUS VIDE ROASTED TURKEY ingredients

2 cups turkey stock (or 2 cups)
30 grams coarse sea salt (or 2 tablespoons)
15 grams black pepper, freshly ground (or 1 tablespoon)
1 whole turkey (10 to 12 pounds)
125 grams unsalted butter, cubed (or 1 stick)
2 grams fresh sage leaves (or 5 leaves)
3 grams fresh thyme (or 5 sprigs)
3 grams fresh oregano (or 5 sprigs)

Parts

SOUS VIDE ROASTED TURKEY

Step

Season the inside and outside and tend to use more traditional seasoning such as salt, pepper, and fresh herbs like sage and thyme for this whole sous vide turkey.

Step

Place the whole bird into a vacuum bag with a little bit of whole butter and some chicken stock.

Step

The bag is then tightly and cleanly sealed and placed into a preset circulator at 185F.

Step

Start the turkey at this higher temperature (185F) for 1 hour because we are trying to ramp up the initial cook to pasteurize and to get the heat momentum, so the bird starts cooking very quickly.

Step

After an hour at 185F, we turn the temperature down to 150F and hold it there for an additional 5 hours.

Remove it from the water bath and carefully strain off all those juices from inside of the bag that was released during the cooking process (you can use these for your delicious gravy).

Step

We place the turkey on a roasting rack and allow it to rest for about 20 mins.

Place it inside a preheated oven at 425F-450F.

Step

When the crust is golden brown, your turkey is ready to go. The USDA recommends cooking your turkey to an internal temperature of 165F, but the doneness will be up to you if you would like to cook for additional time.