Brined Turkey Breast

Turkey Breast
Roasted Brined Turkey Breast. nicolebranan /E+/Getty Images
    200 min
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A basic brine makes this turkey breast more flavorful, moist, and tender. Refrigerate the turkey in the brine overnight, then roast to perfection for a fabulous feast.

A turkey breast is a good size for a basic family meal or a relatively small holiday dinner. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 turkey breast, bone-in, about 5 to 7 pounds
  • 1 gallon ice cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt (if you only have table salt, use 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon allspice berries, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon mixed or black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Creole seasoning, optional

How to Make It

  1. Rinse turkey under cold water.
  2. Place turkey breast in a large cooking bag; place it in a large roasting pan or another large container (just in case the bag leaks).
  3. Add the brine ingredients to the bag, then close the bag and twist until brine is covering turkey. Use a twist-tie to secure the bag. Alternately, you can use a large, nonreactive covered container. Place in the refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 400° F (200° C/Gas 6). 
  5. Remove turkey from brine, rinse well with cold water, and pat dry. Place on a rack, breast side up, in a large roasting pan. Discard brine. Rub the turkey with vegetable oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, along with a little sprinkling of Creole or Cajun seasoning, if desired. Place a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast, not touching bone.
  6. Roast at 400° F (200° C/Gas 6)  for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 325° F (165° C/Gas 3) and continue roasting until the turkey breast registers at least 165° F (74° C) , about 2 to 3 hours.

Serves 8 to 10.

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