The secrets to a perfect roast turkey

It’s never too early to pick up some pro cooking tips. Follow our guides and advice to learn how to prepare, cook and serve a roast turkey for your friends and family.

2-2.5kg serves 4-6

3kg serves 6-7

3.5kg serves 7-8

4-4.5kg serves 8-10

5-5.5kg serves10-12

6-6.5kg serves 12-15

 

How to cook

  • Weigh, Prep then Cover
  • Always weigh the turkey after it’s stuffed to get the timing right. Pour water into the roasting tin to keep moist and use foil to prevent burning. Remove the foil for the last 30 mins so that the skin becomes golden and crispy.

Turkey cooking times

All timings are based on an oven temperature of 180°C Fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4.

4-5kg

Cook time: 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes

Rest time: 1 hour 30 minutes

5-6kg

Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours

Rest time: 1 hour 30 minutes

6-7kg

Cook time: 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes

Rest time: 2 hours

7-8kg

Cook time: 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours

Rest time: 2 hours

8-9kg

Cook time: 4 hours to 4 hours 15 minutes

Rest time: 2 hours

9-10kg

Cook time: 4 hours 15 minutes to 4 hours 30 minutes

Rest time: 2 hours

NOTE: Please use these turkey timings as a guideline and ensure you refer to packaging for correct cooking times.

 

Turkey Taste Kitchen

Learn how to prepare your Christmas turkey like a professional with our handy Taste Kitchen videos. Below you’ll see how to carve your turkey and how to dress it.

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