Tips & Timings For Perfect Turkey

How do I cook the perfect turkey?

Jan De Nolf

Step 1

Preheat your oven on 220°C for at least 15 minutes

Step 2

Make a note of the weight of your bird. Knowing the exact weight will ensure the cooking time is correct and avoid an overcooked and dry bird, or a raw one. We have made the following table with 2 cooking times to ensure the perfectly baked turkey. 

(The turkey gets delivered: spread with butter, herbs and ready to bake) 

Weight of your turkey

First Baking Period

Second Baking Period

2.0 - 3.5 KG

40 minutes at 220°C

1.0 - 1.5 h at 180°C

3.5 - 5.5 KG

40 minutes at 220°C

1.5 - 2.0 h at 180°C

5.5 - 7.0 KG

50 minutes at 220°C

2.0 - 2.5 h at 180°C

7.0 - 9.0 KG

50 minutes at 220°C

2.5 - 3.0 h at 180°C

9.0 - 11 KG

50 minutes at 220°C

3.0 - 3.5 h at 180°C

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Step 3

Cover the turkey with aluminium foil and put it in the preheated oven for its first stage

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Step 4

The juice which is coming out of your turkey should be used to baste your roast with. This needs to be done every 15 minutes.

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Step 5

When the red button of the thermometer pops out, you should start verifying the 'cuisson'


Verifying the 'Cuisson'

For a non-stuffed roast: Put a needle in the thickest part of the thigh. If the gravy which is coming out, is not red, the turkey is ready. Whenever the gravy is still pink, let it bake for another 10 minutes and check again

For a stuffed roast: Put a needle up till the middle of your stuffing, pull your needle back. Whenever the point of your needle is hot, the turkey is cooked.

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Step 6:

Finishing off your sauce: at the end of your baking process, put your turkey on your serving platter. Heat your sauce in a saucepan and add the reduced juices from your roast to this sauce. 


Enjoy !