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Everyone will love the juicy and flavorful Citrus Turkey with fresh sage and fresh thyme. You gotta try this tasty bird for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Citrus Turkey with Herbs (Video)

Everyone will love this juicy and flavorful Citrus Turkey stuffed with oranges, lemons, fresh sage and fresh thyme. Cooked perfectly and moist every time, a twist on a classic Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
Course Dinner, Holiday
Cuisine American
Keyword citrus roast turkey, citrus turkey, thanksgiving turkey recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 10 people


  • 1 whole turkey used a 13 pound (6kg) turkey
  • 1 stick of butter (125 grams) softened
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 3 tbsp fresh chopped sage
  • 3 tbs fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 orange, zested and sliced
  • 1 lemon, zested and sliced
  • 2 tbsp orange/lemon juice
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C in a fan forced oven.
  • Mix the softened butter with garlic, thyme, sage, parsley, orange zest, lemon zest, orange/lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the cavity of the turkey with orange slices, lemon slices, onion and fresh herb sprigs.
  • Carefully separate the turkey skin from the turkey breast. Pat the turkey skin dry. Using your hands, spread the herb butter between the turkey breast and skin, and generously slather the outside of the turkey. Save a bit of the herb butter for basting later.
  • Loosely cover with foil and place turkey in the preheated oven.
  • Cook the turkey for 15 minutes per pound (or 30 minutes per kilogram). Remove the foil when the turkey is ⅔ of the way cooked, and baste with remaining butter while it finishes cooking. The turkey is cooked when internal temperature is 165°F/75°C in the deepest parts of the turkey.
  • When turkey is cooked, remove from oven, cover with foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before serving.