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Citrus Brined Turkey

Get ready for a tasty holiday party with a simple recipe for gorgeous, juicy turkey. Just 10 ingredients, plus a beautiful bird, and you’re well on your way to an easy dinner for 8. The best part? This recipe is easy enough for a casual dinner party at any time of the year. Loaded with fragrant ingredients, this is a brine recipe you can count on time and time again. Pair with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and a side of spicy garlic bread for an impressive meal.


Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 24 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes (plus turkey roasting time)
Total Time: 40 minutes

1 (approximately 12 pound) whole turkey, giblets removed
2 gallons cold filtered water
2 cups Kikkoman® Rice Vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
4 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
4 rosemary sprigs
6 thyme sprigs


  1. Combine 1 gallon of water, vinegar, sugar, salt, cloves, peppercorns, orange, lemon, rosemary, and thyme in a large stock pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, about 15 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Continue to boil for 10 minutes. Cool brine to room temperature.
  2. Place turkey in a large pot and add remaining gallon of cold water along with cooled brine. Be sure to submerge turkey completely. Cover and transfer to refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. Remove turkey from brine and pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Season as desired and roast turkey according to your favorite method. Note: Do not salt turkey before roasting as this can result in an overly salty dish.


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