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Soy Honey Butter Glazed Turkey

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Serves 6


Prep Time

20 minutes


Cook Time

3 hours


Total Time

3 hours, 50 minutes

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About this recipe

Kikkoman® Soy Sauce, honey and butter give this classic roast turkey a sweet-savory glaze and a beautiful mahogany color. For an extra juicy and flavorful bird, brine your turkey overnight using our famous Juicy Brined Turkey recipe.


1 (12-14 lb.) turkey, thawed, giblets and neck removed
1 cup water
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 sprigs fresh rosemary

For Soy Butter Glaze
¼ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup Kikkoman® Less Sodium Soy Sauce
¼ cup honey


  1. Rinse turkey under cold water thoroughly and pat dry with paper towel. Add 1 cup of water to roasting pan and place turkey on wire rack in roasting pan. Allow turkey to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF and position oven rack to the bottom. Stir together softened butter, garlic, thyme, sage, sea salt and pepper. Spread butter on turkey skin, under skin and add a small amount to the cavity. Place 2 sprigs of rosemary in cavity of turkey. Truss legs together and tuck wings behind back. Roast for 30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, combine butter, low sodium soy sauce and honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes to slightly thicken. Turn heat off and transfer glaze to a small bowl to cool and further thicken. Carefully remove turkey from oven and lower temperature to 325ºF. Brush skin with a layer of the glaze and return to oven.
  4. Roast turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh (without touching bone) reads 180ºF and 165ºF for breast meat. Brush turkey skin with glaze every 30-45 minutes and add more water to pan if needed to prevent burning. If turkey starts to burn, spray a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray and tent over turkey. Remove turkey from oven and rest in roasting pan for 30 minutes before carving.


Even people who love soy sauce and use it all the time are often surprised to learn what it is and how it’s made. We make ours from just four simple ingredients—water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Those ingredients are transformed through a traditional brewing process—much like making wine or beer—that has remained unchanged for centuries.


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