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Dry turkey brine recipe - Dr. Axe

Dry Brine Turkey Recipe With Herb Butter

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  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 24–48 hours
  • Yield: Varies
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Looking for a dry brine turkey that results in some really juicy and savory meat? Look no further than this awesome recipe, complete with herb butter.




  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fennel
  • 3½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • ½ orange, juiced
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar


  • 1230 pound turkey, thawed
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sage, chopped
  • 1 onion
  • 1 head garlic
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 cup mushrooms


  1. Place thawed turkey in a roasting pan.
  2. In a bowl or mortar, combine cardamom, rosemary, thyme, fennel, 1 tablespoon salt and crush to release the oils in the herbs. About 1 minute.
  3. Add sugar, orange juice, remaining salt and mix until well-combined.
  4. Massage the brine thoroughly into the turkey skin.
  5. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 24–48 hours.
  6. After the turkey is done brining, brush the brine mixture off the turkey and preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix together butter, rosemary, thyme and sage.
  8. Place ½ butter mixture under the skin of the turkey and rub into meat.
  9. Rub the remaining butter on top of the skin of the turkey until the whole turkey is covered.
  10. Place turkey in the oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Chop remaining vegetables small enough to stuff the turkey.
  12. Carefully pull the turkey out of the oven and stuff it with the vegetables.
  13. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for around 15 minutes per pound (which would be 3 hours for a 12-pound turkey and 7.5 hours for a 30-pounder!) or until the thigh is 180 degrees Fahrenheit and breast is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


You can use this turkey dry brine recipe for an entire turkey, or you can use it in a smaller amount for part of the turkey, such as a dry brine turkey breast.

  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: Varies
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 8 oz
  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 197mg
  • Fat: 9.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 50g
  • Cholesterol: 7.5mg