How To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey At Home

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Imagine this! A delicious turkey is set on your dining table. The skin is crispy and golden and its meat is juicy and full of flavor. Now, imagine you made this amazing turkey for your Instagram-worthy Thanksgiving feast. You don’t have to imagine anymore. With Gordon Ramsay’s roast turkey recipe, you can actually make it in the comfort of your own kitchen.

I am sorry if this came out like an advertisement but Gordon Ramsay roast turkey is actually that good. The skin, as I already mentioned, is crispy, golden, and delicious. Anywhere you dig in, you’ll find a flavorful and seasoned turkey. The turkey is slathered with a herby compound butter before baking. This butter consists of lemon, garlic, and parsley. So, the turkey gets a herby sour kick. 

If you are making this turkey as a part of your lavish Thanksgiving dinner, serve it with delicious hot gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for roast turkey is also quite simple. He emphasizes basting the turkey every now and then for a juicy and perfectly cooked turkey. If I were you, I wouldn’t ignore this tip. Let’s quickly move to the recipe for Gordon Ramsay’s roast turkey. But before you check it out, explore the other Gordon Ramsay’s Thanksgiving recipes.

1. Gordon Ramsay’s Turkey Wellington– Gordon Ramsay’s turkey wellington is a great way to try something new for Thanksgiving while still sticking to the traditions. The wellington is layered with pastry, crepes, stuffing, and turkey. It is amazing and great for a high-end dinner.

2. Gordon Ramsay’s Turkey Breast– If you want a traditional Thanksgiving recipe but for an intimate dinner, try Gordon Ramsay’s turkey breast. It is a delicious juicy turkey with a crispy golden skin. It tasted like herbs, fat, and Thanksgiving.

3. Gordon Ramsay’s Roasted Squash Hummus– If you want to give your traditional Thanksgiving a Mediterranean twist, make Gordon Ramsay’s roasted squash hummus. This squash and chickpea hummus is flavorful and smooth. Serve it with toasted pita breads for the full Middle-Eastern experience.

4. Gordon Ramsay’s Honey Glazed Ham– The second best thing to turkey for Thanksgiving ham and what better recipe for ham than Gordon Ramsay’s honey glazed ham. The ham has a spicy and sweet flavor and looks perfect when roasted.

What Equipment Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey?

  • Large Bowl- The large bowl is used to mix and make the nearby compound butter for the turkey. 
  • Roasting Tray- Place the turkey in a big roasting tray that can catch the drippings so that you can baste the turkey in its juices. 
  • Oven- Place the turkey in a hot oven and bake it to perfection. 
  • Knife and Spoon- You’ll need a knife for chopping and carving and the spoon for mixing and basting.

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeResting TimeTotal Time
15 Minutes3 Hours 30 Minutes45 Minutes4 Hours 30 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey?

  • Turkey- Gordon Ramsay uses a free-range turkey like Norfolk Black or Bronze.
  • Onions, Lemon, Garlic- Stuff the turkey with halved onions, a whole lemon and horizontally halved garlic heads.
  • Smoked Streaky Bacon- This seemed a bit unusual to me but Gordon Ramsay places rashers of bacon on the turkey’s breast while roasting it to keep it moist. 
  • Bay Leaves- Stuff some leaves in the cavity of the turkey and the remaining under its skin.
  • Olive Oil- Drizzle some olive oil over the turkey before baking it. This will make the skin crispy and also keep the turkey moist. 
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper- Generously the turkey inside out with salt and pepper. 

For The Lemon, Parsley and Garlic Butter

  • Butter- You’ll need room temperature butter so it gets mixed well with the ingredients. 
  • Garlic- Add a little bit of crushed garlic to the butter to give a strong aroma.
  • Lemon- Finely grate the zest of lemon and juice as you’ll need these two. This adds a fresh feel and sour kick to the butter. 
  • Flat-Leaf Parsley Leaves- Add chopped parsley to the butter to give it the herby taste we have been talking about.
  • Olive Oil- A little olive oil to make it consistent and to add a little more fat. 
roast turkey topped with rashers of bacon

Steps To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey

1. For The Compound Butter

In a large bowl, add butter and sprinkle some salt and pepper over it. Pour a little bit of olive oil into the bowl and mix it well. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, and crushed garlic to it and mix well. Your compound butter is ready. 

2. Prepping The Turkey

Now, hollow out the turkey and season the cavity generously with salt and pepper. After that, stuff the turkey with onions, garlic, a whole lemon, and 2 bay leaves. Then, loosen its skin all over and stuff the butter under it. From the top of the skin, spread and rub it so it covers all of the turkey. Place the turkey with its breast side up on a roasting tray and spread the butter above the skin as well. Do some ‘Salt Bae’ action and sprinkle salt and pepper over it. Lastly, drizzle olive oil over the turkey and place it in an oven that has been preheated to 220°C.

3. The Roast Of The Turkey

Roast the turkey on high heat for about 10-15 minutes. No, it’s not ready! Put that fork down! Baste it in its juices and then reduce the heat of the oven to 180°C. Place the turkey back into the oven and roast it for 2 ½ hours. But you can’t take a nap as you have to baste and check up on the turkey every 30 minutes. If you feel the turkey isn’t cooked properly, you can cook it for 15 more minutes.

One way to make sure that the turkey is cooked is to insert a skewer in the turkey. If its juices run clear, you have a perfectly cooked turkey. If they are pretty pink, it’s pretty much undone. 

4. A Little Rest Before The Big Day

When the turkey is cooked, take it and let it rest for a minimum of 45 minutes. Then, you can start carving it. Serve this turkey the traditional way; with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. This combination is the OG Thanksgiving feast. 

Nutritional Value

Calories214 kcal
Fat8.4 g
Saturated Fat2.4 g
Trans Fat0.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat2.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat3 g
Cholesterol124 mg
Sodium 117 mg
Potassium 271 mg
Carbohydrates0.1 g
Dietary Fiber0 g
Sugar0 g
Protein32 g

How Will Gordon Ramsay’s Roast Turkey Look And Taste Like?

Roast turkey screams traditional Thanksgiving. Get your carving knives out along with Joey’s Thanksgiving pants (FRIENDS Thanksgiving reference). This delicious turkey checks all boxes. It scores on looks, taste, and aroma. The turkey looks golden and glazed from the outside. When you carve it, the meat is a dull white and the juices run clear. It has a tangy and savory taste. The parsley adds freshness and bay leaves also give a distinct earthy smell and fragrance. Serve it with steaming hot gravy, a delicious stuffing, and cranberry sauce so your tummy says ‘Happy Thanksgiving’.

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turkey with lemon parsley

Gordon Ramsay Roast Turkey Recipe

Gordon Ramsay's roast turkey recipe is simple and amazing. The turkey is covered in herby butter and stuffed with onion, garlic, and lemon. It is slow roasted and basted in its juices every now and then to get a perfectly roasted turkey.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Resting Time 45 mins
Total Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Course Chef’s Delight
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 214 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Bowl
  • Roasting Tray
  • Oven
  • Knife and Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 free-range Turkey (about 5 kg)
  • 2 Onions (peeled, halved)
  • 8 rashers of Smoked Streaky Bacon
  • 1 Lemon (halved)
  • 1 head of Garlic (halved horizontally)
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • Olive Oil (to drizzle)
  • Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For The Lemon, Parsley and Garlic Butter

  • 375 g Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic (peeled, crushed)
  • 2 small Lemons ( juice and grated zest)
  • A small bunch Flat-Leaf Parsley Leaves (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions
 

  • Start by preheating the oven to 220°C. While it is heating, make the compound herb butter.
  • Take a large bowl and add butter and sprinkle some salt and pepper over it. Pour a little bit of olive oil into the bowl and mix. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, and crushed garlic to it and mix well.
  • Now, hollow out the turkey and season the cavity with some salt and pepper. Then, stuff the turkey with onion, lemon, and garlic halves. Also, add 2 bay leaves to it.
  • Gently loosen the skin all over the turkey with your hand and stuff the herb butter under its skin. Spread it all under the skin so the turkey gets evenly coated. Then, stuff the 4 remaining bay leaves under the turkey skin as well.
  • Now, place the turkey on a roasting tray keeping its breast side up. Rub the butter all over the turkey skin and sprinkle some salt and pepper over it. Lastly, drizzle some olive oil over it and rub it with your hands to coat the turkey.
  • Now, place the turkey on a roasting tray keeping its breast side up. Rub the butter all over the turkey skin and sprinkle some salt and pepper over it. Lastly, drizzle some olive oil over it and rub it with your hands to coat the turkey.
  • Lower the heat of the oven to 180°C and return the turkey to the oven. This time, roast it for 2 ½ hours, basting and checking every half an hour.
  • After that, take out the turkey and let it rest for about 45 minutes. Remove the bay leaves from under its skin. Then, carve it and serve with gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

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Nutrition

Serving: 110gCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 0.1gProtein: 32gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 2.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 271mg
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