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How To Spatchcock a Turkey

Get to spatchcookin’ as you butterfly your turkey for a perfect all around golden-brown. This technique helps to evenly cook your turkey in a flash so you’ll be enjoying that tender, juicy turkey in no time.

Fresh or Frozen Whole Turkeys

Learn how to spatchcock a turkey for an evenly cooked, crispy turkey, that takes less time to cook than traditional roasting. Follow these instructions with a fresh or thawed turkey and free up your oven space:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil, extending foil 3 inches past pan on both long sides. Place wire rack on pan.
  2. Remove giblets and neck. Place turkey on cutting board, breast side down. Using sharp kitchen shears, cut along one side of the backbone, leaving a 2-inch wide strip, cut along opposite side and remove.

Pro Tip

Using kitchen shears as an alternative to a sharp knife, is a safer option that provides more control and precision.

  1. Press on breast, down and towards outside. Turn the turkey over and press firmly down on the breast bone until the turkey flattens.
  2. Place turkey on rack, tucking legs and wings in to fit and making sure there is foil under any pieces that hang over side of pan. Pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Brush with oil. Prepare with seasonings.
  4. Roast 1 hour 20 minutes or until turkey registers 170° F in breast and 180° F in thigh when tested with instant-read meat thermometer.
  5. Let stand 10 minutes before carving.