How To Marinate A Turkey

Marinades are a great way to add a burst of flavor to perfectly cooked Butterball® turkey breasts, tenderloins and other turkey cuts. Whether you want a tangy twist or a spicy surprise, marinades are simple to prepare and don’t require days of preparation.

How to marinate a Turkey

Rules of Marinating

When using a marinade be sure to follow these general rules:

  1. If the marinade recipe requires you to heat the ingredients, be sure to let the heated marinade cool to room temperature before pouring it over your turkey.
  2. For recipes that call for a short marinating time, make the marinade several hours in advance so it can develop its full flavor.
  3. Keep your marinating meat covered and in the refrigerator.
  4. Use a sealable container or plastic bag that is large to position the food in a single layer, and turn to coat all sides.
  5. Use ¼ to ½ cup of marinade for every 1 to 2 pounds of meat.
  6. Marinate meat for 2 to 8 hours. The longer you marinate the stronger the flavor.
  7. Discard any leftover marinade that has touched raw meat.

Looking for a great marinade recipe? Try our Bourbon and Cola Marinated Turkey.

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