Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey


Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey |

For years and years and years, I dunked a raw bird in a wet brine and called it a day. Last year Josh spiced the brine with persimmons and quince and fall stuff like all-spice and cloves. I loved it. But, I also was curious if this was really even needed. I mean, it was kind of a pain. There was a trash bag involved and there’s something inherently weird about putting food you’re going to eat into a garbage bag, even if it’s clean.

So, I did some research. And turns out a lot of people we’re a million light years ahead of me with their hatred toward the wet brine. And some of the science behind why dry brines are best, made complete sense to me. (Serious Eats’ experimentation is super awesome.)

Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey |

I decided to give the dry-brine a go this year and I’m so glad I did. This year it’s all ’bout the dry brine. Says who? Just me.

The brine I made consisted of salt, ground coriander, minced herbs like sage, rosemary and thyme, and zest from a lemon and orange. It’s really actually quite simple. The bird is rubbed with it the day before and the entire bird dry-brines for a good 24 hours.

Citrus Dry-Brined Turkey |

There’s nothing fancy or weird or particularly unusual about this. I mean, it kinda reminds of how I like to roast a chicken. This recipe yielded the crispiest skin I’ve ever had on a turkey, which in my book immediately makes it a complete keeper. I would be completely content if someone served me crispy turkey skin ONLY. Of course, that’d be insane and v Paula Deen of me; not a cute look for me.

For the whole recipe and more pictures and a longer tirade about my love for this recipe and turkey, go to PBS Food!


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  • Reply Belinda@themoonblushbaker November 19, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Man your turkey is glorious and mouth watering! I can not wait to try it this Christmas!

  • Reply jeanna November 19, 2014 at 4:37 am

    i’m hosting thanksgiving this year for a small group and was starting to freak out about the turkey. i come from a family that used the bag method to roast the turkey (always makes for soggy skin.. it’s yummy meat but kinda sad) i was planning on just adapting your ‘how to roast a chicken like an adult’ recipe for the turkey so i’m glad this came along. i’m totally going to use this recipe! can’t wait! fingers crossed it goes smoothly….

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme November 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Ahh yes, sous vide! It’s sort of unfortunate when it comes to skin. This is an extension of that method–it’s awesome. Good luck and tweet me if you have any questions as you go! @acozykitchen

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  • Reply Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Perfect!! I’ll have to give the dry brine a try πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary Frances November 19, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I love seeing everyone’s different Thanksgiving recipes popping up this month! Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday (it revolves around FOOD!) and I am far too attached to my own recipe for roasted turkey but this dry brine sounds heavenly!

  • Reply Robyn @realfoodwholelife November 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Perfectly lovely. I’m going to be all about the dry brine this year too–all credit to you. Fist bump.

  • Reply francesca November 20, 2014 at 3:42 am

    it DOES feel weird to stick a turkey in a bin bag (albeit clean). I did this.

  • Reply Holley November 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

    you don’t know how many times i have said “i wish i could just have skin for dinner”

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  • Reply Sarah December 1, 2014 at 4:37 am

    We made this for thanksgiving and it turned out wonderfully. The whole family loved it. Thanks for such a delish recipe πŸ™‚

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme December 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

      YAASSS! This makes me so happy. I’ll never go back to the dry-brine!

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