How to Cook a Turkey Without Thawing It


How many times have you forgot to take out the Turkey and it’s noon on Thanksgiving Day?

Okay.. maybe you haven’t done this, but I certainly have! I think the rush and stress of trying to cook and prep for several side dishes always makes me forget.

However, I do have  a solution….. you can cook a Turkey without thawing it! Think of this like a Turkey Hack! And if you need some suggestions on side dishes, I have 25 Side Dishes that are great for Thanksgiving!

How to Cook a Turkey Without Thawing It

How to Cook a Turkey Without Thawing It

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INGREDIENTS for How to Cook a Turkey Without Thawing It

turkey ingredients
1 frozen Turkey
1/2 cup Butter
1 Medium Onion
2 tsp minced Garlic
3 tsp Poultry Seasoning
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper

DIRECTIONS How to Cook a Turkey Without Thawing It
Turkey will take about 1 1/2 times to twice as long to cook from frozen.
Preheat oven to 325.

frozen turkey
Remove wrapping from turkey and place breast down on broiling pan.
Place in oven for 3 1/2 hours.

how to cook a frozen turkey
Remove from oven and see if bag with liver, gizard and heart can be removed from the neck area. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes. If the bag is plastic, do not let it begin to melt or it will ruin turkey.

unthawing a frozen turkey
Flip turkey breast side up and return to oven for another 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and see if neck can be removed from the body cavity from between the legs. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes.
Peel outer skin off onion and place in body cavity along with garlic.
Rub body down with butter and season with salt pepper and poultry seasoning.
Return to oven to finish cooking. Check for temperature in thigh of at least 175 and in breast of at least 160. Baste turkey with juices every time you check temperature.

cooked turkey final results
When temperature is reached, remove from oven and tent in aluminum foil for 30 minutes to allow turkey to rest before carving.

the best way to cook a turkey without thawing it

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How to cook a Frozen Turkey without Thawing It

How to cook a Frozen Turkey without Thawing It

Ingredients

  • Cooking a Frozen Turkey
  • INGREDIENTS
  • 1 frozen Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 3 tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  1. DIRECTIONS
  2. Turkey will take about 1 1/2 times to twice as long to cook from frozen.
  3. Preheat oven to 325.
  4. Remove wrapping from turkey and place breast down on broiling pan.
  5. Place in oven for 3 1/2 hours.
  6. Remove from oven and see if bag with liver, gizard and heart can be removed from the neck area. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes. If the bag is plastic, do not let it begin to melt or it will ruin turkey.
  7. Flip turkey breast side up and return to oven for another 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and see if neck can be removed from the body cavity from between the legs. If not return to oven and continue checking every 15 minutes.
  9. Peel outer skin off onion and place in body cavity along with garlic.
  10. Rub body down with butter and season with salt pepper and poultry seasoning.
  11. Return to oven to finish cooking. Check for temperature in thigh of at least 175 and in breast of at least 160. Baste turkey with juices every time you check temperature.
  12. Wen temperature is reached, remove from oven and tent in aluminum foil for 30 minutes to allow turkey to rest before carving.
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