Tips for Cooking a Perfect Turkey

The main event of most Christmas days is the turkey, so we’re going to give you some top tips for cooking the perfect Christmas turkey… pens at the ready!

Pre-heat your oven:

  • Fan – 180°C
  • Conventional – 200°C
  • Gas – 6Turkey 1.1

Prepping your turkey:

  • Rub generous amounts of soft butter over the turkey then season with salt & pepper
  • Layer rashers of bacon over the breast
  • Loosely wrap the turkey in a foil ‘tent’ so there’s space between the bird & the foil


Place your turkey in the pre-heated oven.

Turkey 2

Cooking times:

  • Cook for 20 minutes to seal in the juices
  • Turn the oven down: Fan – 160°C | Conventional – 180°C | Gas – 4 and roast for:
  • 10-12lb Turkey – 3 to 3 ½ hours approx.
  • 12-14lb Turkey – 3 ½ to 4 ¼ hours approx.
  • 14-16lb Turkey – 4 ¼ to 4 ¾ hours approx.
  • 16-18lb Turkey – 4 ¾ to 5 ½ hours approx.


  • Turn the oven back up to the pre-heated temperature, remove the foil & bacon and roast for approximately 20 minutes or until the breast is golden brown.


  • Turkey bacon cookedRemove turkey from the oven & cover with foil to stop the heat escaping.
  • Allow the turkey to rest for 20-30 minutes (allowing the juices to settle & run back into the meat)


As a rule of thumb, calculate 20 minutes per lb to ensure your turkey is properly cooked & tender.


We hope our little guide helps and we’d love to see how your turkey’s turn out on the big day so send us some snaps on Facebook or Twitter!

Posted 24th November 2015 in . .

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