Herb Roasted Turkey with Coconut Oil

Herb Roasted Turkey with Coconut Oil

It’s that time of year again, when novice and experienced cooks put their skills to the test cooking a homemade turkey dinner from scratch. Not every dish has to be perfect, but the turkey can make or break the entire meal. There are many methods, recipes and opinions about the best way to cook a turkey. Even with all the information available, questions about this traditional feast seem never ending. The trick to a perfect turkey is (drum roll please) that it’s really not that hard to produce a golden juicy bird for your celebration. Follow a few basic instructions, and make sure your bird is handled safely. Everything else is up to you!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 7509 kcal


  • 1 10-12- lb. thawed turkey
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 2 ribs celery cut into 3-inch lengths (wash and reserve the remaining stalk
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 3 tablespoons Coco Treasure Organic Coconut Oil melted


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Prepare the thawed turkey by removing gizzards and neck from the bird. Wash thoroughly inside and out with cool water. Remove any pin feathers from wings and any extra skin or unwanted bits. Pat dry—the inside too—with paper towels. Place the turkey on a cutting board.
  3. Mix seasonings together in a small dish.
  4. Rub about 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mixture inside the cavity of the turkey. Place the lemon, onion and chopped celery inside the bird.
  5. Gently loosen the skin the turkey skin by placing your finger between the skin and the flesh and pressing slowly, as if you’re separating two sheets of fragile paper. You should be able to get much of the skin over the breasts and leg/thigh area loosened.
  6. Rub some of the herb and salt mixture onto the turkey flesh, under the skin.
  7. Brush the turkey with the melted coconut oil. Cover the entire bird. Massage the remaining seasonings over the coconut oil.

  8. Remove the ribs from the celery stalk and place them in the bottom of your roasting pan. If there are extra pieces of lemon or onion that did not fit into the turkey cavity, nestle them into the celery.
  9. Transfer the turkey to the roasting pan. The vegetables in the bottom will impart flavor and keep the bird slightly elevated from the juices as it cooks.
  10. Pour one cup of water in the bottom of the pan.
  11. Roast for about 3 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees. Baste with the bird’s own juices every thirty minutes. Supplement basting with more melted coconut oil if there’s not enough liquid the first couple of times.
  12. Tent with aluminum foil if the bird gets too brown.
  13. Remove from oven and let rest 20-30 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Herb Roasted Turkey with Coconut Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7509 Calories from Fat 2916
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 324g 498%
Saturated Fat 109g 545%
Cholesterol 3592mg 1197%
Sodium 7986mg 333%
Potassium 11752mg 336%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1083g 2166%
Vitamin A 65%
Vitamin C 89.7%
Calcium 64.3%
Iron 246.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Tammie Burnsed

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Tammie is a freelance and creative writer who usually disparages the term “super food” but makes an exception for coconut oil. Her research for Coco Treasure has turned her into a verified coco-nut, and she’s made peace with that. Tammie lives in sunny California where she enjoys painting, writing and sharing all things beachy with her husband and two dogs.
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