Toby Jermain's Note:
The is one of two wonderful recipes my good buddy, Daves fixes. He got it out of the cookbook that came with his microwave, and as far as I know, is the only way he has ever cooked turkey in his life. Nuking turkey may sound weird, but this is the most moist, delicious turkey I have ever eaten, in addition to cooking in only 2 hours. It's one of the few things I actually cook in the microwave.
My Private Note
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- 14 -16 lbs turkey, thawed,neck and giblets removed,thoroughly rinsed inside and out,and patted dry
- enough your favorite dressing, to stuff the bird (or 4 cups coarsely chopped onion, celery, oranges, apples, and parsley)
- fresh ground pepper
- garlic granules
- seasoning salt
- lemon & herb seasoning
- fresh sage leaf, if not stuffing the turkey with bread dressing
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 -3 tablespoons flour
- 1Before attempting this recipe, make sure that your microwave is large enough to handle the bird.
- 2If not, go buy a larger microwave.
- 3It’s worth it!
- 4This recipe originated using a 650 watt microwave, but I've also used a 550 watt, a 950 watt, and most lately, a brand-new 1300 watt oven, which is almost too powerful.
- 5Timing is based on the 650 watt oven and needs to be adjusted for other wattages.
- 6Wash the turkey thoroughly inside and out, let drain well, and pat dry with paper towels.
- 7Reserve the neck and gizzards for gravy, or discard, as desired.
- 8Season the turkey generously inside and out as desired with salt, freshly ground black pepper, granulated garlic, onion powder, and lemon-herb seasoning.
- 9Stuff and truss the turkey.
- 10If you do not want to stuff it with dressing, be sure to stuff it full with coarsely chopped onions, celery, oranges, apples, parsley, and sage stems the onion mixture for the flavor and to ensure that cooking time is correct; timing is based on a stuffed bird.
- 11Rub the outside of the turkey all over with olive oil or butter.
- 12Wrap the wings and 2-3" of the ends of the legs with aluminum foil.
- 13No, this small amount will not hurt your microwave!
- 14Pour 2-3 Tbsp flour into a large plastic baking bag, and shake bag to coat the inside.
- 15Place turkey in bag (you will probably need help), and loosely close the bag opening with a plastic tie.
- 16If you close it tightly, the bag will probably explode due to steam buildup about half way through cooking!
- 17Place the bagged turkey, breast-side down, in a 9"x13"x2" microwave-safe baking dish, or a larger one if your microwave can handle it.
- 18Although the dish is not necessary, it sure makes it a lot easier to handle the turkey later and can compensate for a leaky baking bag.
- 19Leaks do happen, just ask the CIA and FBI.
- 20If the turkey is stuffed with bread dressing, microwave on HIGH for 50 minutes, rotating 180 degrees after 25 minutes.
- 21Remove from microwave, and turn turkey breast side up.
- 22Again, you will probably need some help.
- 23If the breast skin is stuck to the bag, try to release it, but don't get too carried away.
- 24Return turkey to the oven, rotating 180 degrees, and microwave on HIGH for an additional 50 minutes, rotating again after 25 minutes.
- 25If turkey is stuffed with veggies, not stuffed with bread dressing, reduce times from 50 minutes to 45 minutes.
- 26You can even use this method to cook a 5-6 pound bone-in turkey breast by reducing cooking times from 50 minutes to 20-25 minutes The best way to test for doneness is with an instant-read thermometer, stuck into the breast, not touching a bone, which should register 170-175 degrees F.
- 27Do not rely on the pop-up indicator that might have come with the turkey or on the timing cited above for final doneness.
- 28Use the thermometer!
- 29Temperature of the turkey will rise another 5-10 degrees F while the turkey rests.
- 30Remove the turkey from the microwave.
- 31Drain juices from the baking bag, degrease, and use to make your favorite gravy recipe.
- 32You can either let the turkey stay in the bag or remove it to a serving platter and tent with foil.
- 33In either case, allow the turkey to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
- 34Enjoy, with any accompaniments you desire!
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Nutritional Facts for Microwave Turkey
Serving Size: 1 (799 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1744.1
- Calories from Fat 805
- Total Fat 89.4 g
- Saturated Fat 24.5 g
- Cholesterol 720.3 mg
- Sodium 688.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 1.9 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
- Sugars 0.0 g
- Protein 216.5 g