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A whole turkey in turkey brine which is made with citrus, herbs and spices.

Turkey Brine Recipe

This turkey brine recipe is flavored with apple, citrus, brown sugar, rosemary and spices. It's the perfect way to guarantee a moist and flavorful turkey every time!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 43kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic smashed
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 2 oranges thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • 5 rosemary sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves


  • Place all the ingredients in a large pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes or until salt and sugar have dissolved. 
  • Turn off the heat. Let the brine mixture cool.
  • Place a whole turkey in the brine solution to fully submerge it, then refrigerate for 18-24 hours. 
  • When you're ready to cook your turkey, remove it from the brine and rinse with cool water; pat dry with paper towels. 
  • Proceed with your normal turkey roasting method, or I've listed my favorite turkey recipes below in the notes section.



Here are my favorite turkey recipes to pair with this brine


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.3mg