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Turkey marinade over a cooked turkey, garnished with herbs and grapes.

Turkey Marinade

This turkey marinade is a combination of olive oil, fresh herbs, spices and citrus, all blended together to make the most tender and juicy turkey ever! A quick and easy way to infuse flavor into your holiday turkey with minimal effort.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 12 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 175kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sage leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup thyme leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the marinade over a whole thawed turkey. Rub the marinade to coat all over the outside, then loosen the skin and rub some of the marinade under the skin.
  • Let the turkey sit in the marinade for 12-24 hours.
  • Scrape any large pieces of herbs and garlic off the marinated turkey so that they won't burn when cooked.
  • Roast, smoke or grill the turkey as desired, then serve and enjoy.



Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 750mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg