It is no doubt the great impression a well-roasted turkey makes on your table when it comes to occasions to celebrate. Some of you might think it is a hassle to roast such a big bird. But, when you get the flavor combination right and follow the right tips and tricks, there’ll be nothing better than a spicy roast turkey!

We will teach you how to cook a turkey in the right way by melding several great spices and herbs in this recipe. The lovely harmony of these flavors will ultimately result in an incredibly, juicy, flavorful turkey meat that everyone can enjoy.

Juicy and Spicy Roast Turkey Recipe

Make the most flavorful and juiciest turkey to enjoy with your whole family! This spicy roast turkey recipe required some pantry staples, which are effortless to find. The taste is incredible and perfectly compliments your dinner in any special celebration. So, let’s get started!

Spicy Roast Turkey Recipe!

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  • Spices & Herbs
  • 2 tbsp 2 Paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 Cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 Chili powder

  • 1 tsp 1 Ground Allspice

  • 2 tsp 2 Ground White pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 Minced Ginger

  • 2 tsp 2 Minced Garlic

  • 1 tbsp 1 Sage (freshly chopped)

  • 1 1/2 tbsp 1 1/2 Rosemary (freshly chopped)

  • 1 1/2 tbsp 1 1/2 Thyme (freshly chopped)

  • 3 tbsp 3 Flat-leaf Parsley (freshly chopped)

  • Other Ingredients
  • 1 1 Turkey (12-17 lb)

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 Plain Butter (softened)

  • 3-4 tbsp 3-4 Salt

  • Olive oil

  • To Stuff The Turkey
  • 3 3 Large stalks of Celery (cut into 1-inch pieces)

  • 3 3 Large Onions (cut into wedges)

  • 2 2 Large Carrots ( cut into 1-inch pieces)

  • 1 1 Herb bouquet (combine a few sprigs of fresh sage, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves)

  • 6 cloves 6 Garlic (peeled)

  • 4 pieces 4 Ginger (large pieces, peeled)


  • 1 Roasting Tray
  • 1 Basting Brush


  • Brining The Turkey
  • Before roasting the turkey, you must brine it and leave it for 1-2 days for the perfect flavor and texture.
  • You may wash the bird, pat dry it with paper towels and then use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim any excess fat and skin that needs to be discarded.
  • Then use the salt to rub it all over the bird. You need to focus on the cavities of the turkey and make sure salt rubbing reaches almost every part of the bird.
  • After rubbing with salt, place the turkey on a tray and put it in the refrigerator, leaving it to brine for 1-2 days.
  • You may flip the bird halfway through refrigeration to ensure an evenly dried-out skin.

  • Making The Spicy Butter Rub
  • In a bowl, combine softened butter, paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, allspice, white pepper, ginger, garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, and parsley.
  • Whisk the spices and herbs with butter and rub the turkey with a fine smooth paste.

  • Rubbing The Turkey
  • After 1-2 days of brining the turkey, remove it from the refrigerator and pat it dry with paper towels once it comes to room temperature.
  • Rub the butter-spice rub all over the turkey generously, sliding your fingers into its skin. Apply the rub very well on the cavities of the bird, making sure all the corners and edges of the turkey are coated with the rub.
  • Place your rubbed turkey back in the refrigerator and leave it there for at least 24 more hours before roasting.

  • Roasting The Turkey
  • Preheat your oven to 400 Fahrenheit.
  • Take out the bird about one hour before roasting. Brush some oil all over the turkey. You also may use any leftover butter rub if available.
  • Stuff the turkey with the bouquet of herbs, carrots, celery, garlic, ginger and onions.
  • Place the turkey on the roasting pan, breast side upwards. You may tie the legs of the turkey with a kitchen twine to hold its shape.
  • Place the rack in the lowest part of the oven. Roast the turkey for 30 minutes at 400 Fahrenheit, then reduce the heat to 325 Fahrenheit.
  • Continue to roast for about 2 hours and 30 minutes or more depending on the size of your turkey.
  • Check the doneness of the turkey by piecing a sharp knife between the flesh of the leg and the body. If the juices run clear, your turkey is cooked.
  • Let the turkey rest in the oven for at least 20 minutes after cooking. You may carve it after 20-30 minutes.

Tips and Suggestions by SpiceRally

  • Do not skip brining the turkey as it is a crucial step to getting flavorful turkey meat.
  • You may skip any spices and herbs or adjust the ingredients we have used in the butter rub according to your taste preferences.
  • You may also use one cup of butter with a half cup of oil if you need more texture in your rub.
  • Cover the breast and top of the drumsticks with foil, if the turkey is browning too fast  to prevent overcooking.
  • You may use an instant-read thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. When the thermometer registers at 170°F, your turkey is cooked.
  • For an extra punch of flavor, you can use about one teaspoon from one of the following seasonings- Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning, Turkey seasoning, or Italian seasoning.

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What Are The Best Ingredients You Can Use To Stuff Your Turkey?

Stuffing turkey solely depends on your personal preference. But still, you need to have an idea of what flavors go well with the richness of this meat. It is important to mix and match each ingredient with one another so you can get the best-flavored and juiciest turkey roast. You can use ingredients such as Leeks, Green onions, Shallots, Lime, Dried cranberries, Chiles and Almonds other than the ones on our recipe.

How To Make Your Turkey Tastier?

Just because you made a great rub and stuffed your turkey with various ingredients does not essentially give the perfect flavor and juiciness to the meat once cooked. Brining the turkey with salt and leaving it in the refrigerator for osmosis to do its magic will allow you to have wonderfully flavored meat. Also, make sure the rub reaches every part of your turkey, especially under the skin. Using a basting brush to moisten the turkey with oil before roasting it helps too. This step will ensure the moisture lock, resulting in a crispy exterior and juicy interior instead of tasteless, dry meat.

Is Our Spicy Roast Turkey Recipe Gluten-free?

Absolutely! Our recipe has all-natural, one hundred percent gluten-free ingredients so anyone with gluten sensitivity can undoubtedly enjoy this turkey. However, you may pay attention to the butter you are using since some flavored butter may contain traces of gluten.

Can You Include Roasted Turkey On Your Keto Diet?

Turkey is naturally very low on carbs, which is perfect to include in someone’s diet who follows a ketogenic diet. Since we have included some butter and oil in our recipe, this roasted turkey may have some carbs but that might also not be harmful to your keto diet.

If you need to check out on the best seasonings that go well with turkey, we have lined up an informative article for you. Just click on this link and refer to this post!

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