Easy Keto Brined Roast Turkey

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This brined roast turkey is an incredibly juicy, crispy skin, and perfectly seasoned. This roast turkey is a fantastic keto Thanksgiving turkey recipe to feed a crowd. This is my go-to roast turkey recipe that is tried and true. 

roasted brined turkey

Roasted Turkey

Can you believe that fall is here and soon we are going to be in full swing of the holiday season? Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching, and if you are in charge of the turkey this year, consider this recipe! Or roast turkey for a weeknight meal, and enjoy leftovers for sandwiches, casseroles and more. This oven roasted turkey is simple ingredients that offer loads of flavor. 

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How To Thaw A Turkey 

If you are buying a frozen turkey, the first thing is the thawing process. You will find thawing your turkey in the refrigerator is the best bet. You will need to thaw yours for a 24 hour period per 4 pounds. So if you have a 12-pound bird it will take 3 days to thaw. So make sure to factor in the time for proper thawing.  

How Long Does It Take To Oven Roast Turkey

Depending on the size of your turkey it will depend on the time you need to cook your keto roasted turkey! Here are some guidelines to help you gauge a timeframe. Now, make sure that you ensure the turkey is fully cooked, use this as a guide. The minimum temperature for a turkey needs to be 165 degrees, internal temperature. 

  • 10 to 18 pounds 3 to 3-½ hours
  • 18 to 22 pounds 3-½ to 4 hours
  • 22 to 24 pounds 4 to 4-½ hours
  • 24 to 29 pounds 4-½ to 5 hours

keto roasted turkey

How To Prep A Turkey 

The first thing is you want to remove the giblets, turkey packet and neck from the turkey cavity. Then you will rinse and then follow the steps for brining as directed below.  

What To Pair With Roasted Turkey

  • Keto Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | A great side that is cheesy, hearty, and a low carb side dish. I highly recommend trying this mac if you haven't tried it. 
  • Instant Pot Keto Cauliflower Mash | This is a fantastic alternative to mashed potatoes, that is made in the Instant Pot. This is a tasty mashed cauliflower that is loaded with flavor. 
  • Green Bean Casserole | This casserole is rather easy to make and a classic side dish that is low carb. Give this keto green bean casserole a try and see how you like it. 
  • Garlic Ranch Roasted Turnips | Try this turnip recipe, it is loaded with ranch and garlic flavor. I have fallen in love with a roasted turnip. 
Yield: 8 people

Brined Roast Turkey

roasted brined turkey

The perfect keto Thanksgiving recipe, easy and juicy turkey every time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Additional Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 4 hours 10 minutes


  • Turkey Brine
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 2 gallons water
  • For the Turkey (if NOT stuffing)
  • Brined Turkey
  • 1 teaspoon each :
  • Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, ground sage (or Bell's seasoning), paprika
  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 apple, quartered (for cooking only)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, cut into pieces


The day before cooking:

  1. Remove turkey from packaging.
    Remove gravy packet (if included) and giblets. Rinse well on the
    inside and outside.

  2. In a large stock pot, dissolve
    kosher salt in water. Once the salt is completely dissolved, add the
    turkey to the pot. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to cook:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Remove turkey from the brine and
    rinse well on the inside and outside. Pat dry. Place in a roasting
    pan and bend wings under the bird.

  3. To the cavities of the turkey, add
    apple and vegetables. Apple will not add carbs UNLESS you are using the juice to make gravy later. If so, omit it.

  4. Baste the turkey with olive oil
    and generously salt and pepper and all seasonings on all sides.

  5. Place turkey in the oven and cook
    according to the chart below or until reaching an internal
    temperature of 165 degrees.

  6. Watch turkey carefully. If the
    skin on top begins to brown faster than the rest of the turkey,
    create a loose tent of aluminum foil over the top of the turkey.

  7. When done, allow the turkey to
    rest for 20 to 30 minutes prior to carving.

    Unstuffed turkey cooking times:

    10 to 18 pounds 3 to 3-½ hours

    18 to 22 pounds 3-½ to 4 hours

    22 to 24 pounds 4 to 4-½ hours

    24 to 29 pounds 4-½ to 5 hours

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gProtein: 13g

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    How To Reheat Roast Turkey 

    We all know that roast turkey can become dry once it gets reheated. Adding a little turkey broth or even chicken stock to the meat as you heat it up and it will help to keep your turkey moist and prevent it from drying out. 

    You can reheat it in the microwave or opt for a pan on the stove. 

    Give this recipe a try today, this turkey is crazy simple, savory, and downright delicious. 

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