RECIPE: Rosemary Citrus Turkey (Chef Gabriel Lewis)

At John Boos, we love trying new recipes and have found quite a few new favorites from our friend Chef Gabriel Lewis. His new cookbook is out now, and we cannot get enough of his wonderful recipes! You will love this one for the holidays.

A holiday classic! No pardons for this bird. Nice and juicy with beautiful herbs and citrus! This is the turkey that you’ll like more than that ham!

(Serves 5-8)


  • 10 lb Turkey (Thawed and dried off)
  • 1 Large Lemon (Halved and zested)
  • 5-7 Large Garlic Cloves (Grated)
  • 1 Head of Garlic (Halved)
  • 8 oz (1/2 lb) Unsalted Butter (Softened)
  • 2-4 oz Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary (Minced)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme (Minced)
  • 1 Orange (Halved and zested)
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion (Peeled and halved)
  • 1-1/2” Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Black Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl, combine butter, rosemary, thyme, garlic, lemon zest, orange zest, salt and pepper. Mix until all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Using your hand, separate the skin of the turkey breast and legs. You want to create a space in between the skin and the meat. Once you do, take the butter, place it under the skin, and use the skin to push the butter around. You want to create a butter layer in between the meat and the skin. This will season the turkey while keeping it moist.
  4. Brush the outside of the turkey with the olive oil and season the outside and inside of the turkey with salt and pepper. Stuff the turkey with the garlic, orange, lemon and onion. Tie the legs back if you feel comfortable doing so.
  5. Place the turkey in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes to 1 hour or until the turkey gains color.
  6. Remove from the oven and baste with the melted butter and remaining olive oil every 2o minutes until the turkey reaches 165 degrees Fehrenheit. This should take around 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  7. Remove your turkey from the oven and allow it to rest with a light covering of foil for 10 – 15 minutes before carving.
  8. Serve with your favorite sides and gravy and enjoy!

Note: Use the drippings from this recipe in the gravy for a next level experience! Classic grandma move!

Are you enjoying this recipe? Click to purchase Chef Gabriel cookbook “We Got Food At Home: A Guide To Great Home Cooking“.

For more delicious content, follow Chef Gabriel Lewis on Instagram @the_gabriellewis.

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