Basic Roast Turkey

Basic Roast Turkey
Photo by Marcus Nilsson


  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • Kitchen string (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 12- to 14-pound turkey, giblets removed
  • 3 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley or leaves from 1 bunch celery (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • + 3 more ingredients
    • 2 medium yellow onions, cut into wedges
    • 6 tablespoons tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, or olive oil
    • 3 navel oranges, cut into wedges (optional)

Heat oven to 425° F. Rinse the turkey inside and out and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the wings underneath the body. If desired, tie the drumsticks together using kitchen string. Place the carrots, celery, and onions in a metal roasting pan. Transfer the turkey to a wire rack and place it ...

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