How Long to Cook a Whole Turkey


If you’re going to be cooking a turkey this Thanksgiving, you probably have a few questions: How long should it cook? Do I need to thaw it before cooking? What temperature do I want my turkey to reach? Well, we’re here to answer all your turkey questions!

How to Cook a Turkey in a Pressure Cooker

If you’ve never cooked a turkey before, it can be intimidating. But with a few simple steps and a bit of prep work, you’ll be ready to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast in no time!

First things first: make sure that your turkey is fully defrosted before cooking it. You can also thaw it by placing it in the fridge overnight or submerging it in cold water for about 30 minutes (make sure not to let any part of the bird touch metal). Once thawed out, place your pressure cooker on high heat and add 1 cup water per pound of meat inside–so if you’re cooking an 11-pound bird, add 11 cups total liquid–and then place both racks inside as well cookers do not come with racks).

Next step is choosing how long you want these recipes take; they vary depending on size and weight of birds so refer back here if needed later on down below when we talk more specifically about each kind/type listed above!

How Long Does It Take to Bake a Whole Turkey?


The length of time it takes to cook a whole turkey will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your bird and how hot your oven is. In general, though, you can expect to bake a 12-pound turkey for about 2 1/2 hours at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If your oven runs hotter or cooler than that (and most do), adjust accordingly.

If you’re using a frozen bird and want to ensure that its juices stay inside while roasting rather than leaking out into the pan below it (which could make cleanup more difficult), allow 30 minutes per pound for thawing before placing it in the oven; if you don’t want this extra step in preparing for Thanksgiving dinner–or simply don’t have time for it–simply buy fresh turkeys from stores like Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s where they are available year-round!

How Long Does It Take to Bake a Frozen Turkey?

If you’re planning to cook a frozen turkey, the cooking time will depend on the size of your bird. A small (8-12 pound) turkey will take about 2 hours to bake and a large (14-18 pound) one will need 3 hours.

If you have a fresh turkey that has been thawed in advance of cooking, it might be best to cook it at 350 degrees F for 2 hours per pound or until an internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F in its thickest part–the breast or thigh area.

How to Cook a Whole Turkey in the Oven

To cook a whole turkey in the oven, preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Place the turkey in a roasting pan and baste it with butter or oil. Cover the bird with aluminum foil, then roast it for 45 minutes per pound–that’s about 20 minutes per kilogram (if you don’t have an instant-read thermometer). Remove the foil for last 30 minutes of cooking time so that you can brown up those delicious golden brown skin bits! Let stand for 15 minutes before carving into juicy slices of savory goodness!

What is the Best Way to Cook a Turkey?

You’re thinking about cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving, and you want to make sure it’s done properly. You’ve heard that roasting is the best way to cook a turkey, but what does that mean?

What is roasting? Roasting is a dry-heat cooking method where food is cooked at a high temperature in an oven or on an open flame. As long as your bird has been brined and rested properly (which we will discuss below), you can use this method with confidence!

The first step in roasting is seasoning the bird with salt, pepper and other seasonings like herbs or spices if desired. Next comes trussing–or tying up–the legs together so they don’t spread out while cooking (this helps keep them moist). Finally place into an oven preheated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit when tested with an instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part thigh meat near bone but not touching bone itself; this should take approximately 3 hours 15 minutes per pound.*

You need to cook your turkey to 165 degrees F.

The first thing you need to know is that the cooking time for your turkey will vary depending on the size of your bird, as well as how hot your oven is. A smaller turkey will cook faster than a larger one because it has less surface area for heat to penetrate and spread around. The temperature of the oven is also important: if you’re cooking at 350 degrees F., then it’ll take longer than if you were using 500 degrees F..

The second thing we need to discuss is how long it takes for raw meat (like poultry) to reach a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees F., which means that all parts have been cooked through enough so they’re safe to eat without risk of harmful bacteria surviving within them


If you’re looking for a great way to cook your turkey, we recommend using a pressure cooker. You’ll be able to get it done in less than an hour, which means you won’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. If you don’t have one or don’t want to use one, then consider baking the bird in the oven at 325 degrees F for about 2 hours (or until it reaches 165 degrees F). These methods should ensure that your bird comes out perfectly cooked every time!

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