How Do You Cook a Turkey in a Bag?


Quick Answer

To cook a turkey in an oven bag, coat the inside of the bag with flour, then add a seasoned turkey and optional vegetables. Seal the bag and cut slits at the top. Roast the bagged turkey in a roasting pan for the appropriate time, depending on its size.

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  1. Preheat the oven

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Prepare the oven bag

    Pour a small amount of flour in the bag and shake to fully coat the inside.

  3. Prepare the turkey

    Place a thawed turkey on a clean cutting board and remove the neck and giblets. Rinse the turkey thoroughly, including the cavity, and pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Season the turkey

    Brush the outside of the turkey lightly with melted butter or oil, then season the turkey generously with salt, pepper and any other seasonings you prefer.

  5. Place the turkey in the oven bag

    Place the turkey, breast side up inside of the oven bag. If you wish to add vegetables, such as chopped onions and celery, place those inside the bag first, then add the turkey on top.

  6. Seal and vent the bag

    Seal the bag loosely around the turkey using the included nylon tie. Cut six 1/2-inch slits into the top of the turkey bag to vent.

  7. Roast the turkey

    Place the bagged turkey inside of a large roasted pan, and place the pan in the oven. Cook the turkey until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh reaches at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit in the bag for another 15 minutes before removing it.

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