What is a good honey glaze for turkey?


Quick Answer

An easy honey glaze that tastes great with turkey requires only three ingredients: butter, orange juice and honey. The glaze is put on the turkey during the roasting process, creating a sweet topping that keeps in the turkey's juices, making it tender and moist.

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What is a good honey glaze for turkey?
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Full Answer

Honey Glazed Turkey

This recipe makes one 6- to 9-pound turkey, but can easily be doubled or tripled as needed.

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 3 hours

Ready in: 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 6- to 9-pound turkey
  • 1 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • Bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon tried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind, grated
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  1. Remove the giblets and neck from the thawed turkey and rinse. Pat dry.
  2. Make the stuffing using the bread crumbs, green pepper, onion, spices and chicken broth. Spoon the stuffing into the turkey cavity.
  3. Place the turkey on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, breast-side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, making sure to not touch the bone.
  4. Roast the turkey, uncovered, at 325 F for 1 hour
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, honey and orange juice. Mix well.
  6. Alternately brush the turkey with the glaze and the pan drippings several times while continuing to roast for another 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the turkey from the oven when the temperature reaches 180 F.
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